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Dr. Carla Prado, PhD, RD

Assistant Professor & Campus Alberta Innovates Program (CAIP) Chair in Nutrition, Food and Health; Director of the Human Nutrition Research Unit; CIHR New Investigator

Agricultural, Life and Environmental Sciences

Agricultural Food and Nutritional Science

About Me

Education, Training and Employment History

Assistant Professor – Department of Nutrition, Food and Exercise Sciences, Florida State University, USA.

Visiting Scholar - Institute for Ageing and Health, Newcastle University, UK.

Postdoctoral Fellowship - NIDDK, National Institutes of Health, USA.

Postdoctoral Fellowship - Department of Oncology/Cross Cancer Institute, University of Alberta, CA.

PhD - Nutrition & Metabolism, Department of Agricultural, Food and Nutritional Sciences, University of Alberta, CA.

Postgraduate Degree (Specialist) - Academic Teaching, FacLions, BR.

Undergraduate - Nutrition/Internship, UFG, BR.

Research Area

Nutritional Assessment / Clinical Nutrition


Research

Dr. Carla Prado, PhD, RD is an Assistant Professor at the University of Alberta, a Campus Alberta Innovates (CAIP) Chair in Nutrition, Food and Health, and a Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) New Investigator. She is the Director of the Human Nutrition Research Unit, a state-of-the-art research and training facility. Her laboratory is dedicated to the study of nutrient intake, energy metabolism and skeletal muscle and adipose tissue dynamics and its effect on health. 

Dr. Prado is an expert in assessing nutritional status through the precise measurement of body composition and energy metabolism. Her research has shown for the first time the prevalence and clinical implications of sarcopenic obesity (concurrent appearance of low muscle and high fat) in cancer, and has provided evidence of the independent effect of body composition on cancer recurrence, treatment and survival. Her expertise also includes the assessment of whole-body macronutrient metabolism and the regulation of body weight and composition during weight loss. The focus of her current research program is to develop targeted nutrition interventions for the prevention and treatment of sarcopenic obesity in patients with diverse chronic conditions. She is currently the Principal Investigator of two randomized controlled trials investigating the impact of nutrition intervention on body composition and health.

Dr. Prado received her Ph.D. from the University of Alberta, Canada, and has completed further training at the Cross Cancer Institute (Canada), the National Institutes of Health (USA) and Newcastle University (UK). She is an Associate Editor of Clinical Nutrition and the Journal of Cachexia, Sarcopenia and Muscle and has been recognized as a Fellow of the Obesity Society (USA). She serves as a member of the Body Composition Clinical Guidelines group for the American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition, and the National Cancer Institute Sarcopenia Workshop Planning Committee.



Teaching

NUTR 482 - Introduction to Dietetic Practice (Winter 2018).

NUTR 440 - Current Topics in Nutritional Science (Winter 2016, 2017).