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Dr. Wendy E. Ward

Professor and Canada Research Chair in Bone and Muscle Development, Brock University

Dr. Ward holds a Ph.D. in Medical Science from McMaster University, held a National Institute of Nutrition Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Department of Nutritional Sciences at the University of Toronto and was later an Assistant and Associate Professor in that department. During this time Wendy was an awardee of a Future Leader Award from the International Life Sciences Institute for her research on programming of bone metabolism by early diet. Wendyis currently a Professor and Canada Research Chair in Bone and Muscle Development at Brock University. Her research program, funded by CIHR, NSERC and CFI is focused on studying the mechanisms by which foods and food components regulate bone metabolism, with the long-term goal of developing dietary strategies that protect against fragility fracture and osteoporosis. Specific foods and food components of interest include vitamin D, tea and its flavonoids, soy and its isoflavones, flaxseed and its lignans, and omega-3 fatty acids. She has published many peer-reviewed articles and invited reviews in the area of nutrition and bone health, edited books and authored book chapters on nutrition and women's health issues, including osteoporosis, micronutrients, herbal preparations and nutritional supplements. Wendy is an Associate Editor for the journal Applied Physiology, Nutrition and Metabolism, a member of the editorial board for the Journal of Nutrition and is Chair of the Research Committee of the Scientific Advisory Council of Osteoporosis Canada. Wendy is actively involved in continuing education for health professionals on a variety of topics relating to nutrition and health-related topics.