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Mary L'Abbe BSc (Hons), MSc, PhD

MEMBER SINCE: Oct 18, 2013
LAST UPDATED: Nov 28, 2016

PROFILE: Mary R. L’Abbé, PhD is the Earle W. McHenry Professor and Chair, Department of Nutritional Sciences, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto, where she leads a research group on Food and Nutrition Policy for Population Health. Dr. L’Abbé is an expert in public health nutrition, nutrition policy, and food and nutrition regulations. Her research examines the nutritional quality of the Canadian food supply, food intake patterns, consumer surveys of food choices related to obesity and chronic disease, and research in the area of minerals and trace elements.

She is currently leading a Canadian Institutes of Health Research/Canadian Stroke Network funded study to evaluate the impact of Canada's sodium reduction strategy. Dr. L’Abbé is the former Director of the Bureau of Nutritional Sciences at Health Canada, where she was responsible for Health Canada’s nutrition laboratory research, surveillance, scientific evaluation and regulatory programs and served as Canadian Head of Delegation to the Codex Alimentarius Committees on Nutrition and on Food Labelling and coordinated Canada’s participation with the US in the development of the Dietary Reference Intakes.

Dr. L’Abbé was co-chair of the Canadian Trans Fat Task Force, led the Canadian Trans Fat Monitoring Program and also served as Chair/Vice-Chair of the Canadian Sodium Working Group, which developed the Sodium Reduction Strategy for Canada (2010). She is a member of the International Obesity Task Force, International Network for Food and Obesity/NCDs Research, Monitoring and Action Support (INFORMAS), leading the Public Food Procurement Module, a member of the C-CHANGE initiative harmonizing Canadian medical guidelines for the prevention and treatment of cardiovascular disease, the PAHO regional expert group on Cardiovascular Disease Prevention through Dietary Salt Reduction, a member of the World Health Organization Expert Advisory Panel on Nutrition, and the WHO Nutrition Guidance Expert Advisory Group (NUGAG) on Diet and Health (2009-Present).

Dr. L'Abbé holds a PhD in nutrition from McGill University and has authored over 150 peer-reviewed scientific publications, book chapters and government reports.

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Inst./Company Dep of Nutritional Sc., University of Toronto
Dept. Department of Nutritional Sciences
Division Faculty of Medicine
Position Earle W. McHenry Professor and Chair, Department of Nutritional Sciences
Province ON
Country Canada
Category Teacher/Educator
Faculty Yes
Member Id# 14359

Mary L'Abbe

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