Vera Mazurak

Professor, Faculty of Agricultural, Life and Environmental Sci - Ag, Food & Nutri Sci Dept
Division Dir - Human Nutrition, Faculty of Agricultural, Life and Environmental Sci - Ag, Food & Nutri Sci Dept

Contact

Professor, Faculty of Agricultural, Life and Environmental Sci - Ag, Food & Nutri Sci Dept
Email
vera.mazurak@ualberta.ca
Phone
(780) 492-8048
Address
4-002C Li Ka Shing Centre For Research
11203 - 87 Ave NW
Edmonton AB
T6G 2H5

Division Dir - Human Nutrition, Faculty of Agricultural, Life and Environmental Sci - Ag, Food & Nutri Sci Dept
Email
vera.mazurak@ualberta.ca

Overview

About

Degree 

PhD, Nutrition and Metabolism, University of Alberta 

Job/Research Area 

Nutrition and Metabolism 


Research

Major Responsibilities/Research Interests 

Areas of interest include lipid metabolism in disease with particular emphasis on the essential fatty acids. Current studies include defining nutritional requirements for people who have cancer and determining ways to prevent or overcome malnutrition during chemotherapy and advanced disease. Additionally, I am investigating how specific nutrients alter gene expression and proteins that relate to the ability of cancer to progress to a more invasive phenotype. Teaching responsibilities relate to nutritional biochemistry and controversial topics in Nutrition. 

Courses

AFNS 524 - Nutrition and Metabolism Related to Cancer

A lecture and reading course to address nutritional issues specifically related to cancer prevention, diagnosis, treatment and recovery. Not to be taken if credit received for NU FS 424, ONCOL 424, or ONCOL 524. Prerequisite: consent of instructor. (Offered jointly by the Department of Agricultural, Food and Nutritional Science and the Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry).

Fall Term 2020
NU FS 356 - Nutrition Across the Lifespan

A lecture course that examines the understanding of how nutrients act on a cellular, tissue and whole organism level to influence human growth, development and aging. Prerequisite: *3 of NUTR 301, 303 or NU FS 305.

Winter Term 2021
NU FS 424 - Nutrition and Metabolism Related to Cancer

A lecture and reading course to address nutritional issues specifically related to cancer prevention, diagnosis, treatment and recovery. Not to be taken if credit received for ONCOL 424. Prerequisites: (NUTR 301 and 302) or (NU FS 305 and NU FS 356) and (PHYSL 210 and BIOCH 200) or *6 BIOCH.

Fall Term 2020
ONCOL 424 - Nutrition and Metabolism Related to Cancer

A lecture and reading course to address nutritional issues specifically related to cancer prevention, diagnosis, treatment and recovery. Graduate students may not register for credit (see ONCOL 524). Credit will only be given for one of ONCOL 524, 424 and AFNS 524, 424. Prerequisite: (NUTR 301 and 302) or (NU FS 352 and 6* Biochemistry) or ONCOL 320.

Fall Term 2020
ONCOL 524 - Nutrition and Metabolism Related to Cancer

A lecture and reading course to address nutritional issues specifically related to cancer prevention, diagnosis, treatment and recovery. Lectures are the same as for ONCOL 424, but with additional assignments and evaluation appropriate to graduate studies. Credit will only be given for one of ONCOL 524, 424 and AFNS 524, 424. Prerequisite: (NUTR 301 and 302) or (NUFS 352 and 6* Biochemistry) or ONCOL 320.

Fall Term 2020

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Publications

Influence of eicosapentaenoic acid supplementation on lean body mass in cancer cachexia
Author(s): Murphy RA, Yeung E, Mazurak VC and Mourtzakis M
Publication Date: 2011
Publication: British Journal of Cancer

Nutritional intervention with fish oil provides a benefit over standard of care on weight, and skeletal muscle mass in non-small cell lung cancer patients receiving chemotherap
Author(s): Murphy RA, Mourtzakis M, Reiman T and Chu Q, Mazurak VC
Publication Date: 2011
Publication: Cancer
Volume: 11
Page Numbers: 1775-1782

Nutritional Interventions for Cancer Induced Cachexia
Author(s): Gullett NP, Mazurak VC, Hebbar G, Johnstone PS and Ziegler TR
Publication Date: 2011
Publication: Current Problems in Cancer
Volume: 35
Page Numbers: 51-90

Loss of Adipose tissue and Plasma PL: Relationship to survival in advanced cancer patients
Author(s): Murphy RA, Perrine M, Pawlowicz M, Mourtzakis M, Lieffers JR, Prado, CM, Bruera E, Clandinin MT, Baracos VE, Mazurak VC
Publication Date: 2010
Publication: Clinical Nutrition
Volume: 29
Page Numbers: 482-487

Skeletal muscle depletion is associated with reduced plasma n-3 fatty acids in non-small cell lung cancer patients
Author(s): Murphy RA, Mourtzakis M, Chu QS, Reiman T, Mazurak VC
Publication Date: 2010
Publication: Journal of Nutrition
Volume: 140
Page Numbers: 1602-1606

Fasting triacylglycerol status, but not polyunsaturated/saturated fatty acid ratio, influences the postprandial response to a series of oral fat tolerance tests
Author(s): Dekker MJ, Wright AJ, Mazurak VC, Marangoni AG, Rush JW, Graham TE, Robinson LE
Publication Date: 2009
Publication: Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry
Volume: 20
Page Numbers: 694-704

Reduced growth and integrin expression of prostate cells cultured with lycopene, vitamin E and fish oil in vitro
Author(s): Bureyko T, Hurdle H, Metcalfe JB, Clandinin MT, Mazurak VC
Publication Date: 2009
Publication: British Journal of Nutrition
Volume: 101
Page Numbers: 990-997

Food products as vehicles for n-3 polyunsaturated fatty acid supplementation
Author(s): Martin L, Zarn D, Hansen AM, Wismer W, Mazurak VC
Publication Date: 2008
Publication: Canadian Journal of Dietetic Practice and Research
Volume: 69
Page Numbers: 203-207

Long chain polyunsaturated fat supplementation in children with low docosahexaenoic acid intakes alters immune phenotypes compared with placebo
Author(s): Mazurak VC, Lien V, Field CJ, Goruk SD, Pramuk K, Clandinin MT
Publication Date: 2008
Publication: Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition
Volume: 46
Page Numbers: 570-579

Inflammation, obesity, and fatty acid metabolism: influence of n-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids on factors contributing to metabolic syndrome
Author(s): Robinson LE, Bucholz AC, Mazurak VC
Publication Date: 2007
Publication: Applied Physiology, Nutrition and Metabolism
Volume: 32
Page Numbers: 1008-1024

A 14-day diet rich in n-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids increases thermic effect of food in men with metabolic syndrome: A pilot study
Author(s): Matheson KM, Cutting JE, Mazurak VC, Robinson LE, Buchholz AC
Publication: Journal of Dietetic Practice and Research

Supplementation with fish oil increases first-line chemotherapy efficacy in patients with advanced non-small cell lung cancer
Author(s): Murphy RA, Mourtzakis M, Reiman T, Chu Q, Baracos VE, Mazurak VC