Carla Prado, PhD, RD

Professor, Faculty of Agricultural, Life and Environmental Sci - Ag, Food & Nutri Sci Dept


Professor, Faculty of Agricultural, Life and Environmental Sci - Ag, Food & Nutri Sci Dept
(780) 492-7934
2-021E Li Ka Shing Centre For Research
8602 112 St NW
Edmonton AB
T6G 2E1



Education, Training and Employment History

Assistant Professor – Department of Nutrition, Food and Exercise Sciences, Florida State University, USA.

Visiting Scholar - Institute for Ageing and Health, Newcastle University, UK.

Postdoctoral Fellowship - NIDDK, National Institutes of Health, USA.

Postdoctoral Fellowship - Department of Oncology/Cross Cancer Institute, University of Alberta, CA.

PhD - Nutrition & Metabolism, Department of Agricultural, Food and Nutritional Sciences, University of Alberta, CA.

Postgraduate Degree (Specialist) - Academic Teaching, FacLions, BR.

Undergraduate - Nutrition/Internship, UFG, BR.

Research Area

Nutritional Assessment / Clinical Nutrition


Dr. Carla Prado, PhD, RD is a Professor at the University of Alberta, a Campus Alberta Innovates (CAIP) Chair in Nutrition, Food and Health, and a Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) New Investigator. She is the Director of the Human Nutrition Research Unit, a state-of-the-art research and training facility. Her laboratory is dedicated to the study of nutrient intake, energy metabolism and skeletal muscle and adipose tissue dynamics and its effect on health. Dr. Prado was recognized as one of the most influential young Canadian leaders, receiving Canada’s Top 40 Under 40 Award. 

Dr. Prado is an expert in assessing nutritional status through the precise measurement of body composition and energy metabolism; she has published over 160 peer-reviewed publications on the topic (h-index=46; i10-index=97). Her research has shown for the first time the prevalence and clinical implications of sarcopenic obesity (concurrent appearance of low muscle and high fat) in cancer, and has provided evidence of the independent effect of body composition on cancer recurrence, treatment and survival. Her expertise also includes the assessment of whole-body macronutrient metabolism and the regulation of body weight and composition. The focus of her current research program is to develop targeted nutrition interventions for the prevention and treatment of abnormal body composition in patients with diverse chronic conditions. She is currently the Principal Investigator of three randomized controlled trials investigating the impact of nutrition intervention on body composition and health.

Dr. Prado received her Ph.D. from the University of Alberta, Canada, and has completed further training at the Cross Cancer Institute (Canada), the National Institutes of Health (USA) and Newcastle University (UK). She is an Associate Editor of Clinical Nutrition and the Journal of Cachexia, Sarcopenia and Muscle. She serves as a member of the Body Composition Clinical Guidelines group for the American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition. In addition to receiving Canada's Top 40 Under 40 Award in 2019, Dr. Prado has also received Avenue Edmonton's Top 40 Under 40, an award that celebrates Alberta’s most exceptional young community and corporate leaders (2017). 


NUTR 482 - Introduction to Dietetic Practice (Winter 2018).

NUTR 440 - Current Topics in Nutritional Science (Winter 2016, 2017).


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NUTR 482 - Introduction to Dietetic Practice

Lectures and discussion to improve readiness of students to work independently in the development of professional practice skills in dietetics. Required before placement in NUTR 483, 484, 485, 486, 487 and 488. Prerequisites: NU FS 223, NU FS 250, NU FS 356, NU FS 373, NU FS 377, NUTR 301, NUTR 302, and NUTR 468. Corequisite: NUTR 476.

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Featured Publications

Prado CM, Baracos VE, Xiao J, Birdsell L, Stuyckens K, Park YC, Parekh T, Sawyer MB

Applied Physiology, Nutrition, and Metabolism.. 2014 January; 39 (6):693-698

Prado CM

Current Opinion in Clinical Nutrition and Metabolic Care. 2013 January; 16 (5):525-533

Prado CM, Lieffers JR, Bowthorpe L, Baracos VE, Mourtzakis M, McCargar LJ

Canadian Journal of Dietetic Practice and Research. 2013 January; 74 (2):69-74

Prado CM, Sawyer MB, Ghosh S, Lieffers JR, Esfandiari N, Antoun S, Baracos V

American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.. 2013 January; 98 (4):1012-1019

Prado CM, Lieffers JR, Bergsten G, Mourtzakis M, Baracos V, McCargar LJ

Canadian Journal of Dietetic Practice and Research. 2012 January; 73 (4):e298-303

Siervo M, Nasti G, Stephan BCM, Papa A, Muscariello E, Wells JCK, Prado CM, Colantuoni A

Journal of The American College of Nutrition. 2012 January; 31 (2):79-86

Prado CM, Wells JCK, Smith S, Stephan BCM, Siervo M

Clinical Nutrition.. 2012 January; 31 (5):583-601

Prado CM, Baracos VE, McCargar LJ, Reiman T, Mourtzakis M, Tonkin K, Mackey JR, Koski S, Pituskin E, Sawyer MB

Clinical Cancer Research. 2009 January; 15 (8):2920-2926

Prado CM, Lieffers JR, McCargar LJ, Reiman T, Sawyer MB, Martin L, and Baracos VE

Lancet Oncology. 2008 January; 9 (7):629-635

Prado CM, Siervo M, Mire E, Heymsfield SB, Stephan BC, Broyles S, Smith SR, Wells JC, Katzmarzyk PT

The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.

Prado CM, Maia YLM, Ormsbee M, Sawyer M. Baracos VE

Anti-Cancer Agents in Medicinal Chemistry. 13 (8):1197-1203

Siervo M, Prado CM, Stephan BC, Lara J, Muscariello E, Nasti G, Colantuoni A

Eating and Weight Disorders-Studies on Anorexia, Bulimia and Obesity.

Meza-Junco, Montano-Loza AJ,Baracos VE, Prado CM, Bain VG, Beaumont, C, Esfandiari N, Lieffers JR, Sawyer MB

Journal of Clinical Gastroenterology.. 47 (10):861-870