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Hope A. Weiler

Canada Research Chair in Nutrition, Development and Aging
Associate Professor
Director, Mary Emily Clinical Nutrition Research Unit

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hope [dot] weiler [at] mcgill [dot] ca (Email)

Degrees

  • Ph.D. 1996, McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario 1993-1996.
  • B.Sc. 1991 University of Guelph, Guelph, Ontario, 1987-1991.

Awards and Recognitions

  • Wiebe Visser International Nutrition Dairy Prize, International Dairy Federation 2010
  • New Investigator Award (15 y postdoctoral), Canadian Nutrition Society 2010
  • Norman Kretchmer Memorial Award in Nutrition and Development, American Society for Nutrition 2007
  • Canada Research Chair Tier II, Canada Research Chairs 2005

Active Affiliations

  • Expert Scientific Advisory Committee, Dairy Farmers of Canada
  • Editorial Board Member, Journal of Nutrition
  • Editorial Board Member, Nutrition Research

Professional Memberships

  • Canadian Nutrition Society
  • Dietitians of Canada
  • College of Dietitians of Ontario
  • American Society for Nutrition
  • American Society for Bone and Mineral Research
  • International Society for the Study of Fatty Acids and Lipids

Current Research

Dr Weiler's research program focuses on bone health at all ages and the role that nutrition plays in achieving or managing bone health outcomes.  Many projects are related to vitamin D and essential fatty acid intake and status as a means to clarify dietary recommendations and ultimately improve population health status.

Bone is a dynamic tissue that is responsive to many stimuli including nutrients such as vitamin D and long chain polyunsaturated fatty acids.  My research program focuses on bone health at all ages and the role that nutrition plays in achieving or managing bone health outcomes.  Methodology spans the spectrum from experimental studies to population measures to randomized trials.  Bone health is examined using dual-energy x-ray absorptiometry and peripheral quantitative computed tomography imaging, complemented by biochemical markers of bone metabolism.

  • MY LIFE Study: McGill Youth Lifestyle Intervention with Food and Exercise.  This is a study of obese children between 6 and 12 years of age that spans one year.  Families attend various research visits for tracking of health behaviors and outcomes in the children.  Being a randomized trial, some participants receive the lifestyle intervention whereas the control or reference group receives this upon completion of the year.
  • Vitamin D requirements of young children 2 to 8 years of age.  This is a randomized dose-response trial of vitamin D intakes through foods enhanced with vitamin D.  Main outcome measures including vitamin D status as well as health outcomes, in particular bone health.
  • Randomized trial of improving milk intake in the development of peak bone mass.  This randomized trial will use motivational counseling methods to improve milk intake in adolescents between 15 and 18 years of age.  Bone health outcomes will be tracked to establish if improving milk enhances peak bone mass.

Publications

To view a list of Dr. Weiler's publications, click here.

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