Rundle-Lister Lectureship in Transformative Nutritional Medical Education
Nutrition is crucial to improving health and preventing disease. And yet, despite all of medicine’s advanced technologies, basic nutrition remains a blind spot in our healthcare system. The Rundle-Lister Lectureship in Transformative Nutritional Medical Education is poised to change that. The Lectureship is awarded once a year to a preeminent clinician researcher in recognition of their outstanding contributions to the role of nutrition in patient care. The awardee delivers the lecture as part of the Food as Medicine Update series with the goal of enhancing nutrition knowledge among healthcare providers as a means to improve patient outcomes.
The Rundle-Lister Lectureship in Transformative Nutritional Medical Education was established by a gift from Dr Margaret Rundle and her husband, Stephen Lister in 2017. Dr Rundle (University of Toronto - BSc'85, MD '89) completed her undergraduate degree in Nutritional Sciences before entering medical school. Over the last 30 years as a Family Physician, she has had a passion for motivating and educating her patients in nutrition, health and well-being.
Margaret and Stephen, in giving this gift, envisioned a way to provide accredited education to practising physicians, furthering their knowledge in nutrition, while at the same time recognizing and rewarding significant researchers in the field. As one of the few Faculties of Medicine that contains a Department of Nutritional Sciences, Margaret and Stephen believe that the University of Toronto is setting an extraordinary example in providing excellence in teaching and rewarding nutritional science research through their ongoing initiatives, such as the updated MD Program Foundations Curriculum and this Lectureship.
Dr. Neal Barnard is the 2022 recipient of the Rundle-Lister Lectureship in Transformative Nutritional Medical Education.