Professor Mary R. L’ABBÉ


Professor Mary L’Abbe
MEALS4NCDs Advisory Board Chair, INFORMAS Food Provision Module Leader, Earle W. McHenry Professor, and Chair, Department of Nutritional Sciences, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto, Canada

Mary L’Abbé, CM, PhD has been selected as one of the 15 Fellows of the American Society of Nutrition (ASN), Class of 2021 Fellows. This is the highest honour ASN bestows, recognizing individuals for distinguished careers in the field of nutrition.

As an expert in public health nutrition, nutrition policy, and food and nutrition regulations, Dr. L’Abbé has made significant discoveries and contributions in the field of nutrition. Her research program on Food and Nutrition Policy for Population Health examines the nutritional quality of the food supply, food intake patterns, and consumer research on food choices related to obesity and chronic disease. In December 2018, she was named a Member of the Order of Canada for her contributions to the health of Canadians as a champion of nutrition. She was co-chair of the Canadian Trans Fat Task Force, led the Trans Fat Monitoring Program and served as Chair/Vice-Chair of the Canadian Sodium Working Group.

She is an advisor to national health groups, Chairs the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) Technical Advisory Group on Cardiovascular Disease Prevention through Dietary Salt Reduction, and a member of the World Health Organization (WHO) Nutrition Guidance Expert Advisory Group on Diet and Health. Dr. L’Abbé is the former Director of the Bureau of Nutritional Sciences, Health Canada, where she was responsible for nutrition laboratory research, surveillance, and regulatory programs aimed at supporting the nutritional quality of the food supply and health of Canadians.

She also served as Canadian Head of Delegation to the Codex Alimentarius Committees on Nutrition and on Food Labelling and coordinated Canada’s role with the USA for the Dietary Reference Intakes. Dr. L’Abbé is the author of over 280 peer-reviewed scientific publications, book chapters and government reports. Currently, she is a Professor and former Chair of the Department of Nutritional Sciences at the Temerty Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto and is the Director of the WHO Collaborating Centre on Nutrition Policy for NCD Prevention.

As the ASN President, Lindsay Allen, PhD announced the individuals selected as Fellows of the American Society for Nutrition, she said, “As trailblazers in the field, these nutrition leaders are recognized for their lasting contributions, enabling us to further the mission of pursuing a healthier world through evidence-based nutrition. We celebrate them for their legacy and thank them for inspiring the next generation of global nutrition leaders.”

As Chair of the MEALS4NCDs Project Advisory Board, we celebrate your legacy, and are honoured to be associated with you.  Details about the award ceremony may be accessed from this site


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