Dia Sanou


Dia Sanou
Assistant Professor

2009, Postdoctoral studies, Community nutrition & aboriginal health research, University of Alberta, AB
2008, Ph.D., Nutrition, Laval University, QC
2000, M.Sc., Biochemistry & microbiology, University of Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso
2000, M.Sc., Biochemistry & microbiology, University of Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso

Room: THN 215
Office: (613) 562-5800 ext. 7043
Fax: (613) 562-5632
Work E-mail: dsanou@uottawa.ca


On extended leave until December 31st, 2015

Dia Sanou is a public health nutritionist and assistant professor in the Interdisciplinary School of Health Sciences. He received a Ph.D. in Nutrition from Laval University and completed his postdoctoral training in aboriginal health at the University of Alberta. A graduate from the University of Ouagadougou (B.Sc. and M.Sc.), Professor Sanou also holds a Certificate in information technology and nutrition from the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences. He also worked overseas for the National Public Health Laboratory and the National Nutrition Center in Burkina Faso and he is still collaborating with international organization and governmental agencies in Francophone West Africa to improve nutrition policies and programs. Dr Sanou is also an adjunct professor in nutrition at Laval University.

Professor Sanou’s research uses participation action research to understand and improve the nutritional health of children and youth from disadvantaged communities in global context. He is working on : i) environmental determinants of child and youth nutritional health particularly food insecurity and related coping mechanisms among immigrants families in Canada, Western Burkina Faso (West Africa) and rural Haiti (Caribbean); ii) impact of acculturation on dietary habits and nutritional health, and iii) multisectoral approach and effectiveness of public health nutrition policies and programs in developing countries.

Research Interests

  • Canadian immigrant nutritional health  
  • International food and nutrition security
  • Interdisciplinary/multisectoral approaches to public health nutrition interventions, programs and policies
  • Strategic capacity and social innovations in public health nutrition

Selected Publications

  • Sanou D, O’Reilly E, Ngnie-Teta I, Batal M, Mondain M, Andrew C, Newbold KB, Bourgeault IL. Acculturation and Nutritional Health of Immigrants in Canada – A Scoping ReviewJournal of Immigrant and Minority Health (2013) (in press, Epub ahead of print). doi: 10.1007/s10903-013-9823-7 
  • Ngnie-Teta I, Sanou D.  Visibility and dissemination challenges of nutrition research in French speaking Sub-   Saharan AfricaInternational Journal of Child Health and Nutrition (2012) 1(2): 157-164.
  • Richa A, Sanou D.  Risk factors for diabetes in Canadian immigrants : a synthesis of recent literature. Canadian Journal of Diabetes (2012) 36 (3): 142-150.
  • Sanou D,Ngnie-Teta I. Risk factors for anemia in preschool children in sub-saharan Africa. In Anemia, Dr. Donald Silverberg (Ed.), ISBN: 978-953-51-0138-3 (2012) pp. 171-190. InTech.
  • Sanou D,  Turgeon-O’Brien H, Desrosiers T. Impact of an integrated nutrition intervention on nutrient intakes, morbidity and growth of rural Burkinabe preschoolchildrenAfrican Journal of Food, Agriculture, Nutrition and Development (2011) 11 (4): 4968-4984. online.
  • Sanou D, Iron supplementation for infants in malaria-endemic regions. WHO eLibrary of Nutrition Programme: Recommendations, Evidence and Good Practices. Geneva, World Health Organization (2011).
  • Pigford AE, Sanou D, Ball GDC, DyckFehderau D, Willows ND. Abdominal adiposity and physical activity in Canadian Cree schoolchildren. Canadian Journal of Diabetes (2011) 35 (4): 328-333.
  • Willows N, Sanou D, Bell R. Assessment of Canadian Indigenous infants’ birth size using the WHO Child Growth Standards and Canadian and Icelandic population-based birth references. American Journal of Human Biology (2011) 23 (1): 126-131.
  • Sanou D, Bengaly MD. Politique nationale de nutrition au Burkina Faso: recadrer pour plus de résultats Biosanté (2010) 4:4-9.
  • Sanou DTurgeon O’Brien H, Desrosiers T, 2010. Nutrition intervention and adequate hygiene practices to improve iron status of vulnerable preschool Burkinabe children. Nutrition (2010) 26 (1): 68-74.
  • Sanou D, Turgeon O’Brien H, Ouedraogo S, Desrosiers T, 2008. Caring for orphans and vulnerable children in a context of poverty and cultural transition: a case study of a group foster home programme in Burkina Faso. Journal of Children and Poverty (2008) 14 (2): 139-155.
  • Sanou D, Turgeon O’Brien H, Desrosiers T. Prévalence et déterminants non alimentaires de l’anémie et de la carence en fer chez des orphelins et enfants vulnérables d’âge préscolaire du Burkina-Faso. Nutrition Clinique et Métabolisme (2008) 22 (1): 10-19.
  • Sanou DAnémie par carence en fer et objectifs du millénaire pour le développement en Afrique Sub-saharienne. Actes du 3ème symposium AFRICASUM sur les objectifs du millénaire pour le développement: limites conceptuelles et opérationnelles en Afrique subsaharienne.  Université de Montréal, Canada. (2008) pp. 39-44.
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