Our researchers have expertise in a broad range of areas related to food and nutrition across the lifespan, from the impact of maternal and infant nutrition on development to how diet influences the development of chronic diseases later in life. Work carried out by our researchers also follows the continuum of food and nutrition, from food composition and the effect of food processing on nutrients through digestion, fermentation by gut microbiota, absorption and metabolism of nutrients. Research areas of concentration include nutrient bioavailability and bioactivity, nutrigenomics, prebiotics and probiotics as well as the role of diet during the early stage of development and in the onset of cardiovascular disease, inflammatory bowel disease, kidney disease, diabetes and cancer.
Research symposium on the health benefits of food
December 22, 2017
On December 11th, the School of Nutrition Sciences has held a first-of-its-kind Research Symposium on health benefits of food. Both the outgoing Vice-Dean of Research for the Faculty of Health Science, Dr. Mario Lamontagne, and the newly appointed Vice-Dean, Dr. Jeff Jutai were on hand to welcome guests from Carleton University, the Ottawa Hospital (TOH), the Children’ Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO), Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, and Health Canada in addition to professors and students from the University of Ottawa.
Dr. Lingyun Chen, who is a Canada Research Chair in Plant protein, structure function and nutraceutical delivery from the Department of Agricultural, Food and Nutritional Science, University of Alberta, was the invited speaker. Dr. Chen described her work on protein-based delivery systems of nutraceutical compounds, which was followed by a talk on the importance of dietary fibre for health and wellbeing by Dr. Susan Tosh, Director of the School of Nutrition Sciences. Dr. Chibuike Udenigwe, Associate Professor and Assistant Director – Graduate Studies of the School of Nutrition Sciences spoke about the many faces of peptides in food and health and Dr. Krista Power, Associate Professor in the School of Nutrition Sciences, explained the interplay between food and the intestinal microenvironment and implications for health and disease.
It was an outstanding opportunity for professors to connect with health professionals and other researchers working in similar fields and for the audience to learn more about emerging research areas. Definitely something to repeat!... and indeed, another Research Symposium is already planned for 2018.