Issue 26: March/April 2017
When we think of food, many things come to mind: celebration, family, culture. But when we go deeper, we can see how access to fresh, nourishing food is the main marker of health for communities around the world.
At Ryerson, we explore the nutritional needs of Canadians and international communities at the intersection of two of our research themes: health and well being; and city building and social justice. We look at nutrition in many ways: from seeing how food breaks down in the body, to how food production can impact broader communities by providing not only nourishment but also employment and security.
Nutrition is a basic determinant of healthy communities. Whether access to nutritious food is gained by increasing knowledge, creating political and economic stability, or in the most fundamental way, by growing and harvesting the raw materials necessary to produce food, we all benefit from a healthier society. Ryerson researchers recognize the importance of addressing these issues.
In this issue of Innovation, we look at how Cecilia Rocha is using her knowledge from a previous project in Brazil to bring the production of ready-to-use therapeutic foods to an impoverished area of Vietnam. Through Mustafa Koç’s work, we see the importance of access to culturally relevant foods for immigrant and refugee communities to enhance their health. Julie Kellershon examines consumer behaviour in making healthy food choices in restaurants and what drives those choices. Dérick Rousseau and Nick Bellissimo are teaming up to explore the foods that keep us full longer in order to create new foods that taste good and offer good nutritional value. In our Partner to Innovate story, we highlight Ryerson’s partnership with St. Michael’s Hospital through the Institute for Biomedical Engineering and Science Technology (iBEST) with work being done by Scott Tsai. And finally, in our spotlight story we hear from Lori Beckstead, whose project focuses on diversity and equity in the field of on-air radio.
We hope you enjoy this issue of Innovation and invite you to share in our appetite for research on this important topic.
Vice-President, Research and Innovation (Interim)
Congratulations to the Ryerson faculty who have recently received grants in support of their research programs.
The list below includes a selection of recent grants awarded for which Ryerson is the principal grant holder and publication of the award is approved by the corresponding granting agencies.
|Umberto Berardi (Architectural Science)||OCE VIP I|
|Xavier Fernando (Electrical and Computer Engineering)||OCE Smart Computing Challenge|
|Alan Fung (Mechanical and Industrial Engineering)||Mitacs Accelerate|
|Anton de Ruiter (Aerospace Engineering)||OCE VIP I|
|Bala Venkatesh (Electrical and Computer Engineering)||Mitacs Elevate|
|Andriy Miranskyy (Computer Science)||OCE VIP I|
|Ali Miri (Computer Science)||Mitacs Accelerate|
|Enza Gucciardi (Nutrition)||Lawson Foundation/Diabetes|
|Vincent Hui (Architectural Science)||OCE VIP I|
|Alagan Anpalagan (Electrical and Computer Engineering)||NSERC Engage Grant|
|Joon Chung (Aerospace Engineering)||NSERC Engage Grant|
|Wey Leong (Mechanical and Industrial Engineering)||NSERC Engage Grant|
|Farah Mohammadi (Electrical and Computer Engineering)||NSERC Engage Grant|
|Medhat Shehata (Civil Engineering)||NSERC Engage Grant|
|Kristiina Valter McConville (Electrical and Computer Engineering)||NSERC Engage Grant|
|Raffi Karshafian (Physics)||NSERC Engage Grant|
|Michael Kolios (Physics)||NSERC Connect Grant - level 2|
Thursday, April 6, 2017
Rogers Communication Centre, 80 Gould St., Toronto
Join us as a panel of outstanding experts and activists talk through the complex pros, cons, and to-dos of food banks, featuring Councillor Joe Mihevc, Chair of the Toronto Board of Health; Andy Fisher, author of the controversial new book from MIT Press, Big Hunger: The Unholy Alliance between Corporate America and Anti-Hunger Groups; Valerie Tarasuk, Professor in the Department of Nutritional Sciences, University of Toronto and Principal Investigator of PROOF; Cecilia Rocha, Director of the Ryerson School of Nutrition; Ryan Noble, Executive Director of the North York Harvest Food Bank; and Merryn Maynard, Program Coordinator at Meal Exchange.