The Nutritional Sciences Graduate Students’ Association (NSGSA) aims to represent the Department of Nutritional Sciences (DNS) graduate students body by supporting and engaging students, both at the university and community level. These are some of the events that happened in the DNS this semester:
– Games Night with the NSSA
– NSGSA’s Night at Second City
– Instructional Dinner Club
Keep posted for future events at the NSGSA website
Throughout the past year, DNS faculty and students have continued to represent the department, sharing research findings at national and international conferences, symposiums, and meetings to further promote evidence-based nutrition practices. The following notes a few of these opportunities.
|CNS Meeting 2018||EDEG Meeting 2018||36th DNSG||UPCOMING|
By: Rodney Au-Yeung
This year, the Department of Nutritional Sciences said goodbye to the FitzGerald building and found a new home on the fifth floor of the Medical Sciences Building, marking over 40 years of Departmental history on the cultural heritage site. In commemoration of a successful transition, we want to briefly celebrate the history of the Department during its time on the corner of College and University Avenue.
The Department of Nutritional Sciences we know today began in 1975, when our predecessors (the Department of Nutrition and Department of Household Sciences) were dissolved and combined into the Department of Nutrition and Food Sciences under the Faculty of Medicine. The decision to include nutrition as part of the Faculty of Medicine, is largely accredited to Dr. Earle W. McHenry and his large contributions to medicine during his time as the Head of the Department of Nutrition in the School of Hygiene. Our other predecessor, the Department of Household Sciences, resided in the Lillian Massey building on Bloor and University Avenue and would not be completely moved into the FitzGerald building until 1978.
The re-organization of the Departments would signal concern in our first chair, Dr. George H. Beaton, who was previously head of the now defunct Department of Nutrition. The two departments had operated independently, on different ends of the University, and some thought a clash of cultures would surely ensue. However, it was during this time that the Dean of Medicine received a reassuring remark from the University’s long-range planners that would shape our future: “We are impressed that this Faculty has in its various divisions the potential to make the University of Toronto a world leader in Nutrition, and that its Department of Nutrition and Food Science will play a key role in this development.”
In the following few decades, the Department would become home to some of the world’s most accomplished and innovative researchers, thanks to strategic recruiting of faculty members and cross-appointments. The opportunity to collaborate closely with the various teaching hospitals under the Faculty of Medicine, such as St. Michael’s Hospital and The Hospital for Sick Children, would only widen the breadth of research at the basic, clinical, and public health level. Today, the Department of Nutritional Sciences has faculty members that are global leaders in nutritional genomics and epigenetics, the relationship between diet and disease, childhood nutrition, and public health nutrition policy, providing an academic environment that does not exist at any other Canadian department of nutrition.
In realizing the vision that was presented to the Dean of Medicine back in the 1970s, we would like to recognize the collective contributions of the Departmental Chairs (listed below) over the years. It is through their guiding hands that the Department of Nutritional Sciences have found success, and may our success continue as we usher in a new place to call home.●
Earle W. McHenry Professor and Chair of the Department of Nutritional Sciences:
|Dr. George H. Beaton||1962 to 1981|
|Dr. Margaret J. Baigent (Acting Chair)||1987 to 1988, 1992|
|Dr. G. Harvey Anderson||1981 to 1991|
|Dr. Heather M. Maclean||1992 to 1996|
|Dr. Michael C. Archer||1997 to 2009|
|Dr. Thomas Wolever (Acting Chair)||2003 to 2004|
|Dr. Mary R. L’Abbé||2009 to 2018|
|Dr. Carol E. Greenwood (Acting Chair)||2014 to 2015|
|Dr. Deborah L. O’Connor (Acting Chair)||2018 to Present|
The above information was obtained from the following sources:
– Shorter, E. (2013). Partnership for excellence. University of Toronto Press.
– Department of Nutritional Sciences (2018) About Us | History. https://nutrisci.med.utoronto.ca/history. Accessed: 2018-08-17.
Rodney Au-Yeung is a PhD student in the lab of Associate Professor John Sievenpiper at the Department of Nutritional Sciences