Nutrition Outcomes Unit for Research…ish

(the ‘ish’ is because we do non-nutrition research too)

We are a medical research group that examines how risk factors (especially nutrition) influence cardiometabolic diseases using epidemiological and clinical patient-oriented research methods.

Located in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada at Dalhousie University and the Queen Elizabeth II Health Sciences Centre (Nova Scotia Health), we are led by Dr. Leah Cahill.

Our Rationale: The costs of cardiometabolic disease (heart disease and type 2 diabetes) are staggering, in terms of both healthcare expenditures and quality of life. Our work aims to identify the optimal lifestyle practices and the biological pathways and proteins that are important for the prevention and treatment of heart disease and type 2 diabetes, researching at both the patient and population levels. A ‘one size fits all’ approach to nutrition and medication does not always apply, and sometimes a personalized and patient-oriented approach is necessary.

Katherine Eckert, Samiah Alam, Leah Cahill

Our Mission: To improve the nutritional status and overall health of people in both the prevention and treatment of disease.

Our Logo: Historically in many cultures worldwide, the raspberry has symbolized love and 'matters of the heart'. The red juice of the raspberry was thought of as the blood running through the heart, where kindness originates. Each raspberry is made up of many drupelets clustering together, just as there are many important factors (taste, culture, emotions, money, sex/gender, availability, convenience, tradition, environment, microbiology, physiology, and genetics to name a few) that together influence why people eat what they eat and how their cardiometabolic health may be influenced by food. We incorporate as many of these factors into our research as possible.

Our Funding: Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), Research Nova Scotia, Nova Scotia Health Research Fund, Dalhousie University’s Internal Medicine Research Fund (UIMRF), Nova Scotia Health Research Foundation, Queen Elizabeth II Foundation.