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About SSuRe Weekly Scientific Seminars:

Each week, a leading SickKids scientist provides a dynamic, engaging talk intended to teach you something about a different area of research happening in the hospital and research institute. By the end of the summer, you'll have a better understanding and appreciation of the key roles basic and clinical research have in advancing our knowledge of human health and disease. All summer research students should attend! This week's topic?

Protein requirement to protein quality: How much, of what, and so what? with Dr. Glenda Courtney-Martin

About Dr. Glenda Courtney-Martin, PhD:

Dr. Glenda Courtney-Martin obtained her undergraduate degree in Nutrition from Ryerson University and her Masters and PhD from the University of Toronto. She is a member of the College of Dietitians of Ontario, having completed her Dietetic Internship at St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto. Currently, Dr. Courtney-Martin is a Clinical Dietitian and Health Clinician Scientist at The Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto. She also holds an Associate Scientist position at Research Institute in the Translational Medicine Program and is an Assistant Professor in Department of Nutritional Sciences & Faculty of Kinesiology & Physical Education, at theUniversity of Toronto.

Dr. Courtney-Martin’s research focus is on protein and amino acid requirement and metabolism through the lifespan and evaluation of dietary protein qulity of foods for human nutrition. Her early work focused on the requirement and metabolism of the sulphur amino acids in the total parenteral fed (TPN) post surgical human neonate. She demonstrated that the sulhur amino acid content of current commercial TPN solutions is too high and could be a contributor to TPN related liver disease observed in neonates and young children on long-term TPN.

Her current work includes the conduction of a number of studies in children and older adults to estimate the requirement of several indespensable amino acids and to validate the higher requirement estimate for protein proposed by her research group. In addition she is actively evaluating the dietary protein quality of cereal grains to meet human nutrition needs.

Dr. Courtney-Martin is the recipient of a CIHR Project Grant for her work titled: Evaluating the dietary protein quality of cereal grains to meet human nutrition needs by measuring the metabolic availability of the most limiting amino acid; lysine. She is also co-applicant on a CIHR Operating Grant for the determination of amino acid requirement throughout the lifespan.

For more information on Dr. Courtney-Martin's work visit:

Pubmed: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/?term=Glenda%20Courtney-Martin


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