Skip Ribbon Commands
Skip to main content
We are currently experiencing intermittent issues impacting registration and login including access to online learning. We apologize for any inconvenience.
PHO Grand Rounds: Guelph Family Health Study: Engaging families to prevent chronic disease
Tuesday, January 26, 2016 12:00 pm to 01:00 pm
Venue: 480 University Ave, Suite 300 Toronto, ON M5G 1V2 Boardroom 350
Health Promotion
City: Toronto
Format: In Person; Webinar

​Note: This is an open invitation, and may be forwarded to interested parties.

The Guelph Family Health Study is a bold research endeavour designed to tackle the pressing challenges of obesity and related chronic diseases. 

The overarching goal of the study is to create a family cohort that can be followed for many years. Our scientific objectives are to: 1) identify early life factors associated with later obesity and chronic disease, and 2) test family-based strategies to support healthful behaviours early in life.

In this presentation, we will describe the Guelph Family Health Study, and present findings from our year-long pilot study with 44 families which included 79 parents and 55 children.

DISCLAIMER: The opinions expressed by speakers and moderators do not necessarily reflect the official policies or views of Public Health Ontario, nor does the mention of trade names, commercial practices, or organizations imply endorsement by Public Health Ontario.

Presenters: Dr. David Ma and Dr. Jess Haines

David Ma, PhD, is an Associate Professor in the Department of Human Health and Nutritional Sciences and the Director of the Guelph Family Health Study. Dr. Ma’s research program aims to understand the role of dietary fats in human health and with an emphasis on disease prevention. This is reflected in CIHR grants focused on breast cancer prevention demonstrating that omega-3 fatty acids can significantly reduce tumour outcomes by 25%. CIHR funded research is also focused on establishing fatty acid reference ranges using nationally representative samples from the Canadian Health Measures Survey.

Jess Haines, PhD, RD is an Associate Professor of Applied Nutrition and the Associate Director of the Guelph Family Health Study. Before joining the University of Guelph, Dr. Haines was a faculty member at the Obesity Prevention Program at Harvard Medical School. In 2015, Dr. Haines received the CIHR New Investigator Award. Her research is focused on developing and testing both home- and community-based obesity prevention interventions.

Public Health Ontario Grand Rounds are approved for continuing medical education from the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons.

PHO Grand Rounds are also approved by Council of Professional Experience for professional development hours (PDHs) for members of the Canadian Institute of Public Health Inspectors (CIPHI).

For more information, contact


Stay up-to-date on upcoming events and calls for abstracts by visiting our calendar.
If you have submissions, or questions or comments about the items above, send them to

Public Health Ontario is committed to complying with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA).
If you require accommodations to participate in this event, please contact 647-260-7100 or


Uncontrolled print copy. Valid only on day of Print: [date]
Page updated on [date/time] 2016-01-28 10:24 AM
© , Ontario Agency for Health Protection and Promotion