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Dr. David J.A. Jenkins MD, FRCPC

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Dr. David J.A. Jenkins is an University Professor, and Canada Research Chair, in the Departments of Nutritional Sciences and Medicines, a staff physician in the Division of Endocrinology and Metabolism, the Director of the Clinical Nutrition and Risk Factor Modification Center, and a Scientist in the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute, St. Michael’s Hospital. He was educated at Oxford University, obtaining his DM, DPhil and DSc. He is a fellow of the Royal College of Physicians (London) and of the Royal College of Physicians of Canada. He has served on committees in Canada and the United States that formulated nutritional guidelines for the treatment of diabetes and recommendations for fiber and macronutrient intake under the joint US-Canada DRI system (RDAs) of the National Academy of Sciences.  He has over 300 original publications on these and related topics. His team was the first to define and explore the concept of the glycemic index of foods and demonstrate the breadth of metabolic effects of viscous soluble fiber, including blood glucose and cholesterol lowering. His group developed the cholesterol lowering concept of the dietary portfolio that has entered guidelines in many jurisdictions (e.g. CCS, Heart UK etc.). He believes in the therapeutic value of plant based diets and that diets have to be environmentally sustainable.

Rundle-Lister Lectureship Award Winner

Plant Foods for Human Health and Planetary Health

  • To understand some of the reasons why diets that are more plant based are being advocated for the general public and for disease prevention in clinical practice guidelines.
  • To understand how plant foods can reduce CVD risk and when combined (as in the dietary publication) can produce drug-like effects (e.g. on serum cholesterol).
  • To appreciate the negative impact of animal based feeding patterns combined with the population explosion on land, water, climate change and species loss.

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 Dr. Aileen Burford-Mason PhD

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Dr. Aileen Burford-Mason is an immunologist, cell biologist and nutritionist with a deep interest in the evidence-based use of nutrition for health maintenance and disease prevention. She maintains a busy downtown practice in nutrition and teaches continuing medical education courses for doctors and other health care practitioners. Formerly Assistant Professor in the Department of Pathology Faculty of Medicine at the University of Toronto, her many research papers have been published in leading medical and scientific journals. She is author of two best-selling books – Eat Well Age Better (2012), and The Healthy Brain (2017) published by HarperCollins Canada.

Nutrition and the Aging Brain

  • Review brain health in the context of overall nutrition
  • Discuss links between brain function and common dietary patterns
  • Consider the role micronutrient deficiencies may play in deteriorating brain function


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 Dr. Robert Josse BSc, MBBS, FRCP(UK), FRCPC, FACP, FACE

RJosse1 150Dr. Robert Josse graduated in Medicine with Honours from the University of London.  He undertook Postgraduate Training at various Teaching Hospitals at the University of London UK and completed his Endocrine Clinical Training in Canada, after which he did a Research Fellowship at the University of Toronto followed by a further Clinical Fellowship at the Massachusetts General Hospital.  He holds Fellowships in Internal Medicine from the American College of Physicians, Royal College of Physicians of London and Internal Medicine and Endocrinology Fellowships from the Royal College of Physicians of Canada.  He is also a fellow of the American College of Endocrinology.

He is a Full Professor in the Departments of Medicine and Nutritional Sciences at the University of Toronto.  He is a past Head of the Division of Endocrinology and Metabolism and has completed a term as Associate Physician-in-Chief at St. Michael’s Hospital. He is the Director of the Metabolic Bone Disease and Osteoporosis Centre at St. Michael’s Hospital. He is an adjunct scientist at the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Translation Centre. He is a consultant to (and a past Chair of) the Scientific Advisory Council of Osteoporosis Canada.  He is a past President of the Canadian Society of Endocrinology and Metabolism (CSEM). He is the past chair of the CHE development and e-CME committee of CSEM.

He received the 2007 Distinction in Clinical Endocrinology Award from the American College of Endocrinology and the 2007 Robert Volpe Distinguished Service Award of the Canadian Society of Endocrinology and Metabolism. He is also the recipient of the Lindy Fraser Founder award of Osteoporosis Canada. He was awarded the 2012 Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee  Medal for significant achievement and remarkable service to osteoporosis research and treatment.In 2014 he received the educator of the year award from the CSEM.

His major clinical and research interests include osteoporosis, metabolic bone disease and calcium metabolism as well as diabetes and various nutritional metabolic problems He has co-authored over  three hundred articles in peer reviewed journals, an osteoporosis and a diabetes ( with colleagues at the  University of Montreal) book for patients and twenty-one book chapters. He lectures widely both nationally and internationally on various endocrine and metabolic topics.

Nutrition guidelines for osteoporosis

  • Learn the nutritional guidelines for osteoporosis
    • Calcium
    • Vitamin D
    • Other nutrients
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Jennifer Sygo, RD



Jennifer Sygo is a dietitian and sports nutritionist with Cleveland Clinic Canada.  After completing an undergraduate degree in Biochemistry at McMaster University and a Masters of Science in Human Biology and Nutritional Sciences from the University of Guelph, Jennifer joined Cleveland Clinic Canada in 2006, where she uses evidence-based strategies to help busy professionals and active individuals make simple dietary changes to improve their health and performance.   

A leading sports nutritionist, Jennifer currently serves as the team dietitian for the Toronto Maple Leafs, Toronto Raptors, Athletics Canada, and Gymnastics Canada. 

Jennifer’s nutrition expertise has routinely been featured in the media, including the National Post, the Toronto Star, and CBC’s The National.  In 2014, Jennifer's first book, “Unmasking Superfoods” became a national best-seller.

From Intermittent Fasting to Ketogenic Diets: Emerging trends in nutrition

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Stephanie Clairmont, RD 

SClairmont1 Stephanie Clairmont is a registered dietitian who specializes in Digestive Health, IBS and the Low FODMAP Diet. After being diagnosed with IBS in 2007 and struggling for 4+ years with symptoms, Stephanie used very early scientific research to craft and implement a plan in her own life and the lives of her clients to successfully eliminate digestive symptoms. Stephanie supports clients with her online platform at and through her online program, where she walks clients through the up-to-date, evidence-based system that helps them significantly reduce symptoms, identify their food triggers, and feel comfortable getting back to focusing on living a healthy, happy, life. Stephanie is a speaker, entrepreneur, mom of two boys, and coach to dietitians. Stephanie has shared her expertise on treatment for IBS and her work as an entrepreneur to thousands of dietitians around the world with her live and online trainings. To learn more about Stephanie’s approach to digestive health, her work with clients and health professionals, visit

Low FODMAP diet in irritable Bowel Syndrome

  • Understand what the research shows regarding the Low FODMAP Diet and IBS
  • Know who the diet is for, who it is not for and when to recommend to patients
  • Be able to provide clients with a protocol on implementation of the Low FODMAP Diet to appropriate patients

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Dr. Elena F. Verdu, MD, PhD

Verdu1 Dr. Elena Verdu is a professor at the Farncombe Family Digestive Health Research Institute at McMaster University.  Dr Verdu’s research has focused on the pathophysiology of inflammatory and functional gastrointestinal disorders. She graduated from the University of Buenos Aires where she trained in Internal Medicine and Gastroenterology. Later Dr. Verdu undertook clinical research training at the University of Lausanne, Switzerland, where she studied the interaction between chronic infection with Helicobacter pylori and gastritis in humans and the possible therapeutic role of probiotic bacteria. Her PhD studies in the Institute of Microbiology and Gnotobiology at the Czech Academy of Science and University of Lausanne focused on the effect of bacterial antigens in animal models of inflammatory bowel disease. As a post-doctoral fellow at McMaster University she gained further experience with animal models of gut functional diseases and investigated the mechanisms of action of probiotic bacteria.
As a member of the Farncombe Family Digestive Health Research Institute, Dr. Verdu investigates host-microbial and dietary interactions in inflammatory gastrointestinal disorders such as celiac disease and IBD and. Dr. Verdu is the director of the Axenic Gnotobiotic Unit at McMaster University and holds a Canada Research Chair in Intestinal Inflammation, Microbiota, and Nutrition. Through her career, Dr. Verdu has received several research awards including the Canadian Celiac Association’s J.A. Campbell Research Award, Master’s in Gastroenterology by the American Gastroenterology Association and Young Investigator Award by the Canadian Gastroenterology Association. She is the president of the Society for the Study of Celiac Disease.

Nutrition recommendations for patients with gluten sensitivity

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Dr. John L. Sievenpiper, MD, PhD, FRCPC  

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Dr. John Sievenpiper is a Clinician Scientist with appointments as an Associate Professor in the Department of Nutritional Sciences and the Lifestyle Medicine Lead in the MD Program at the University of Toronto. He also holds appointments as a Staff Physician in the Division of Endocrinology & Metabolism and Scientist in the La Ka Shing Knowledge Institute at St. Michael’s Hospital. Dr. Sievenpiper completed his MSc, PhD and Postdoctoral Fellowship training in the Department of Nutritional Sciences at the University of Toronto. He completed his MD at St. Matthew’s University followed by Residency training in Medical Biochemistry at McMaster University leading to his certification as a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of Canada (FRCPC). He has established an internationally recognized research program focused on using randomized controlled trials and systematic reviews and meta-analyses to address questions of clinical and public health importance in relation to diet and cardiometabolic disease prevention with a particular interest in sugars and plant-based dietary patterns. He is directly involved in knowledge translation with appointments to the nutrition guidelines’ committees of Diabetes Canada, European Association for the study of Diabetes (EASD), Canadian Cardiovascular Society (CCS), and the Canadian Obesity Network. He is the recipient of numerous awards including a PSI Foundation Graham Farquharson Knowledge Translation Fellowship, Diabetes Canada Clinician Scientist Award, Banting & Best Diabetes Centre Sun Life Financial New Investigator Award, and CIHR-INMD/CNS– New Investigator Partnership Prize. He has authored more than 150 scientific papers and 13 book chapters.

Not so Sweet? A review of the evidence of sugars in cardiometabolic health


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  Dr. Russell de Souza, BA, BASc, MSc, ScD


de Souza 150Dr. Russel de Souza, Assistant Professor, McMaster University, is a registered dietitian and nutrition epidemiologist. His main research interests lie in the contribution of dietary patterns and macronutrients (specifically macronutrients) to cardiovascular disease risk throughout the lifespan, and advancing methodology for systematic reviews and meta-analysis. He teaches nutrition to medical students in the Michael DeGroote school of Medicine (McMaster), and has served as an expert advisor to the World Health Organization on dietary fatty acids, and is a co-investigator on the Canadian Alliance for Healthy Hearts and Minds, which seeks to understand community-level factors that influence food choices.

Is Butter Back? Dietary intake of saturated and trans fat and chronic disease


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 Thomas Wolever

Low Glycemic Index Diet and Chronic Disease Prevention