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Faculty of Community Services

Nick Bellissimo

Title:

PhD

Telephone:

416-979-5000, ext. 553026

Specialization:

  • Food intake regulation.
  • Pediatric nutrition.
  • Exercise physiology.
  • Energy imbalances.

Biography:

Nick Bellissimo is an associate professor and director of the Nutrition Discovery Labs in the School of Nutrition at Ryerson University.  His research program is dedicated to advancing our understanding of human ingestive behavior, with a particular emphasis on elucidating the determinants of food intake control in children. Through his interdisciplinary research program, he has examined the associations among macronutrient composition, exercise, hormonal and environmental factors with the goal of informing the development of evidence-based guidelines for promoting healthier body weights. He has significant leadership in the design of experimental trials related to diet and exercise, and in the design and testing of novel food ingredients, food formulations on satiety, and on biomarkers related to health and disease. He is a member of several journal editorial boards, and provides scientific advising to government agencies and the food industry.  

Current Courses:

  • PLN 103
  • PLN 203
  • FNR 201
  • NC 8101
  • FNP 500

Selected Publications:

2019

  • Manije Darooghegi Mofrad, Nazli Namazi, Bagher Larijani, Nick Bellissimo, Leila Azadbakht (2019). The association of food quality score and cardiovascular diseases risk factors among women: A cross-sectional study. Journal of Cardiovascular and Thoracic Research (in press).
  • Hana Arghavani, Elnaz Daneshzad, Nazli Namazi, Bagher Larijani, Mohammadreza Askari, Nick Bellissimo, Katherine Suitor, Leila Azadbakht (2019). Association of adherence to dietary approach to stop hypertension and diet quality indices among women in Tehran: A cross-sectional study. Health Promotion Perspectives (in press). 
  • Hadis Mozaffari, Nazli Namazi, Bagher Larijani, Nick Bellissimo, Leila Azadbakht (2019). The association of dietary acid load with cardiovascular risk factors and the prevalence of metabolic syndrome in Iranian women: A cross-sectional study. Nutrition (In Press). 
  • Soudeh Jafari-Maram, Elnaz Daneshzad, Neil R. Brett, Nick Bellissimo, Leila Azadbakht (2019). Association of low-carbohydrate diet score with overweight, obesity and cardiovascular disease risk factors: a cross-sectional study in Iranian women. J Cardiovasc Thorac Res 2019 (in press). 
  • Behzad Zamani, Elnaz Daneshzad, Fereydoun Siassi, Bijan Gilani, Nick Bellissimo, Leila Azadbakht (2019). Association of plant-based dietary patterns with psychological profile and obesity in Iranian women. Clin Nutr. 2019 Jul 26. pii: S0261-5614(19)30301-2. doi: 10.1016/j.clnu.2019.07.019.
  • Susan Williams, Corneel Vandelanotte, Christopher Irwin, Nick Bellissimo, Penny Heidke, Sonia Saluja, Amornrat Saito, Saman Khalesi (2019). Association between dietary patterns and sociodemographics: a cross-sectional study of Australian nursing students. Nursing and Health Sciences. DOI: 10.1111/nhs.12643 (in press). 
  • Nazli Namazi, Neil R. Brett*, Nick Bellissimo, Bagher Larijani, Leila Azadbakht (2019). The association between types of seafood intake and the risk of type 2 diabetes: A systematic review and meta-analysis of prospective cohort studies. Health Promot Perspect. 2019 Aug 6;9(3):164-173. doi: 10.15171/hpp.2019.24
  • Asieh Mansour, Mohammad Reza Mohajeri-Tehrani, Majid Samadi, Hadis Gerami, Mostafa Qorbani, Nick Bellissimo, Hossein Poustchi, Azita Hekmatdoost (2019). Risk Factors for Non-alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease- associated Hepatic Fibrosis in Type2 Diabetes Patients. Acta Diabetol. 2019 Jun 13. doi: 10.1007/s00592-019-01374-x. [Epub ahead of print]
  • Jennifer J. Lee*, Neil R. Brett*, Julia Chang*, Julia O. Totosy de Zepetnek*, Nick Bellissimo (2019). Effects of White Potatoes Consumed with Eggs on Satiety, Food Intake and Glycemic Response in Children and Adolescents. J Am Coll Nutr. 2019 Jul 10:1-8. doi: 10.1080/07315724.2019.1620659. [Epub ahead of print].
  • Jennifer J. Lee*, Neil R. Brett*, Vincent C.H. Wong*, Julia O. Totosy de Zepetnek*, Alexandra J. Fiocco, Nick Bellissimo (2019). Effects of Potatoes and Other Carbohydrates on Cognitive Performance, Glycemic Response, Subjective Emotions and Satiety in Children. Appl Physiol Nutr Metab. (Accepted: February 14, 2019). (Corresponding author).
  • Brandon Gheller*, Molly Gheller, Athena Li, Fernando Nunes, Younes Anini, Theresa Glanville, Nick Bellissimo, Jill Hamilton, G. Harvey Anderson, Bohdan Luhovyy. (2019). Dairy and non-dairy snacks’ effect on postprandial glycaemia in 9-14-year-old children. Appl Physiol Nutr Metab. 2019 Sep;44(9):1012-1019. doi: 10.1139/apnm-2018-0792. Epub 2019 Mar 7.
  • Hadis Mozaffari, Elnaz Daneshzad, Bagher Larijani, Nick Bellissimo, Leila Azadbakht (2019). Dietary intake of fish, n-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids, and risk of inflammatory bowel disease: A systematic review and meta-analysis of observational studies. Eur J Nutr. doi:10.1007/s00394-019-01901-0. [Epub ahead of print]  
  • Manije Darooghegi Mofrad, Fereydoun Siassi, Bijan Gilani, Nick Bellissimo, Leila Azadbakht (2019). The association of dietary phytochemical index and mental health in women: A cross-sectional study. Br J Nutr. Feb; 4:1-24. doi:10.1017/S0007114519000229. [Epub ahead of print] 
  • Behzad Aamani, Alireza Milajerdi, Hatav Tehrani, Neil R. Brett*, Nick Bellissimo, Leila Azadbakht (2019). Association of a plant-based dietary pattern in relation to gestational diabetes mellitus. Nutr Diet. Jan 24. doi:10.1111/1747-0080.12512. 
  • Seyedeh Parisa Moosavian, Awat Feizi, Ahmad Esmaillzadeh, Neil R. Brett*, Nick Bellissimo, Leila Azadbakht (2019). Developing and assessing the validity and reliability of an Iranian food security questionnaire. Arch Iran Med Jan; 22(1):11-23. 
  • Brandon J.F. Gheller*, Julia O. Totosy de Zepetnek*, Jo M. Welch, Melissa D. Rossiter, Bohdan Luhovyy, Neil R. Brett*, Nick Bellissimo (2019). Effect of video game playing and a glucose preload on subjective appetite, subjective emotions, and food intake in overweight and obese boys. Appl Physiol Nutr Metab. Mar; 44(3): 248-54. doi:10.1139/apnm-2018-0281. 
  • Kelly L. Poirier*, Julia O. Totosy de Zepetnek*, Lorianne J. Bennett*, Terence Boateng*, Neil R. Brett*, Alexander Schwartz*, Bohdan L. Luhovyy, Nick Bellissimo (2019). Effect of commercially available sugar-sweetened beverages on subjective appetite and short-term intake in boys. Nutrients; 11(2), 270. doi:10.3390/nu11020270. 

2018

  • Tayebeh Mottaghi, Fariborz Khorvash, Mohammadreza Maracy, Nick Bellissimo, Gholamreza Askari (2018).  Effect of folic acid supplementation on nerve conduction velocity in diabetic polyneuropathy patients. Neurol Res. Apr;41(4): 364-8. doi:10.1080/01616412.2019.1565180. [Epub ahead of print]
  • Hamide Rajaie, Nick Bellissimo, Sareh Keshavarz, Shiva Faghih (2018). Effect of calcium and vitamin D supplementation on body composition and weight reduction: A randomized, triple-blind, controlled trial. Prog Nutr. Dec; 20(2-S):1534-162. doi:10.23751/pn.v20i2-S.6116. 
  • Mohsen Mohammadi-Sartang, Zohreh Mazloom, Hadi Bazyar, Marzieh Mahmoodi, Nick Bellissimo, Julia Totosy de Zepetnek* (2018). Effects of walnuts consumption on vascular endothelial function in humans: a systematic review and meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials. Clin Nutr ESPEN. Dec;28:52-58. doi:10.1016/j.clnesp.2018.07.009. 
  • Saideh Tabibian, Elnaz Daneshzad, Nick Bellissimo, Neil R. Brett*, Ahamd R. Dorosty-Morlagh, Leila Azadbakht (2018). Association between adherence to the Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension diet with food security and weight status in adult women. Nutr Diet. Jun; 75(5):481-7. doi:10.1111/1747-0080.12440. 
  • Saeed Ghobadi, Zahra Hassanzadeh‐Rostami, Mohammed Salehi‐Marzijarani, Nick Bellissimo, Neil R. Brett*, Julia O. Totosy de Zepetnek*, Shiva Faghih (2018). Association between overweight/obesity and eating habits while watching television among primary-school children in the city of Shiraz, Iran. Public Health Nutr. Feb;21(3):571-579. doi:10.1017/S1368980017003251.
  • Somaye Fatahi, Elnaz Daneshzad, Hamed Kord-Varkaneh, Nick Bellissimo, Neil R. Brett*, Leila Azadbakht (2018). Impact of Diets Rich in Whole Grains and Fruits and Vegetables on Cardiovascular Risk Factors in Overweight and Obese Women: A Randomized Clinical Feeding Trial. J Am Coll Nutr. Apr 27:1-10. doi:10.1080/07315724.2018.1444520. 
  • Qing Guo*, Nick Bellissimo, Derick Rousseau (2018). Effect of Emulsifier Concentration and Physical State on the In Vitro Digestion Behavior of Oil-in-Water Emulsions J Agric Food Chem. Jul 18;66(28):7496-7503. doi:10.1021/acs.jafc.8b02231. 
  • Saman Khalesi, Nick Bellissimo, Corneel Vandenalotte, Susan Williams, Dragana Stanley, Christopher Irwin (2018). A Review of Probiotics Supplementation in Healthy Adults: Helpful or Hype? Eur J. Clin. Nutr. Jan; 73(1):24-37. doi:10.1038/s41430-018-0135-9. 
  • Mohsen Mohammadi-Sartang, Nick Bellissimo, Julia O. Totosy de Zepetnek*, Neil R. Brett*, Seyed Mohammad Mazloomi, Mohammad Fararouie, Alireza Bedeltavana, Mahmoud Famouri, Zohreh Mazloom. (2018). The effect of daily fortified yogurt consumption on weight loss in adults with metabolic syndrome: a 10-week randomized controlled trial. Nutr Metab Cardiovasc Dis. Jun;28(6):565-574. doi:10.1016/j.numecd.2018.03.001. (Co-author).
  • Lorianne J. Bennett*, Julia O. Totosy de Zepetnek*, Neil R. Brett*, Kelly Poirier*, Qing Guo*, Derick Rousseau, Nick Bellissimo (2018). Effect of Commercially Available Sugar-Sweetened Beverages on Short-Term Food Intake and Appetite in Adolescent Girls. Nutrients. Mar 23;10(4):394. doi:10.3390/nu10040394. 
  • Qing Guo*, Julia O. Totosy de Zepetnek*, Jennifer Chang*, Julia Hayden*, Stephen J. Crozier, Gagan Mongia, Dérick Rousseau, Nick Bellissimo* (2018). Effect of Midmorning Puree Snacks on Subjective Appetite, Food Intake, and Glycemic and Insulin Responses in Healthy Adults. J Am Coll Nutr. Apr 27:1-11. doi:10.1080/07315724.2018.1457457.  
  • Saeed Ghobadi, Zahra Hassanzadeh‐Rostami, Mohammed Salehi‐Marzijarani, Nick Bellissimo, Neil R. Brett*, Julia O. Totosy de Zepetnek*, Shiva Faghih. (2018). Association of eating while television viewing and overweight/obesity among children and adolescents: a systematic review and meta‐analysis of observational studies. Obes Rev. Mar;19(3):313-320. doi:10.1111/obr.12637. 

2017

  • Qing Guo*, Aiqian Ye, Nick Bellissimo, Harjinder Singh, Derick Rousseau (2017). Modulating fat digestion through food structure. Prog Lipid Res. Oct; 68:109-118. doi:10.1016/j.plipres.2017.10.001. 
  • Qing Guo*, Nick Bellissimo, Derick Rousseau (2017). The physical state of emulsified edible oil modulates its in vitro digestion. J Agric Food Chem. Oct 18;65(41):9120-9127. doi:10.1021/acs.jafc.7b03368. 
  • Fahimeh Haghighatdoost, Nick Bellissimo, Julia O. Totosy de Zepetnek, Mohammad Hossein Rouhani (2017). Association of vegetarian diet with inflammatory biomarkers: a systematic review and meta-analysis of observational studies. Public Health Nutr. Oct;20(15):2713-2721. doi:10.1017/S1368980017001768. 
  • Mohsen Mohammadi-Sartang, Zohreh Mazloom, Hamidreza Raeisi-Dehkordi, Reza Barati-Boldaji, Nick Bellissimo, Julia O. Totosy de Zepetnek* (2017) The effect of flaxseed supplementation on body weight and body composition: A systematic review and meta-analysis of 45 randomized placebo-controlled trials. Obes Rev. Sep;18(9):1096-1107. doi:10.1111/obr.12550. 
  • Qing Guo*, Nick Bellissimo, Derick Rousseau (2017). Role of gel structure in controlling in vitro intestinal lipid digestion in whey protein emulsion gels. Food Hydrocolloids. Aug; 69:264-272. doi:10.1016/j.foodhyd.2017.01.037. 
  • Katie Adolphus, Nick Bellissimo, Clare L Lawton, Nikki A Ford, Tia M Rains, Julia O. Totosy de Zepetnek*, Louise Dye (2017). Methodological challenges in studies examining the effects of breakfast on cognitive performance and appetite. Adv Nutr. Jan;8(1):184S-196S. doi: 10.3945/an.116.012831. 
  • Julia O. Totosy de Zepetnek*, Damion Pollard*, Jo Welch, Melissa Rossiter, Shiva Faghih, Nick Bellissimo (2016). Pre-meal screen-time activities increase subjective emotions, but not food intake in young girls. Appetite. Apr; 1;111:32-37. doi:10.1016/j.appet.2016.12.025. 

2016

  • Sanaz Mehrabani, Seyyed Morteza Safavi, Sepideh Mehrabani, Mehdi Asemi, Awat Feizi, Nick Bellissimo, Amin Salehi-Abargouei (2016). Effects of low-fat milk consumption at breakfast on satiety and short-term energy intake in 10- to 12-year-old obese boys. Eur J Nutr. Jun;55(4):1389-96. doi:10.1007/s00394-015-0956-4. 
  • Maryam Hajishafiee, Gholamreza Askari1, Bijan Iranj, Reza Ghiasvand, Nick Bellissimo, Julia O. Totosy de Zepetnek*, Amin Salehi-Abargouei (2016). The effect of n-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids supplementation on androgen profile in patients with polycystic ovary syndrome: A systematic review and meta-analysis of clinical trials. Horm Metab Res. May;48(5):281-9. doi:10.1055/s-0042-105288. 
  • Amin Salehi-Abargouei, Fahime Akbari, Nick Bellissimo, Leila Azadbakht (2016). Dietary diversity score and obesity: a systematic literature review and meta-analysis of observational studies. Eur J Clin Nutr. Jan;70(1):1-9. doi:10.1038/ejcn.2015.118. 
  • G. Harvey Anderson, Shokoufeh Khodabandeh*, Barkha Patel, Borhdan L. Luhovyy, Nick Bellissimo, Rebecca C. Mollard (2015). Mealtime exposure to food advertisements while watching television increases food intake in overweight and obese girls, but has a paradoxical effect in boys. Appl Physiol Nutr Metab. Feb; 40(2):162-7. doi:10.1139/apnm-2014-0249. 

2015

  • Fahimeh Haghighatdoost, Mojgan Mortazavi Najafabadi, Nick Bellissimo, Leila Azadbakht (2015). Association of dietary acid load with cardiovascular disease risk factors in patients with diabetic nephropathy. Nutrition. May; 31(5):697-702. doi:10.1016/j.nut.2014.11.012. 
  • Amin Salehi-Abargouei, Sahar Saraf-Bank, Nick Bellissimo, Leila Azadbakht (2015). Effect of non-soy legume consumption on C reactive protein: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Nutrition. May; 31(5):631-9. doi:10.1016/j.nut.2014.10.018. 
  • Nick Bellissimo, Tina Akhavan* (2015) Effect of Macronutrient Composition on Short-Term Food Intake and Weight Loss. 2015 May; Adv Nutr. 6(3):302S-8S. doi:10.3945/an.114.006957. 

2014

  • Alyson Branton*, Tina Akhavan*, Branka Gladanac*, Damian Pollard*, Jo Welch, Melissa Rossiter, Nick Bellissimo (2014) Pre-meal video game playing and glucose reduces food intake in normal weight boys. Appetite. Dec; 83:256-62. doi:10.1016/j.appet.2014.08.024. 
  • Tina Akhavan*, Michelle Eskritt, Marissa Van Engelen*, Nick Bellissimo (2014). Effect of Sugars in Solutions on Immediate and Delayed Memory Recall in Boys. Int J School Health. Oct; 1(3): e24545. doi:10.17795/intjsh-24545. 
  • Marissa Van Engelen*, Shokoufeh Khodabandeh*, Tina Akhavan*, Juhi Agarwal*, Branka Gladanac*, Nick Bellissimo (2014) The effect of sugars in solutions on subjective appetite and short-term food intake in 9 to 14-year-old normal weight boys. Eur J Clin Nutr. Jul;68(7):773-7. doi:10.1038/ejcn.2014.33. 
  • Barkha Patel, G. Harvey Anderson, Shirley Vien, Nick Bellissimo, Brian McCrindle, Jill Hamilton (2014). Obesity, sex and puberty affect glycemic and appetite hormone responses to a mixed glucose and whey-protein drink in adolescents. Clin Endocrinol (Oxf). 81(1):63-70. doi:10.1111/cen.12403.

Professional Affiliations:

  • Canadian Nutrition Society, President’s Volunteer Leadership Award, 2019
  • Dean’s Scholarly, Research and Creative Activity Award, Ryerson University, Faculty of Community Services, 2017
  • Sue Williams Excellence in Teaching Award, Ryerson University, Faculty of Community Services, 2016
  • Dean’s Teaching Award, Ryerson University, Faculty of Community Services, 2014

Position Currently Held:

Associate Professor

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