Donna Vine, PhD

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

Contact

Associate Professor, Faculty of Agricultural, Life and Environmental Sci - Ag, Food & Nutri Sci Dept
Email
donna.vine@ualberta.ca
Phone
(780) 492-4393
Address
4-002H Li Ka Shing Centre For Research
11203 - 87 Ave NW
Edmonton AB
T6G 2H5

Overview

About

Dr. Donna Vine was appointed as an Assistant Professor to develop new courses within the Nutrition Program in mid 2004, and went on to become a full Faculty member in January 2006. Dr. Vine has significant experience with course coordination, development and delivery of new units and courses from around the world in the areas of Human Nutrition, Food Science, Physiology and Disease. Dr. Vine has been able to design and develop appropriate content and lecture-based objectives using power point and WebCT tools for the courses Introduction to Principles of Nutrition & Natural Health Products in Nutrition. Dr. Vine has received significant commendations from her students regarding the delivery and content of these courses.  In her  faculty position Dr. Vine has established herself as a principle investigator in the pursuit of new research initiatives in the area of nutritional modulation of intestinal and postprandial lipid metabolism in the metabolic syndrome and polycystic ovarian disease. 

For more information please visit: The Metabolic and Cardiovascular Diseases Laboratory Website (http://mcvd.ualberta.ca)


AWARDS:

2017-2020  
Council Member, Canadian Society Endocrinology and Metabolism Council

2016           
Teaching Award 2016, University of Alberta, AFNS, Faculty ALES

2015-2016  
Awarded McCalla Professorship, Research Disciplines: Dietetics and Nutrition.  University of Alberta, Canada

2015 
Nominated, Canadian Society of Endocrinology and Metabolism, Charles Hollenberg, Young Investigator Award (Basic Science)

2014-present  
Appointed Faculty of CME for Androgen Excess and Polycystic Ovary Syndrome Society

2012    
Honorary Research Fellow, School of Medicine and Pharmacology, Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences, University of Western Australia

July 2011   
Appointed Associate Professor, University of Alberta

 

SELECT SCIENTIFIC MEMBERSHIPS AND ASSOCIATIONS:

2005-present    Member, Canadian & Alberta Obesity Network

2005-present    Member, Canadian Society Atherosclerosis, Thrombosis and Vascular Biology (CSATVB)

2006-present    Member, Canadian Lipoprotein Society (CLS)

2006-present    Member, International Society for Fatty Acids and Lipids (ISFAL)

2006-present    Member, The Endocrine Society

2007-present    Reviewer, Health Canada

2007-present    Executive Council: national guidelines, organizing committee of annual meeting, The Canadian Society of Endocrinology and Metabolism (CSEM)

2007-present    Co-Director, Metabolic and Cardiovascular Diseases (MCVD) Lab, University of Alberta

2007-present    Member, University of Alberta SCOLAR and MCBL Group

2007-present    Principle Member, Alberta Diabetes Institute (ADI) and Muttart Diabetes Research Training Centre

2008-present    Member, Faculty Academic Program, Div. Human Nutrition, UofA; Undergrad. Program Advisor Nutrition Major

2008-present    Member, [Chair as of July 2014] Nutrition and Food Science (NUFS) Program Committee, University of Alberta

2010-present    Member, Canadian Nutrition Society (CNS)

2012-present    Principal Member, Canadian Diabetes Association (CDA)

2014-present    Educator, Canadian Dietitian Continuing Education

2015-present    Scientific Reviewer, University of Alberta NSERC Academy of Reviewers for Grant Assist Program

2015-present    Member, University of Alberta Health Sciences Education & Research Council (HSERC)

2015-present    Executive Member & Abstract Reviewer for ENDO Conferences for The Endocrine Society

2015-present    Member, Academic Co-ordinating Committee (ACC), University of Alberta

2015-present    Member, Agricultural, Food and Nutritional Science, Dietetic Internship Selection Committee, UofA

2015-present    Member, Scientific Advisory Council, Sugar Institute, Toronto, Canada. 

2015-present    Principle Member, Medical Advisory Committee, Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome Awareness Association (POSAA), USA

2015-present    Principal Member: Continuing Medical Education, International Guidelines, Abstract/Poster Reviewer, Androgen Excess and PCOS Society

2015-present    Member of Dietetic Specialization Admission and Advisory Academic Committee, UofA

2015-present    Member of Dietetic Internship Committee, UofA

2016-present    Member, Abstract/Poster Reviewer, Women and Children’s Health Research Institute (WCHRI)

2017-present    Member, Dietitians of Canada


    Research

    RESEARCH HIGHLIGHTS:

    •  We have made extensive contributions to the study of intestinal chylomicrons, which has lead to the discovery that the impairment of intestinal chylomicron metabolism leads to an accumulation of these particles in the circulation.

    •  We have been the first to provide evidence that dietary derived cholesterol oxidation products are rapidly absorbed by the intestine, are incorporated into intestinal chylomicrons and transported to the circulation.

    •  We have discovered using intestinal ‘Ussing’ diffusion techniques that dietary type and amount can influence both the histological integrity and the physiological transport processes of the intestine.

    •  We developed a novel surgical (in-situ perfusion) and analytical methods (con-focal microscopy) to determine the permeability of intestinal chylomicron-remnants into arterial vessels.

    •  We have pioneered the development of an animal model to investigate the pathophysiology of Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) and the development of insulin resistance and dyslipidemia in PCOS.

    RESEARCH SUMMARY:

    Dr. Donna Vine and the Metabolic and Cardiovascular Diseases (MCVD) Laboratory are contributing to the link between intestinal lipid absorption and metabolism in relationship to cardiovascular disease, metabolic syndrome, polycystic ovarian syndrome and pre-diabetes. Emerging evidence suggest the intestine contributes significantly to whole body cholesterol and triglyceride metabolism, yet there remains a lack of knowledge regarding the regulation of intestinal lipid absorption, and transport of dietary lipids to the circulation via intestinal lipoproteins (chylomicrons). Dr. Vine and her team (together with Dr. Proctor, Nutrition, UofA) has been one of the first to contribute to the study of the effect of dietary fats on lipid transport and metabolism pathways in these disease states and they continue to research the basic physiological processes involved. Most recently they have begun to explore dietary improvements and pharmaceutical interventions to understand the etiology of the metabolic complications of PCOS in animal models.

    Please see ResearchGate for more information:  Click Here

    LIST OF PUBLICATIONS:  Click Here

    CURRENT SERIES OF PROJECTS:  Click Here


    Teaching

    Dr. Donna Vine has been teaching at the University level since 1992 and has accumulated significant experience from numerous institutions, primarily from Australia, but also recently here at the University of Alberta.  Dr. Vine's broad areas of teaching expertise are in the areas of Nutrition, Food Chemistry, Anatomy, Physiology, Biochemistry and Chronic Disease.  Dr. Vine  has contributed in a more specific capacity to the teaching programs that have included Anti-oxidants and Disease, Functional Foods/Bio-active Dietary components, Nutrition and Metabolism of Macro- and Micro-nutrients and Pharmaco-bioavailability.  Dr. Vine has developed and delivered courses on a continued basis throughout her career and she is very familiar with electronic presentations tools and WebCT content. 


    SELECT TEACHING EXPERIENCE:

    Institution/Area:  University of Alberta, Division of Human Nutrition (Edmonton, Alberta)
    Years Teaching:  Winter 2014 – current
    Responsibilities:  Course Development Coordinator Content Delivery   
    Course Title and Level:  Nutrition in the Prevention of Chronic Human Diseases. NUTR 452/AFNS 552   
    Teaching Method:  Lectures (ppt and WebCT based)
    Description of Content: Introduction to a variety of nutritional issues related to chronic disease etiology and prevention.

    Institution/Area:  University of Alberta, Division Human Nutrition (Edmonton, Alberta)
    Years Teaching:  Fall 2004 - current
    Responsibilities:  Course Development Coordinator Content Delivery   
    Course Title and Level:  Introduction to Principles of Nutrition NUFS 305
    Teaching Method: 
    Lectures (ppt and WebCT based)
    Description of Content:  Introduction chemistry, digestion, absorption, physiological function of energy nutrients, vitamins and minerals, and relationship to chronic disease.

    GRADUATE STUDENTS SUPERVISED:  Click Here

    POST-DOCTORAL FELLOWS SUPERVISED:  Click Here

    Announcements

    CURRENTLY RECRUITING FOR OUR CHILDHOOD LIPID RISK STUDY

    Is your child able to efficiently metabolize dietary fat?  There is a simple way to find out and take actions as excess fat in the body is closely linked with heart disease and other health problems...

    The University of Alberta, Metabolic and Cardiovascular Diseases (MCVD) Laboratory is currently recruiting for a 1 day clinical trial and your child maybe eligible to participate...

    Inclusion Criteria:
    •    Between the ages of 10-14
    •    Healthy-weight or overweight
    •    Active or inactive


    If you would like more information or have your child to be a part of this study please contact us @ 587-921-5245 or childlipidstudy@ualberta.ca



    Courses

    AFNS 500 - Individual Study

    Project or reading course under the supervision of a Faculty member requiring preparation of a comprehensive report. Prerequisite: consent of Department. Note: May be taken more than once provided the topic is different.

    Fall Term 2020
    AFNS 552 - Nutrition in the Prevention of Chronic Human Diseases

    A lecture and reading course for graduate students to review current research and the scientific basis of nutrition intervention in the prevention and treatment of chronic human disease. Translation of research findings to nutrition recommendations in topical areas including global health and food supply, obesity, cardiovascular disease, polycystic ovary syndrome and behavior-cognitive disorders. Not to be taken if credit received for NUTR 452. Prerequisite: consent of instructor. *6 PHYSL recommended.

    Winter Term 2021
    NU FS 305 - Introduction to the Principles of Nutrition

    Basic principles of nutrition and metabolism of macronutrients and micronutrients. Students cannot obtain credit in NU FS 305 if they are currently taking or have obtained credit in NUTR 301, 302, 303, or 304. Prerequisites: NUTR 100 or NU FS 100, and *6 in the sciences (recommended that *3 be BIOCH).

    Fall Term 2020
    NUTR 452 - Nutrition in the Prevention of Chronic Human Diseases

    A lecture and reading course to review current research and the scientific basis of nutrition intervention in the prevention and treatment of chronic human disease. Translation of research findings to nutrition recommendations in topical areas including global health and food supply, obesity, cardiovascular disease, polycystic ovary syndrome and behavior-cognitive disorders. Prerequisites: (NUTR 302, NUTR 304, or NU FS 305) and NU FS 356. *6 PHYSL recommended.

    Winter Term 2021

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