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Bringing innovation to the table

Message from the Vice-President, Research & Innovation

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.

We hope you enjoy this issue of Innovation and invite you to share in our appetite for research on this important topic.

This publication is made possible, in part, with the support of the Research Support Fund.

Feature Stories

Addressing malnutrition across borders

Cecilia Rocha (Nutrition), director of the Centre for Food Security, is aiming to improve the lives of women and children around the world.

Can price convince consumers to make more nutritious choices?

Julie Kellershohn wants to know why you picked a healthier option for your latest restaurant meal and whether she can influence you to make that healthier choice again.

Food insecurity, an issue among refugees and immigrants

While we often associate food insecurity with poverty, wars are becoming an important reason behind hunger in many parts of the world.

Research duo develops foods to keep us feeling full longer

Dérick Rousseau (Chemistry) and Nick Bellissimo (Nutrition) aim to solve the age-old problem of creating satisfying yet delicious foods that will tide us over between meals and prevent weight gain.

Partner in Innovation

Ryerson and St. Michael’s team up to establish a unique institute

After only one year, the Institute for Biomedical Engineering, Science and Technology (iBEST) has helped researchers at Ryerson and St. Michael’s Hospital to innovate medical solutions for the 21st century.


Exploring diversity in on-air radio

While exploring diversity in the world of radio, Lori Beckstead uncovered that, despite appearances, women are still largely underrepresented as on-air personalities.