Stephanie Atkinson (Alumni) - McMaster University
|Award Type:||Centre Leader|
Dr. Atkinson is Professor in the Department of Pediatrics, Associate Member in the Department of Biochemistry and Biomedical Sciences, Faculty of Health Sciences, McMaster University in Hamilton and Special Professional Staff in McMaster Children’s Hospital. Current research encompasses clinical trial and epidemiological investigations of the environmental (nutrition), genetic and biochemical factors during fetal, neonatal and early childhood life that play a role in defining the offspring phenotype and as risk determinants for non-communicable diseases. In a prospective, longitudinal birth cohort study, children are followed from pregnancy to 10 years of age with the objective of elucidating the early determinants of obesity, diabetes, and risk of cardiovascular disease and osteoporosis. She also leads a multi-disciplinary team of researchers in the conduct of randomized clinical intervention trials of nutrition and exercise in pregnancy designed to optimize maternal and child health outcomes including bone health. Dr. Atkinson actively supports training of graduate students and clinician scientists and is McMaster Centre Leader for the Canadian Child Health Clinician Scientist Program. Current elected national and international leadership positions include Chair of the Institute Advisory Board of the CIHR Institute of Nutrition, Metabolism and Diabetes, Chair of the Board of Directors of the Maternal, Infant, Child and Youth Health Research Network (MICYRN) and co-lead of the MICYRN Canadian Birth Cohort Coalition, Executive member of the Board of Trustees of the North American International Life Sciences Institute (Washington, DC) Scientific, and member of the Scientific Advisory Council for Osteoporosis Canada.