Caroline Richard, RD, MSc, PhD
Pronouns: She, her
Area of Study / Keywords
Nutritional Immunology / Nutrition & Metabolism / Clinical Nutrition
Education and Training
• Assistant Professor-Human Nutrition division, Department of Agricultural, Food and Nutritional Sciences (AFNS)
• Adjunct Professor in the Department of Medical Microbiology and Immunology (MMI)
• Canada Research Chair in Nutritional Immunology
• Postdoctoral Fellowship-Nutritional Immunology, AFNS, University of Alberta, Alberta.
• PhD-Nutrition & Metabolism, Department of Food Science and Nutrition, Laval University, Québec.
• MSc-Clinical Nutrition, Department of Food Science and Nutrition, Laval University, Québec.
• Undergraduate-Nutrition/Internship, Department of Food Science and Nutrition, Laval University, Québec.
Major Responsibilities/ Research Interests
My research program supports the establishment of clinical evidence-based nutritional recommendations for the management of obesity-related immune dysfunction. My research aims first at understanding the independent contributions of diet and hyperglycemia in modulating immune function in obesity and secondly at developing dietary approaches (dietary pattern, food or supplement) that precisely mitigate obesity-related immune dysfunction. Identifying specific immune functions (markers to target), independent of diet, that are impaired in different health conditions (e.g., obesity, prediabetes or type 2 diabetes) is crucial to determine targeted and personalized approaches to precisely improve immune function in each health condition. The second part of my research program is to provide evidence to support food-based recommendations (ex. Phosphatidylcholine) that are directed at precisely improving obesity-related immune dysfunction. This is important since weight loss, although known to improve inflammation and the immune system, has resulted in little long-term success. Therefore, there is an urgent need to identify other effective strategies for the management of obesity co-morbidities.
Areas of focus include:
1. Understanding the relationship between the cardiovascular system and the immune system
2. Nutritional interventions to mitigate immune dysfunction related to obesity, insulin resistance and type 2 diabetes
3. Phosphatidylcholine and dairy fat counteracting the immune dysfunction associated with obesity
This course introduces students to the profession of dietetics and its position with in the Canadian health care system. Topics covered include: history of dietetics; the structure of the health care system in Canada; roles of the Registered Dietitian, concepts of dietetic practice and jurisprudence for Registered Dietitians.