Epidemiologist and Research Scientist, Alberta Health Services - CancerControl
Dr. Ilona Csizmadi is an epidemiologist and Research Scientist in the Department of Cancer Epidemiology and Prevention Research in the Division of Preventive Oncology at Alberta Health Services - CancerControl. She received her Bachelor of Applied Arts and Master of Sciences training in human nutrition at Ryerson University and the University of Montreal, respectively. After working as a clinical dietitian in the areas of critical care and cardiovascular disease risk reduction she completed a PhD in Epidemiology and Biostatistics at McGill University, followed by postdoctoral training in the Department where she is currently employed (formerly known as the Alberta Cancer Board). Dr. Csizmadi has led initiatives that have resulted in the adaptation of the National Cancer Institute's food frequency questionnaires, the Diet History Questionnaire I and II, for use in Canada (C-DHQ I and C-DHQ II). The questionnaires are currently used in studies across Canada and Dr. Csizmadi has ongoing collaborations with investigators to augment the C-DHQ II nutrient database to meet the needs of researchers. Dr. Csizmadi's overall research program focuses on the use of self-reported measures of dietary intake, sedentary behaviour and physical activity in conjunction with objective measures of these lifestyle behaviours in the study of energy balance and biomarkers of chronic disease risk.