Actualités de l'INAF Dernières nouvelles de l'INAF fr Actualités de l'INAF 18 16 Dernières nouvelles de l'INAF TYPO3 - get.content.right Thu, 17 Sep 2020 14:00:00 -0400 United for better nutrition The NUTRISS Centre is born cause 20% of deaths from cardiovascular disease, cancer and diabetes, the need for more effective interventions to improve the health of populations is greater than ever. It is in this context that the new Nutrition, Health and Society Centre (NUTRISS) was created with financial support from the Fonds de recherche du Québec - Santé. Unique in Quebec and even in Canada, the centre, attached to INAF, is establishing itself as a true centre of excellence in nutrition research with a global approach.

Innovative intersectoral programming

Biological factors, lifestyle habits, behaviours, culture, environment: the dimensions of individual health are multiple and it is important to consider all of them to maximize the impact of future public policies aimed at healthy eating.  This is why the NUTRISS Centre brings together the strengths of more than 45 Université Laval scientists with varied expertise, including several international leaders, to conduct intersectoral research. From genes to eating behaviours, environmental determinants and the integration of leading-edge technologies, the Centre's scientific programming will address the health of individuals and populations in all their complexities. The NUTRISS Centre is also innovating by deploying a digital nutrition research platform based on expertise in geomatics, massive data analysis, digital application development and artificial intelligence (AI). "NUTRISS is the only research centre funded by the FRQS in the field of food and health. It is obviously a great pride to be able to bring together the expertise of dynamic researchers from 12 different faculties at Université Laval within NUTRISS. I am convinced that the originality and dynamism of their research will have an impact in the short, medium and long term on the health and well-being of our population," explains INAF researcher Benoit Lamarche, who will be the Centre's scientific director.

A structuring synergy with INAF

The establishment of the NUTRISS Centre is in complete synergy with INAF and its scientific program, whose themes it will help to strengthen. "The interdisciplinary approach to solving complex problems is part of INAF's DNA. This recognition and funding by the FRQS is the logical next step in the development of our Institute," says Sylvie Turgeon, Director of INAF.  "We can only applaud this good news for INAF. The evaluation committee was very complimentary about the excellence and relevance of the scientific programming and the recognized leadership of its director and members. The NUTRISS Centre's scientific activities, which are perfectly in line with INAF's vision and mission, will increase and accelerate the concrete benefits of the Centre's work in the pursuit of sustainable food," said Renée Michaud, INAF's Executive Director. ]]>
Development & Partnerships Research Training Fri, 10 Apr 2020 09:05:00 -0400
Best Practices for Food-Based Clinical Trials Experts from INAF take part in a Canadian reference document Best Practices for Food-Based Clinical Trials: Guidance for Planning, Conducting  and Reporting  on Human Studies to Support Health Claims, published last May, was commissioned by the Food Regulatory Issues Division of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada. The document has been prepared by an important panel of experts lead by Peter Jones of the Richardson Centre for Functional Foods and Nutraceuticals (RCFFN) and that included Paul Paquin, Benoît Lamarche and Marie-Eve Paradis from INAF, and several others. By teaming up for this project, the two most prominent research centres on functional foods in Canada set out to affirm the country’s leadership with respect to conducting high quality clinical trials supporting health claims for foods. The document is free and available in the Services to Industry section of the INAF website, or can be obtained by writing to Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada. Details can be found on the second page of the document. 
Complete reference
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada: Best Practices for Food-Based  Clinical Trials: Guidance for Planning, Conducting and Reporting on Human Studies to Support Health Claims. Ottawa: Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, 2013. Catalogue No. A72-119/2013E-PDF
Mon, 05 Dec 2016 09:51:00 -0500
Natural Products Canada (NPC) Sets Anchor at INAF Proud founding partner of the network, INAF welcomes its new regional director in its offices Natural Products Canada (NPC), a national centre of excellence for the commercialization of natural products. In addition to introducing the network, CEO Shelly R. King presented the new regional director of NPC–Quebec, Mr. Paul-Thomas Lacroix, whose office has been established at INAF. NPC is a not-for-profit organization established in 2015 with a vision to make Canada flourish as the Silicon Valley of natural products. Funded by a range of public and private investors, including the Government of Canada’s Centre of Excellence in Commercialization and Research (CECR) program, NPC will align, expand and optimize the pan-Canadian natural products ecosystem to accelerate the development of products and technology platforms that bring real value to real customers. Newly appointed to the NPC–Quebec administration, Paul-Thomas Lacroix will have the mandate of supporting enterprises and researchers from the province in bringing their products to market faster, cheaper and more efficiently. He will work in close collaboration with INAF to identify promising products, technologies and companies for potential investment, and to ensure they are linked to the national and international resources and partners they need. INAF is proud to be part of the national NPC network which helps forge connections between research and companies, in addition to showcasing the expertise of our researchers. The establishment of PNC in Quebec is guaranteed to have a positive impact on both the region and the sector. Find out more ]]> Activities & Events Development & Partnerships Thu, 03 Nov 2016 13:32:00 -0400 Could Heat Fight Alzheimer’s? Decreased body temperature with age is shown to have an impact on Alzheimer’s disease.
Read the full article in Le Fil. [in French only]]]>
Research In the Media Fri, 08 Apr 2016 11:26:00 -0400
INAF Member Students Spread the Word about Nutrition Month The outreach activities organized see great success Nutrition Month campaign. Six graduate students in the nutrition program (Marie-Ève Caplette, Élise Carbonneau, Audrée-Anne Dumas, Raphaëlle Jacob, Maude Tessier-Grenier and Melissa Fernandez) dedicated themselves to raising awareness about healty eating throughout the month. They first distributed five emails to INAF members and subscribers with the theme “Make small changes, one meal at a time” containing practical advice and recipe suggestions. The newsletters focused on the following themes and recommendations: March 1st – Get Ready!
March 7th – Quality Counts!
March 14th – Prioritize Portion Size!
March 21st – Try Something New!
March 28th – Make it Stick!
[in French only] With the goal of sharing their knowledge with the general public, the students organized a presentation on March 9 revolving around the campaign’s theme. The event was so popular that they organized a second presentation on March 14 with an outstanding 95% participation satisfaction rate for the activities. To conclude the month, the students organized a participatory cooking event focusing on a pulse-based meal, inspired by the International Year of Pulses as proclaimed by the United Nations. More than 35 INAF members enthusiastically participated in the dinner, which proved to be a great success. The activities would not have been possible without the volunteers who offered their help (Maude Bradette Laplante, Camille Dugas, Michèle Kearney, Roxanne Mercier, Geneviève Painchaud Guérard, Marion Valle, Jacinthe Thibodeau and Sophie Myrand). INAF would like to highlight and commend the students’ involvement in efforts to raise awareness about healthy eating. Organizing knowledge transfer activities provides valuable practical experience that will undoubtedly be useful to them in their future careers.]]>
Transfer & Innovation Activities & Events Thu, 07 Apr 2016 11:22:00 -0400
Janie Allaire Wins Graduate Student Research Award INAF doctoral student is selected among 12 candidates l’Experimental Biology 2016, conference, held from April 2–6 in in San Diego. The annual event brings together a number of scientific organizations, including the American Society of Nutrition. This year, the event welcomed more than 14,000 attendees. Janie Allaire, a doctoral student in nutrition supervised by Benoît Lamarche and co-supervised by Patrick Couture, was among the 12 finalists out of the 1,000 applications submitted. As a finalist, Ms. Allaire was asked to give an oral presentation. She won first place in the doctoral presentation category. Ms. Allaire presented her comparative study of the effects of eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) on inflammation and lipid metabolism. According to her research, the data suggests that these two long-chain Omega-3 fatty acids have distinct effects on metabolism and cardiometabolic risk. Her double-blind randomized cross-over clinical trial showed that DHA has a more noticeable influence on inflammatory markers and lipid risk factors than EPA. Since Omega-3 fatty acid supplements are increasingly being used in the primary and secondary prevention of cardiovascular diseases, the results of the study will help identify prevention and treatment interventions for the diseases. In addition, they will provide government bodies and health professionals with arguments highlighting the importance of diet and lifestyle habits on the prevention and treatment of chronic diseases. We would like to congratulate Ms. Allaire on this distinguished award.]]> Distinctions étudiantes Tue, 05 Apr 2016 13:12:00 -0400 Pulses: The Food of the Future Experts stress the importance of including the food group in a healthful diet. Read the article in Le Fil [in French only] ]]> Activities & Events In the Media Tue, 05 Apr 2016 11:11:00 -0400 New Cookbook for Athletes is Launched A renowned chef and athlete-researcher in nutrition team up! Le Soulard des sportifs. Combining theory and practice, Lamarche offers his own nutritional advice for sport performance and recovery, while Soulard proposes more than 100 tantalizing and original recipes to meet the specific needs of hungry athletes. Le Soulard des sportifs is published by Éditions La Presse and is available for purchase in most bookstores.
Read more about the book [in French only]
Learn about other books published by INAF members [in French only]
Read the full article in Le Fil [in French only]]]>
Transfer & Innovation Tue, 05 Apr 2016 11:13:00 -0400
Laurent Dallaire Stands Out at Université Laval’s Final Three-Minute Thesis Competition FSAA master’s student places 2nd and receives the Audience Award. His presentation is available on YouTube. [in French only] Additional awards went to:
  • 1st Prize: Maud Gratuze, doctoral student in neurobiology, Faculty of Medicine;
  • 1st Prize: Alisson Clémenceau, master’s student in molecular medicine, Faculty of Medicine;
  • 2nd Prize: Damien Mathis, doctoral student in wood science. Faculty of Forestry, Geography and Geomatics.

Our sincere congratulations to everyone!]]>
Distinctions étudiantes Fri, 01 Apr 2016 10:58:00 -0400
Bénédicte L. Tremblay Receives Second Place at the 2015-2016 Edition of the Cogito Competition The student’s thesis is to be presented on the small screen.
  • Tuesday, March 29, 2016 at 8pm
  • Wednesday, March 30, 2016 at 12:30pm
  • Friday, April 1, 2016 at 9:30pm
  • Saturday, April 2, 2016 at 5:30pm
  • Sunday, April 3, 2016 at 10:00 am

  • Cogito is organized by the Université Laval’s association for students enrolled in graduate studies (Association des étudiantes et étudiants de la Laval inscrits aux études supérieures—AELIÉS). The objective of the competition is to highlight the excellence, knowledge and involvement of graduate students at Université Laval in research and creation projects.
    Congratulations to Bénédicte on this distinction! To watch the episod  «Améliorer sa santé et son bien-être» [in French only]]]>
    Distinctions étudiantes Mon, 21 Mar 2016 10:58:00 -0400