Donna Vine, PhD

Associate Professor & Co-Director, Metabolic and Cardiovascular Diseases Laboratory

Agricultural Life and Environmental Sciences

Agricultural Food and Nutritional Science

About Me

Dr. Donna Vine was appointed as an Assistant Professor to develop new courses within the Nutrition Program in mid 2004, and went on to become a full Faculty member in January 2006. Dr. Vine has significant experience with course coordination, development and delivery of new units and courses from around the world in the areas of Human Nutrition, Food Science, Physiology and Disease. Dr. Vine has been able to design and develop appropriate content and lecture-based objectives using power point and WebCT tools for the courses Introduction to Principles of Nutrition & Natural Health Products in Nutrition. Dr. Vine has received significant commendations from her students regarding the delivery and content of these courses.  In her  faculty position Dr. Vine has established herself as a principle investigator in the pursuit of new research initiatives in the area of nutritional modulation of intestinal and postprandial lipid metabolism in the metabolic syndrome and polycystic ovarian disease. 

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Council Member, Canadian Society Endocrinology and Metabolism Council

Teaching Award 2016, University of Alberta, AFNS, Faculty ALES

Awarded McCalla Professorship, Research Disciplines: Dietetics and Nutrition.  University of Alberta, Canada

Nominated, Canadian Society of Endocrinology and Metabolism, Charles Hollenberg, Young Investigator Award (Basic Science)

Appointed Faculty of CME for Androgen Excess and Polycystic Ovary Syndrome Society

Honorary Research Fellow, School of Medicine and Pharmacology, Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences, University of Western Australia

July 2011   
Appointed Associate Professor, University of Alberta



2005-present    Member, Canadian & Alberta Obesity Network

2005-present    Member, Canadian Society Atherosclerosis, Thrombosis and Vascular Biology (CSATVB)

2006-present    Member, Canadian Lipoprotein Society (CLS)

2006-present    Member, International Society for Fatty Acids and Lipids (ISFAL)

2006-present    Member, The Endocrine Society

2007-present    Reviewer, Health Canada

2007-present    Executive Council: national guidelines, organizing committee of annual meeting, The Canadian Society of Endocrinology and Metabolism (CSEM)

2007-present    Co-Director, Metabolic and Cardiovascular Diseases (MCVD) Lab, University of Alberta

2007-present    Member, University of Alberta SCOLAR and MCBL Group

2007-present    Principle Member, Alberta Diabetes Institute (ADI) and Muttart Diabetes Research Training Centre

2008-present    Member, Faculty Academic Program, Div. Human Nutrition, UofA; Undergrad. Program Advisor Nutrition Major

2008-present    Member, [Chair as of July 2014] Nutrition and Food Science (NUFS) Program Committee, University of Alberta

2010-present    Member, Canadian Nutrition Society (CNS)

2012-present    Principal Member, Canadian Diabetes Association (CDA)

2014-present    Educator, Canadian Dietitian Continuing Education

2015-present    Scientific Reviewer, University of Alberta NSERC Academy of Reviewers for Grant Assist Program

2015-present    Member, University of Alberta Health Sciences Education & Research Council (HSERC)

2015-present    Executive Member & Abstract Reviewer for ENDO Conferences for The Endocrine Society

2015-present    Member, Academic Co-ordinating Committee (ACC), University of Alberta

2015-present    Member, Agricultural, Food and Nutritional Science, Dietetic Internship Selection Committee, UofA

2015-present    Member, Scientific Advisory Council, Sugar Institute, Toronto, Canada. 

2015-present    Principle Member, Medical Advisory Committee, Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome Awareness Association (POSAA), USA

2015-present    Principal Member: Continuing Medical Education, International Guidelines, Abstract/Poster Reviewer, Androgen Excess and PCOS Society

2015-present    Member of Dietetic Specialization Admission and Advisory Academic Committee, UofA

2015-present    Member of Dietetic Internship Committee, UofA

2016-present    Member, Abstract/Poster Reviewer, Women and Children’s Health Research Institute (WCHRI)

2017-present    Member, Dietitians of Canada



    •  We have made extensive contributions to the study of intestinal chylomicrons, which has lead to the discovery that the impairment of intestinal chylomicron metabolism leads to an accumulation of these particles in the circulation.

    •  We have been the first to provide evidence that dietary derived cholesterol oxidation products are rapidly absorbed by the intestine, are incorporated into intestinal chylomicrons and transported to the circulation.

    •  We have discovered using intestinal ‘Ussing’ diffusion techniques that dietary type and amount can influence both the histological integrity and the physiological transport processes of the intestine.

    •  We developed a novel surgical (in-situ perfusion) and analytical methods (con-focal microscopy) to determine the permeability of intestinal chylomicron-remnants into arterial vessels.

    •  We have pioneered the development of an animal model to investigate the pathophysiology of Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) and the development of insulin resistance and dyslipidemia in PCOS.


    Dr. Donna Vine and the Metabolic and Cardiovascular Diseases (MCVD) Laboratory are contributing to the link between intestinal lipid absorption and metabolism in relationship to cardiovascular disease, metabolic syndrome, polycystic ovarian syndrome and pre-diabetes. Emerging evidence suggest the intestine contributes significantly to whole body cholesterol and triglyceride metabolism, yet there remains a lack of knowledge regarding the regulation of intestinal lipid absorption, and transport of dietary lipids to the circulation via intestinal lipoproteins (chylomicrons). Dr. Vine and her team (together with Dr. Proctor, Nutrition, UofA) has been one of the first to contribute to the study of the effect of dietary fats on lipid transport and metabolism pathways in these disease states and they continue to research the basic physiological processes involved. Most recently they have begun to explore dietary improvements and pharmaceutical interventions to understand the etiology of the metabolic complications of PCOS in animal models.

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    Dr. Donna Vine has been teaching at the University level since 1992 and has accumulated significant experience from numerous institutions, primarily from Australia, but also recently here at the University of Alberta.  Dr. Vine's broad areas of teaching expertise are in the areas of Nutrition, Food Chemistry, Anatomy, Physiology, Biochemistry and Chronic Disease.  Dr. Vine  has contributed in a more specific capacity to the teaching programs that have included Anti-oxidants and Disease, Functional Foods/Bio-active Dietary components, Nutrition and Metabolism of Macro- and Micro-nutrients and Pharmaco-bioavailability.  Dr. Vine has developed and delivered courses on a continued basis throughout her career and she is very familiar with electronic presentations tools and WebCT content. 


    Institution/Area:  University of Alberta, Division of Human Nutrition (Edmonton, Alberta)
    Years Teaching:  Winter 2014 – current
    Responsibilities:  Course Development Coordinator Content Delivery   
    Course Title and Level:  Nutrition in the Prevention of Chronic Human Diseases. NUTR 452/AFNS 552   
    Teaching Method:  Lectures (ppt and WebCT based)
    Description of Content: Introduction to a variety of nutritional issues related to chronic disease etiology and prevention.

    Institution/Area:  University of Alberta, Division Human Nutrition (Edmonton, Alberta)
    Years Teaching:  Fall 2004 - current
    Responsibilities:  Course Development Coordinator Content Delivery   
    Course Title and Level:  Introduction to Principles of Nutrition NUFS 305
    Teaching Method: 
    Lectures (ppt and WebCT based)
    Description of Content:  Introduction chemistry, digestion, absorption, physiological function of energy nutrients, vitamins and minerals, and relationship to chronic disease.