Nutrition Research: Making a Difference

For 30 years, CFDR has been investing in research that contributes to the health of Canadians. By strategically funding projects across the country, we are helping to push the boundaries of nutritional knowledge, improve dietetic practice and public health policies, and providing insight into emerging issues that will shape the future of the dietetic profession.

CFDR-Funded Research

Annually, CFDR provides research grant awards to dietitians and members of Dietitians of Canada who wish to explore a question that relates directly to their practice and will be directly applicable to improving the nutritional health of Canadians.

The following are the 2021 Grants Awards:

Examining longitudinal associations between dietary sugar and anthropometric measures among young children in the Guelph Family Health Study
Andrea Buchholz & Anisha Mahajan  University of Guelph
Informing evidence-based practice in nutritional genomics: an educational needs assessment of dietitians and development of an evidence summary prototype
Sophie Desroches  Universit√© Laval
Plant-based dietary patterns and coronary artery calcification in adults with heterozygous familial hypercholesterolemia
Jean-Philippe Drouin-Chartier  Universit√© Laval 
Association between nutrition, biomarkers and genetics on male fertility
Ahmed El-Sohemy & Matineh Rastegar Panah  University of Toronto 
Exploring registered dietitians’ perception, knowledge of, and experience with implementation of weight-related evidence within the nutrition care process
Shannan Grant & Phillip Joy  Mount Saint Vincent University
Development of a self-management App for adults with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD)
Kevan Jacobson & Jessica Pirnak  University of British Columbi

For highlights about these and previous CFDR awards, view CFDR news releases.


CFDR funded research projects are posted to Research Room, a virtual gathering place for dietetic researchers and those interested in nutrition and dietetic practice research. Connect with researchers, read about published and ongoing research, and more. Find out more at CFDR’s Research Room 

The Canadian Foundation for Dietetic Research was created in 1991 by Dietitians of Canada (DC) to support applied nutrition and dietetic practice research. Thanks to the generous support of corporate donors and individual members of Dietitians of Canada, in its history CFDR has funded 156 research teams across the country, awarding more than $2.2 million in grants. The CFDR research program supports the Foundation’s mission (to cultivate and fund practice-based dietetic research) and visions (enhanced Canadian health through new food and nutrition knowledge):
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