David Ma

Portrait of Dr. David Ma on Alumni Walk at U of G

Email: 
davidma@uoguelph.ca
Summary: 

My research will contribute to our fundamental understanding of the role of nutrition in disease prevention and strategies to implement change working through families.

Program

About my research…

My research focuses on understanding the role of dietary fats in human health and disease. The goal is to better understand the effects of fats throughout the lifecycle from the early beginnings of life to old age in both the prevention and treatment of disease. This is particularly relevant for diseases such as cancer, osteoporosis and Alzheimer’s disease. Fats studied by my group include those from the omega-3, omega-6, omega-9, trans and conjugated linoleic acid families of fatty acids. Currently, there are several major areas of research focus including the study of basic fatty acid metabolism, understanding the association between plasma fatty acids and health outcomes, omega-3 fatty acids in the prevention of breast cancer, and examining determinants of health in the Guelph Family Health Study.  In addition, related projects include the study of fats in brain health (i.e. Alzheimer’s disease), fatty liver disease, fatty acid metabolism, bone development, and nutrigenomics.

How my research improves life…

Chronic diseases such as obesity, heart disease, cancer, and diabetes are major contributors of reduced quality of life and mortality. New approaches are needed to prevent the onset of chronic disease. My research will contribute to our fundamental understanding of the role of nutrition in disease prevention and strategies to implement change working through families.

Why choose U of G grad studies…

The University of Guelph is a great place to conduct high calibre and interesting research in a supportive research environment. The University of Guelph is a leader in nutrition and lifestyle research and students will benefit from the broad resources and expertise available at this institution.