Research Teams

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Dr. L'Abbé's Lab

Dr. L’Abbé is an expert in public health nutrition, nutrition policy, and food and nutrition regulations, with a long career in in mineral nutrition research. She leads a research group on Food and Nutrition Policy for Population Health. Her research examines the nutritional quality of the Canadian food supply, food intake patterns, and consumer research on food choices related to obesity and chronic disease.

Dr. Mary L'Abbé's Lab

Dr. Anderson's Lab

Dr. Anderson’s lab group is internationally recognized, and takes a multidisciplinary approach to research projects in three areas of focus. One area of research focusses on the role of folate and choline in the maternal diet on programming development of the rat brain and later life regulation of food intake and risk of the metabolic syndrome. A more applied area of research studies the effects of commodities, including dairy, potatoes and pulse and their components on food intake and metabolic regulation, with emphasis on physiological mechanisms, in humans of all ages. As well the development of appetite control of children is of interest. As Director of the NSERC Program in Food Safety, Nutrition and Regulatory Affairs, Dr. Anderson also leads research relevant to Health Canada’s responsibility for food regulations and for public health.

Dr. Bazinet's Lab

Dr. Bazinet’s research team is examining the mechanisms that regulate brain lipid metabolism (signaling) and to identify the role of brain lipid metabolism in the pathogenesis of neurodegenerative diseases and neuropsychiatric disorders.

Dr. Bazinet's Lab

Dr. Comelli's Lab

Dr. Elena Comelli, Lawson Family Chair in Microbiome Nutrition Research, Joannah & Brian Lawson Centre for Child Nutrition

Dr. Sievenpiper's Lab

Generations of nutrition research has often focused on identifying a single nutrient that leads to health benefits or disease. Clinical practice guidelines and public health policies are now moving away from these traditional nutrient-centric approaches to more food and dietary pattern-based approaches, a process Dr. John Sievenpiper helped initiate and steer in the Diabetes Canada 2013 Clinical Practice Guidelines for Nutrition Therapy.

Through randomized controlled trials, knowledge syntheses (systematic reviews and meta-analyses), and knowledge translation activities, Dr. Sievenpiper’s research program attempts to drive this modernization of food and dietary pattern-based approaches by investigating the role of dietary sugars (fructose, sucrose, and high-fructose corn syrup), legumes/dietary pulses (beans, peas, chickpeas, and lentils), tree nuts, and dietary patterns (including the Portfolio diet and low glycemic index dietary patterns) in cardiometabolic health.
The ultimate goal of Dr. Sievenpiper’s research program is to identify and investigate important diet and disease questions in relation to diabetes and cardiovascular diseases, with the view to inform clinical practice guidelines, public health policy, and the design of future randomized controlled trials in order to improve the health of those living with or are at risk of developing diabetes and cardiovascular diseases.

To date, Dr. Sievenpiper has led or been involved in the conduct of several randomized controlled trials, including the Fructose and Allulose Catalytic Effects (FACE) Trial [ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT02459834], Dried Fruit and Postprandial Glycemia Trial [ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT02960373], Strategies To OPpose Sugars With Non-nutritive Sweeteners Or Water (STOP Sugars NOW) Trial [ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT03543644], and the Combined Portfolio Diet and Exercise Study (PortfolioEx) [ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT02481466], as well as >35 systematic reviews and meta-analyses in this area. His research has helped inform the prevention and treatment of diabetes and cardiovascular diseases, and has been cited extensively in guidelines. He has also provided expertise for several national and international medical and public health organizations, including Diabetes Canada, the European Association for the Study of Diabetes, the Canadian Cardiovascular Society and the American Society of Nutrition.

Dr. Tarasuk's Lab

Dr. Tarasuk is the principal investigator of PROOF, an interdisciplinary research program investigating effective policy approaches to reduce household food insecurity in Canada. PROOF’s recent activities have included an analysis of food insecurity in Nunavut following the implementation of Nutrition North Canada, studies to determine health care costs, mortality rates, and morbidity related to food insecurity in Canada; a study of the impact of the Canada Child Benefit on food insecurity prevalence and severity; and the establishment of knowledge translation tools to disseminate findings to key stakeholders and the general public. Dr. Tarasuk’s research also extends to population-level dietary assessment and food policy issues.

Dr. Tarasuk's Lab

Dr. El-Sohemy's Lab

Dr. Hanley's Lab

Dr. Jenkins' Lab