Noreen D Willows
Agriculture, Life & Environmental Sciences-Agricultural, Food & Nutritional Science
University of Alberta
Summary of research:
Dr. Willows is a nationally and internationally recognized researcher in Aboriginal nutrition and health, which is a critical area considering the high prevalence of chronic disease in this population group. Her career path as a researcher in Aboriginal nutrition has taken her from clinical and epidemiological research about infant childhood anemia and obesity, through community-based health assessment, and now to population intervention research to prevent food insecurity, obesity and type 2 diabetes mellitus at the community level. Dr. Willows takes a community-based, participatory approach to research, in which community members and researchers work together to find culturally appropriate solutions to health problems. Dr. Willows is very interested in the health and well-being of post-secondary students. In particular, she is interested in the unique health challenges of foreign students and those with young children. In June 2013 Dr. Willows received the Centrum Foundation New Scientist Award in recognition of Outstanding Research in Nutrition at the Canadian Nutrition Society Meeting.