Current Studies

Healthy Life Trajectories Initiative (HeLTI)

To evaluate whether technology-based care can improve the health of families before pregnancy (preconception), during pregnancy and into early childhood and promote child development while preventing obesity and chronic diseases.  Anthropometic measures will be collected in partnership with the HNRU.

Email or call 1-877-344-0464


Development of a Gluten free food guide for Canadians, Child and Youth

Develop and test a gluten free food guide for Canadian Children and youth with Celiac Disease.

Contact Information: Dr. Diana Mager, PhD, RD (780-492-7687;


Development of an innovative home-based strategy for frailty prevention in adults with diabetes and chronic kidney disease (FANTASTIC)

The goal of the FANTASTIC study is to develop an in-home program that uses video technology, physical activity, and nutrition literacy exercises to help prevent frailty and frailty progression in adults with diabetes and chronic kidney disease.

Contact Information: Kelsey Gordulic (780-819-5325) or Dr. Diana Mager, PhD, RD (780-492-7687)


Diet Restriction and Exercise Adaptations for Metastatic Breast Cancer (DREAM)

The goal of the DREAM Study is to determine whether a short-term calorie restrict, ketogenic diet combined with exercise during chemotherapy infusion can improve chemotherapy efficacy.

Contact Information: Andre Pelltier (780-492-6874;



Dietary Fructose as a mediator to altered Liver energy metabolism and oxidative stress in Youth with non-alcoholic fatty liver disease: HELP THEM FLY

The goal of this study is to develop effective dietary treatments for children and adolescents with non-alcoholic fatty liver disease.

Contact Information: Dr. Diana Mager, PhD, RD (780-492-7687)


The effect of the home food environment and food purchasing patterns on food intake and glycemic control in youth with Celiac Disease and Type 1 Diabetes consuming the gluten free diet

The purpose of this study is to better understand if the foods that families buy and have in their homes affects what teenagers (13-18 years) eat and their blood sugar levels.

Contact Information: Samantha Cyrkot (



Establishing the importance of diet and insulin resistance on modulation of immune function in obesity (NutrIMM)

To determine how weight, blood sugar levels and diet affect immunity.

Contact Information: 780-492-9506;




The impact of a higher protein diet on metabolism and gut microbiota: a 12-week study in individuals with excessive body weight (PREMIUM)

The aim of this study is to investigate the impact of a diet higher in protein on the amount of fat and muscle in the body,  the amount of calories burned and type of fuel (carbohydrate, protein or fat) used for energy, on the blood sugar and the gut microbes.

Contact Information: Camila Oliveira (780-780-492-4182;



Investigation of the role of kefir in lowering cholesterol levels (Kefir)

Participate in a nutrition study investigating the role of kefir, a yogurt-like beverage, may have in lowering cholesterol levels.

Contact Information: ; 780-492-4182.



A model of metabolic load-capacity in pediatric obesity: implications for metabolic health and interactions with gut microbiota (Peds LC)

This study will investigate whether children with obesity who have or not metabolic issues (i.e. high blood lipid or sugar levels or high blood pressure) have different body composition and microbes in their gut.

Contact Information: Felicia Sim (780-492-4182;


Phase 3 Study of Intranasal Carbetocin (LV-101) in Patients With Prader-Willi Syndrome (CARE-PWS)

The CARE-PWS trial will investigate the safety and effectiveness of an investigational medication called carbetocin as a treatment for hyperphagia and behaviors associated with PWS.

Contact Information: Caroline Lyster (780-248-1770;


Profiling of the gut microbiome in children with Prader-Willi Syndrome: A fiber intervention to target hyperphagia

The aim of this project is to explore the gut microbiome in children with Prader-Willi Syndrome (PWS), and study the impact of a high fiber intervention on weight gain and appetite.

Contact Information: Qiming Tan (514-502-7996;



Protein Recommendations to Increase Muscle (PRIMe)

The goal of the Prime Study is to set recommendations for protein intake that can help maintain a healthy weight and muscle mass for people with cancer. This is an exciting study where different amounts of protein will be tested.

Contact information: Katherine Ford (780-492-7820; or Claire Trottier (780-492-7820;



Resting Energy Expenditure in Cancer: Associations with Body composition, Dietary Intake, and Exercise Habits (RECODE)

The RECODE study will explore energy needs of cancer patients by investigating associations between calories burned at rest, dietary intake, and body composition in a large group of individuals with different stages and types of cancer.

Contact Information: Michelle MacKenzie (780-492-7820;


Vitamin D Supplementation and Bone Health in Adults with Diabetic Nephropathy: A follow up study (Vitamin D)

This is a longitudinal study looking at the long-term differences in bone health, body composition, and vitamin D status from taking a daily vs. monthly vitamin D supplement in individuals with diabetic nephropathy.

Contact Information: Kelsey Gordulic (780-819-5325) or Dr. Diana Mager, PhD, RD (780-492-7687;