05 April 2016

Janie Allaire Wins Graduate Student Research Award

INAF doctoral student is selected among 12 candidates

Janie Allaire

The Graduate Student Research Award competition took place during the 2016 edition of the 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.