In a nutshell, I am a husband, dad, lecturer, research scientist, outdoor enthusiast, Blue Jays fan, dog lover and Jedi master.
What this blog is about:
I began this blog to create a space that brings attention to current research and hot topics in nutritional sciences but with a little less scientific and medical jargon than you typically find in journal articles. The posts will generally be on aspects of healthy eating and nutrition which have direct effects on chronic disease development (i.e. type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, obesity, etc). Occasionally, you might find posts on other scientific topics which are currently “hot”. Feel free to make suggestions for posts and topics and I will do my best to address them or find someone who can. You will not find any junk science on this blog, only evidence based nutritional science.
Some more about me:
Professionally, I completed BSc and MSc degrees in biochemistry followed by a PhD in Human Nutrition at McGill University examining how nutritional status in active inflammatory bowel disease affected growth and IBD severity. My postdoctoral work explored how nutritional and dietary interventions reduce risk factors linked to type 2 diabetes (T2D) and cardiovascular diseases (CVD). Now at King’s College London my research programme studies aspects of our diet that increase or decrease our risk factors for T2D and CVD. My collaborators and I are currently 1) investigating how different high fibre foods (barley, wheat bran) decrease blood cholesterol and assist in weight loss; 2) exploring dietary primary prevention of diet and/or disease induced oxidative stress which contributes to the development of T2D and CVD; and 3) why high fructose consumption increases our risk of developing T2D and CVD.