Spencer Proctor


Dr. Spencer Proctor trained as a physiologist and cardiovascular scientist in both Australia and Canada and founded the Metabolic and Cardiovascular Diseases (MCVD) Laboratory at the UofA. Dr. Proctor's research program spans a unique continuum of expertise in the areas of nutrition, metabolism, physiology and food health, specifically in the context of cardiovascular diseases(s) and complications during diabetes. Areas of research related to early-life health include: defining fat intolerance and its role to increase CVD risk in youth with obesity, the role of remnant cholesterol to increase CVD risk, as well discovering the mechanisms related to remnant cholesterol pathophysiology. Recent pre- and clinical advancements have provided significant contributions for adults and youth alike, advocating for lipid lowering guidelines and recommendations to improve CVD risk and early screening. Recent knowledge translation efforts have resulted in a public awareness program called 'Edmonton Protocol for RemnAnt CholeStErol' (or ERASE) www.erase.ualberta.ca as well being a champion for related campaigns in the area of Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (http://pcos.together.ualberta.ca).

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October 16, 2023

Studies confirm an overlooked risk for cardiovascular disease

“Bad” cholesterol isn’t the only culprit linked with a higher likelihood of heart disease, U of A researchers find.

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March 1, 2021

Researchers discover better measure of future risk for heart disease, diabetes in youth living with obesity

University of Alberta researchers have found a new, more effective way to measure future heart disease and diabetes risk in youth.

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