DNSAA Career Night

DNSAA Career Night

Career Night is coming up on Thursday, February 7!

Nutritional Sciences alumni working in academia, the private sector and a government agency will provide insights into the journey of how they got the great careers they have now.

Any students thinking about careers following their nutritional sciences degrees, or any alumni who would like to re-connect with fellow graduates are welcome.

Join us at 6:15 pm for a career panel hosted by Nutritional Sciences Alumni Association President, Laura Pasut. Networking reception with light refreshments to follow.

Please pre-register at: http://my.alumni.utoronto.ca/s/731/form-blank/index.aspx

NSSA Academic Seminar 2019

NSSA academic seminar






Welcome back! We hope you all had a relaxing (and deservedly so) winter break! The NSSA is kicking off the New Year with another Academic Seminar. Mark your calendars: January 24, 5-7 PM at Medical Sciences Room 5254. Make it your New Year’s Resolution to get educated on diverse topics in the field of nutrition, ask questions, and mingle with your fellow DNS students.

Alena Ng, a MSc Candidate, will present a study that focuses on examining Canadians’ adherence to dietary patterns and the likelihood of obesity using national survey data (Canadian Community Health Survey-Nutrition). Two diets that will be of focus during the seminar are the DASH and Mediterranean-style dietary patterns. Her project is very data/epidemiology-focused and many of the analyses take place jointly at Statistics Canada, as well as encompasses implications for public health and national nutrition policy.

High intake of sugar-sweetened pop has been linked with excess weight gain and an increased risk for type 2 diabetes and heart disease. As a replacement, non-nutritive sweetened beverages, or “diet” pop, are a sweeter alternative to water. However, the substitution of “diet” pop for pop has not been addressed in dietary guidelines. While Health Canada have deemed non-nutritive sweeteners safe for use, new research suggests that through the gut microbiome, non-nutritive sweeteners may actually increase the risk of the above-mentioned diseases. Graduate student Sabrina Charette will discuss the results of her STOP SUGARS NOW trial that examines the effect of replacing regular pop with “diet” pop or water on the gut microbiome.

Hope to see you there!

Event link: https://www.facebook.com/events/1505994959503219/

NSSA Academic Seminar 2018!


Yes, it’s that time of year: the NSSA is hosting an academic seminar! On Nov 26 (5-7 PM), we’ll be having two outstanding graduate students talk about their research as well as their educational and career paths. They’ll also be sharing what they’ve learned from these experiences, as well as tips for those planning to pursue a similar path.
**There will be a Q & A session following, so come with questions!

Shelley Vanderhout is a PhD candidate in the Department of Nutritional Sciences at the University of Toronto, and Registered Dietitian focused on pediatric nutritional epidemiology. Influencing informed health and nutrition choices at the population level is her goal, through research, communication, and policy development. Shelley’s research is a part of the TARGetKids! practice-based research network at the Hospital for Sick Children and Institute for Health Policy, Management and Evaluation at the U. of Toronto. Specifically, she is focused on creating evidence-based nutrition guidelines for cow’s milk for obesity prevention in children.

Jo-Anna Baxter is a PhD Candidate at the University of Toronto in the Department of Nutritional Sciences. Her dissertation work centers on assessing the effectiveness of the provision of multiple micro-nutrient supplements to adolescent girls in rural Pakistan. Previously, she worked on several global health-related research studies, including the development and assessment of an innovative prenatal calcium supplement in Bangladesh. She is passionate about improving maternal and child nutrition through the implementation and effective scale up of evidence-based nutrition interventions from preconception through to pregnancy.

Event link: https://www.facebook.com/events/2205559409710018/

NSSA Games Night!

NSSA games night

Feeling beat from the stress of midterms and assignments? Want to start the unwinding process a bit before reading week and mingle, all the while engaging in some friendly competition?
Come join the NSSA for some food and fun as we host Games Night on Thursday, November 1st in MS5254 (Medical Sciences Building) from 5-7 PM. All students are welcome, so bring your friends and make new ones!

And yes, there will be refreshments!



NSSA Winter Academic Seminar




Come out for one of NSSA’s last events of the year! We will be holding our winter academic seminar, where you will have the opportunity to hear some grad students talk about their current research within the Department of Nutritional Sciences at UofT! There will also be an opportunity for networking afterwards. Food will be provided!

When: March 28th 6-8pm

Where: TBA

RSVP Here!

NSSA Elections!





The Nutritional Sciences Student Association invites all Nutritional Sciences majors or those taking NFS courses to run for a position on the executive team!

We are also looking to elect:
– Co-Presidents (x2)
– Treasurer (x2)
– Outreach Coordinator (x1)
– Social Coordinator (x1)
– Webmaster (x1)
– ASSU Representative (x1)
– 4th Year Representatives (x2)
– 3rd Year Representatives (x2)
– 2nd Year Representatives (x2)

Anyone taking at least ONE NFS course is eligible to run and vote. Food and refreshments will be provided. We hope to see you there!

If you are unable to attend, please email a short blurb about yourself to nssa1011@gmail.com

When? March 29th, 7pm.

Where? Pogue Mahone Pub and Kitchen: 777 Bay St., Toronto, ON M5G2C8

RSVP Here!

Nutritional science career night!

Join the Department of Nutritional Sciences Alumni Association for a career panel, followed by a Q&A and reception. Hear from Nutritional Sciences alumni working in a variety of sectors as they provide insight into how they developed their careers.

Dr. David Ma
University of Guelph, Professor and Canadian Nutrition Society, President

Ms. Andrea Glenn
University of Toronto, Registered Dietitian and PhD candidate

Mr. Eddy Morassutti
Nestlé Canada, Director of Quality Management

When? Thursday, February 8th 6-9pm

Where? FitzGerald building, room 103

Register here: Registration

Bake with NSSA!






Come and make delicious energy bars with us to fuel your day away! On November 20th from 5pm to 7pm at KP207, we’ll be making Apple/Pumpkin Spice Oat bites, Strawberry Breakfast bites, and Raw Chocolate Brownie bites.

No experience required, and the ingredients will be provided. RSVP by clicking “Going” on the facebook event page AND filling in the form.