Welcome to the Ma Lab
The Ma Lab is located in the Department of Human Health and Nutritional Sciences at the University of Guelph.
My research focuses 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 by my group 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), fatty liver disease, fatty acid metabolism, bone development and nutrigenomics.
This website has been established to help disseminate knowledge about my research on dietary fats. You can find all my 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 my current and past trainees. Also, this website provides information for potential trainees to learn about opportunities in my laboratory and my expectations. I have also provided a page with important links to organizations, journals and funding resources.
Beyond my 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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Google Scholar: http://scholar.google.ca/citations?user=icnTGkcAAAAJ&hl=en