Russell De Souza

We are proud of PHRI Associate Scientist Russell De Souza, for his recognition by the Canadian Nutrition Society (CNS) as their Young Investigator Award for Outstanding Research, 2023.

De Souza is a registered dietitian and nutritional epidemiologist who focuses his research on dietary factors that influence chronic disease throughout the lifespan, with a particular interest in macronutrients, dietary patterns and cardiovascular disease. He received his doctoral degree in nutritional epidemiology from the Harvard School of Public Health, and completed post-doctoral training in systematic reviews and randomized trial methodology jointly at McMaster University and at St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto.

He is a long-time collaborator with PHRI Senior Scientist Sonia Anand and other members of our Canadian Healthy Hearts and Minds (CAHHM) study, including work with under-studied and at-risk populations including Indigenous communities and South Asian Canadians.

De Souza co-led the Healthy Roots pilot project within the Six Nations of the Grand River community, Canada’s largest Indigenous community, which they published in the International Journal of Indigenous Health.

He also co-led a CAHHM sub-study that found “you are where you live” – meaning one’s postal code reflected the various factors in health, including access to healthy foods (cost, availability) – among other nutritional epidemiological work he’s done with PHRI, McMaster University, and other collaborators.

Congratulations, Russ De Souza of a very worthy recognition of excellence by the Canadian Nutrition Society! A fitting time of year as this is Nutrition Month, and earlier this month was World Obesity Day.

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