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Fatty Acids in Health and Disease

Welcome to the Ma Lab

Dr. David Ma is a Full Professor in the Department of Human Health and Nutritional Sciences at the University of Guelph.

Research is focused on understanding the role of dietary fats in human health and disease. The goal is to better understand the effects of fats throughout the lifecycle from the early beginnings of life to old age in both the prevention and treatment of disease. This is particularly relevant for diseases such as cancer, osteoporosis and Alzheimer’s disease. Fats studied include those from the omega-3, omega-6, omega-9, trans and conjugated linoleic acid families of fatty acids. Currently, there are several major areas of research focus including the study of basic fatty acid metabolism, understanding the association between plasma fatty acids and health outcomes, omega-3 fatty acids in the prevention of breast cancer, and examining determinants of health in the Guelph Family Health Study.  In addition, related projects include the study of fats in brain health (i.e. Alzheimer’s disease, concussion), fatty liver disease, fatty acid metabolism, bone development and nutrigenomics. 

This website has been established to help disseminate knowledge about research on dietary fats. You can find all publications dating from 1999 to present day. Also, there is a brief section on the different types of fats studied my research group. This website also acknowledges the significant contributions of current and past trainees. Furthermore, this website provides information for potential trainees to learn about research opportunities in my research group. I have also provided a page with important links to organizations, journals and funding resources.

Beyond fundamental research on dietary fat in experimental chronic disease models, I lead a team of investigators examining determinants of health in families with young children ranging from diet, physical activity, sleep, food literacy, genomics, body composition to eating behaviours.  Visit the Guelph Family Health Study website to learn more about this long term cohort study.

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