Who We Are

Scientific Director

Kim Raine, PhD, RD, FCAHS

Dr. Kim Raine is Professor and Associate Dean (Research) in the School of Public Health, University of Alberta. Currently, she is also Scientific Director of the Centre for Health and Nutrition. She is a Registered Dietitian, and a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences. Her research focuses on exploring population interventions to address healthy weights. From 2008 - 2013 Dr. Raine held an Applied Public Health Chair. She served as President of the Alberta Public Health Association from 2009 - 2012, and was a member of the inaugural institute advisory board for the CIHR’s Institute of Nutrition, Metabolism and Diabetes (2001-2006). She has published 150 peer-reviewed articles, and has presented her research at numerous national and international conferences. Much of her work has involved integrated research, practice and policy advocacy for promoting healthier food environments in a variety of contexts.

Email: kim.raine@ualberta.ca
Phone: 780-492-9415



Laurie Drozdowski, PhD

Dr. Laurie Drozdowski is the Coordinator for the Centre for Health and Nutrition. Laurie received her MSc in Nutrition and Metabolism in 2000, and her PhD in Experimental Medicine (Gastroenterology) in 2005. She has published 37 peer reviewed articles and has presented her research at national and international conferences including meetings in Thailand, Spain and France. Following her PhD she worked as a Medical Affairs Manager with Mead Johnson Nutrition in Ottawa for 8 years before returning to Edmonton to assume her current role.

Email: drozdows@ualberta.ca
Phone: 780-248-1986


Janet Nielsen, RD Online Dietetic Bridging Program Instructor

Karena Apps Eccles, MSc, Teaching and Learning Support

Sabina Valentine, MSc, RD, Nutrition Consultant


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Executive / Steering Committee

Dr. Stanford Blade          

Dean of the Faculty of Agricultural, Life and Environmental Sciences                    

Dr. Kue Young

 Dean of the School of Public Health