Rhonda C. Bell


My research program examines the role of nutritional intake during sensitive periods of development, such as pre-conception, pregnancy, and early infancy, on long term risk of health and disease. This area is called the Developmental Origins of Adult Disease. I conduct research in the basic, clinical and health services. I am currently a co-investigator on the Alberta Pregnancy Outcomes and Nutrition (APrON) study, and the Healthy Life Trajectories (HeLTI-Canada) and Indigenous HeLTI studies. In each of these studies, I am interested in finding ways that nutrition can improve women and men's health prior to and during pregnancy, and can have a role in making sure that they and their children live the healthiest lives possible in the future.

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November 20, 2023

For every child, every right. World Children’s Day

For World Children’s Day 2023, “for every child, every right,” we are highlighting a few stories from the past year that show incredible advances in children’s health research thanks to support from the Stollery Children’s Hospital Foundation.

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April 28, 2023

‘A new way of doing research’: Indigenous communities and U of A allies partner to support family, women and children’s well-being

Six-year, $16-million project will look at outcomes of culturally appropriate programs supporting healthy pregnancy and families, childbirth and early development.

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March 8, 2021

Women’s Health Spotlight: Rhonda Bell

WCHRI member Rhonda Bell, a professor in the Faculty of Agricultural, Life & Environmental Sciences, is one of many that is paving the way for a brighter future in women’s health.

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