Healthy Human Development and Aging


Research in this area aims to improve current understand of the influence of nutrition on health outcomes across the life course, from in utero into adulthood. Examples of research activities in this area include (but are not limited to):

  • maternal and infant nutrition;
  • the impact of dietary interventions during pregnancy and lactation on gut microbiota, and on neurocognitive development, growth and body composition;
  • type 2 diabetes in infants and children;
  • food intake regulation during puberty and the influences of physiology (e.g., diabetes, obesity) and environment (e.g., television ads);
  • genetic indicators of increased risk of obesity; 
  • nutrition and chronic disease epidemiology across the life course; and
  • the impact of nutrient inadequacies and obesity-related chronic disorders on brain health and risk of neurodegenerative diseases. 

Faculty Members Conducting Research in this Area

Dr. Johane Allard, Professor (Status Only)

Dr. Harvey Anderson, Professor

Dr. Elizabeth Asztalos, Professor (Status Only)

Dr. Robert Bandsma, Associate Professor (Status Only)

Dr. Richard Bazinet, Professor

Dr. Jacqueline Beaudry, Assistant Professor

Dr. Zulfiqar Bhutta, Professor (Status Only)

Dr. Catherine Birken, Professor (Status Only)

Ms. Beatrice Boucher, Assistant Professor (Status Only)

Dr. Elena Comelli, Associate Professor

Dr. Ahmed El-Sohemy, Professor

Dr. Jill Hamilton, Professor (Status Only)

Dr. Anthony Hanley, Professor

Dr. Jessie Hulst, Associate Professor (Status Only)

Dr. David Jenkins, Professor

Dr. Mary L'Abbe, Professor

Dr. Lawrence Leiter, Professor (Status only)

Dr. David Ma, Professor (Status Only)

Dr. Jonathon Maguire, Professor (Status Only)

Dr. Vasanti Malik, Assistant Professor

Dr. Kozeta Miliku, Assistant Professor

Dr. Deborah O'Connor, Professor

Dr. Daniel Roth, Associate Professor (Status Only)

Dr. Daniel Sellen, Professor

Dr. Christopher Tomlinson, Associate Professor (Status Only)

Dr. Stanley Zlotkin, Professor (Status Only)