Department of Human Ecology

The department of Human Ecology hosts the Empey Lecture yearly. The lecture focuses on research topics in aging, gerontology, family ecology, textiles, family relationships and human ecology.

Empey Lecture

The March 25 Empey Lecture is postponed to a future date.

What are you made of and why should you care?: Nutrition and Body Composition

Lecture delivered by Faculty of ALES associate professor and Director of the Human Nutrition Research Unit, Dr. Carla Prado.

March 25, 2020 from 5-6 p.m. reception to follow


ECHA L1-190
Edmonton Clinic Health Academy (11405 87 Ave NW)


All are welcome! Alumni, students and professionals are invited to attend. This will be of particular interest to those in food and nutrition, public health, nursing, and other related fields.

This event is free to attend but registration is requested. 

Abnormalities in body composition such as low muscle mass and high body fat are prevalent and important predictors of health. Dr. Prado’s research shows the need for including these measures of body composition in nutritional assessments of individuals. This lecture will discuss the importance of muscle mass and how food and nutrition can be optimized to prevent/reverse its loss.

Speaker bio: Dr. Carla Prado, PhD, RD
Associate Professor & Campus Alberta Innovates Program
(CAIP) Chair in Nutrition, Food and Health
Director of the Human Nutrition Research Unit

Dr. Carla Prado, PhD, RD is an Associate Professor at the University of Alberta, and a Campus Alberta Innovates (CAIP) Chair in Nutrition, Food and Health. She is also the Director of the Human Nutrition Research Unit. Dr. Prado is an expert in assessing nutritional status through the precise measurement of body composition and energy metabolism. The focus of her current research program is to develop targeted nutrition interventions for the prevention and treatment of low muscle mass in patients with diverse chronic conditions. Dr. Prado is a recipient of Canada’s Top 40 Under 40 Award, an award that celebrates exceptional young Canadian leaders.