Alison M. Duncan, PhD, RD

Alison M. Duncan, PhD, RD is a Professor and Associate Director of Research at the Human Nutraceutical Research Unit (HNRU), in the Department of Human Health and Nutritional Sciences (HHNS) at the University of Guelph. Following an undergraduate degree in Applied Human Nutrition from the University of Guelph, she completed training to become a Registered Dietitian in Toronto, a M.Sc. in Nutritional Sciences from the University of Toronto and a PhD in Nutritional Sciences from the University of Minnesota. Her teaching is in the area of functional food and nutraceuticals, both at the undergraduate and graduate level and she currently coordinates the M.Sc. coursework program in HHNS at the University of Guelph. Her research interests relate to the biological effects of functional foods and nutraceuticals on chronic disease-related endpoints evaluated in human intervention studies, with a particular focus on the agri-food-health continuum including the role of soy in human health. Another research interest involves the use of functional foods and natural health products (prevalence, associated attitudes and beliefs) in healthy and clinical populations. Alison has served on grant review panels in the United States and Canada, reviews manuscripts for several journals on a regular basis and currently serves on the editorial board for the Journal of Nutrition. In 2005, she received the Young Canadian Innovator Award in Agriculture, Food and Human Health.