Keynote Speaker

Dr. Stephanie Ann Atkinson

We are delighted to announce our keynote speaker for 2018 is Dr. Stephanie Ann Atkinson from McMaster University


Stephanie Ann Atkinson is a professor and nutrition clinician-scientist in pediatrics. Her current research program embodies clinical trial and epidemiological investigations (funded by CIHR, Heart & Stroke Foundation and Dairy Farmers of Canada) of the environmental (nutrition), genetic and biochemical factors during fetal, neonatal and early childhood life that play a role in defining the offspring phenotype and as risk determinants for non-communicable diseases. She leads a multi-disciplinary team of researchers in the conduct of a randomized clinical intervention trial of nutrition and exercise in pregnancy designed to optimize maternal and child health outcomes including cardiometabolic and bone health as well as neurocognitive functioning.

Dr. Atkinson’s current volunteer service activities in national and international agencies include: chair of the Institute Advisory Board of the CIHR-Institute of Nutrition, Metabolism and Diabetes; past-chair of the Board of Directors of Maternal, Infant, Child and Youth Health Research Network (MICYRN); executive of the Board of Trustees of the North American International Life Sciences Institute (Washington, DC); the Scientific Advisory Council of Osteoporosis Canada and Center/Leader; and, executive of the Canadian Child Health Clinician Scientist Program (CCHCSP).

In knowledge translation activities Dr. Atkinson served on expert advisory panels struck by Health Canada, the National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine and the Office of Dietary Supplements of NIH that involved development of the Dietary Reference Intakes (DRI), Dietary Guidelines for Americans and feeding practice guidelines for infants.

Recent awards of recognition include: election as Fellow of the American Society of Nutrition and of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences; the Danone Institute Distinguished Nutrition Leadership Award; the Carmelle Murphy Alumnae Award of Distinction from Brescia University at Western University; a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal; a Doctorate of Science, honoris causa, from Western University in 2016; and the Khursheed Jeejeebhoy Award for Best Application of Clinical Nutrition Research Findings to Clinical Practice from the Canadian Nutrition Society.

Find out more about Dr. Atkinson’s research on her website.


Note: Research Day is a scent-free environment and the dress code is business casual. Thank you.