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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. It will be 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 will deliver 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.

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 The Rundle-Lister Lectureship in Transformative Nutritional Medical Education was established by a gift from Dr Margaret Rundle and her husband, Stephen Lister. Dr Rundle (University of Toronto - BSc'85, MD '89) completed her undergraduate degree in Nutritional Sciences before entering medical school. Over the last 26 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. Philip Sherman, MD, FRCPC is the 2017 recipient of the Rundle-Lister Lectureship in Transformative Nutritional Medical Education. This award is in recognition of his outstanding contributions to translational research in the field of gut microbiome and health. Dr Sherman is Professor of Paediatrics, Microbiology, Nutritional Sciences, & Dentistry at the Hospital for Sick Children, University of Toronto where he has been on faculty since 1984. He a Past-President of the North American Society of Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition and a Past-President of the Canadian Association of Gastroenterology. Dr. Sherman is the recipient of a Canada Research Chair (tier 1) in Gastrointestinal Disease (2001-22). His research interests focus on epithelial cell signal transduction responses to pathogenic, commensal and probiotic bacteria. Dr. Sherman is Scientific Director of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research Institute of Nutrition, Metabolism and Diabetes.








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