Agricultural, Food & Nutritional Science

Human Nutrition

Human Nutrition research explores the links between all aspects of nutrition and human health with the ultimate goal of preventing diseases and enhancing the quality of life.

Significant contributions are being made in the areas of:

Nutrient Requirements: Investigation of nutrient digestion and metabolism with the aim of understanding nutrient requirements. Significant advancements have been made in understanding amino acid and fatty acid requirements as well as impact of dietary intake on the gut microbiome.

Team: Rhonda Bell, Catherine Chan, Catherine Field, Diana Mager, Rene Jacobs, Vera Mazurak, Carla Prado, Caroline Richard, Jens Walter


Nutrition and Disease: Understanding of the role of nutrition on immune function, energy metabolism, and the development and treatment of diabetes, obesity, cardiovascular disease, metabolic syndrome, polycystic ovarian syndrome and cancer.

Team: Rhonda Bell, Jean Buteau, Catherine Chan, Catherine Field, Rene Jacobs, Diana Mager, Vera Mazurak, Carla Prado, Spencer Proctor, Caroline Richard, Donna Vine, Jens Walter


Community Nutrition and Dietetics: Understanding the social and behavioural determinants of nutrition and health, childhood obesity and practitioner behaviour.

Team: Heidi Bates, Rhonda Bell, Catherine Chan, Anna Farmer, Noreen Willows