Grad Student Position Details
Understanding the health effects of the ketogenic diet in individuals with the metabolic syndrome
Dr. Catherine Chan and Dr. Caroline Richard
Agricultural, Food & Nutritional Science
Project Start Date
Project description: We are looking for a highly motivated and responsible candidate to work on a project that aims to investigate the health beneficial effects of a healthy ketogenic (KETO) supplemented with canola oil (CO; KETO-Can high in polyunsaturated fatty acids) compared to a traditional KETO high in saturated fatty acids (SFA; KETO-Sat) and low-fat diet (LFD; standard of care) in adults at high risk of type 2 diabetes (T2D). The important outcomes including glucose response, triglyceride (TG), total cholesterol (C), LDL-C, apolipoproteinB100 (ApoB100), inflammatory markers (C-reactive protein (CRP), (adipo)cytokines and T- and B-cell populations of the immune system will be measured at baseline, 3 and 6 months. One KETO group will focus on incorporating CO (KETO-Can), the other group will focus on oils and fats containing SFA from both plant and animal sources (KETO-Sat), while the LFD group will focus on whole grains and other low-fat foods. We expect that the results will support the hypothesis that glycemic, lipidemic and immune/inflammatory markers will be improved in the KETO-Can group relative to the KETO-Sat group. Student is expected to have graduate funding in place or to be eligible to apply for graduate funding (e.g. CIHR, AB Innovates, ADI etc.).
Ketogenic diet, type 2 diabetes, obesity, inflammation, clinical trial, glucose metabolism, Bioactive peptides, antidiabetic activities, functional food, cell culture, animal models
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For further information, please e-mail a letter of application, including CV and contact details for two references to Catherine Chan (firstname.lastname@example.org ).