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 Home / About Us > Dr. Irene Strychar

Scientific Highlights
In 2003, Dr. Strychar was the first to demonstrate the beneficial effects of a high monounsaturated fat diet on fasting plasma triglyceride levels among individuals with type 1 diabetes in good glycemic control. She is pursuing this research to examine the effect on postprandial triglyceride levels after 6 months of following a high monounsaturated fat diet.

Research Team
Dr. Strychar has trained nutritionists in her field of study (1 visiting professor, 1 Post-doc, 2 PhD, 13 MSc, and 4 summer students). Her lab currently includes a PhD student, a Research Dietitian-coordinator, and a part-time Endocrinology Research Nurse, at the CHUM, Notre-Dame Hospital.

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Publications

Dr. Irene Strychar

Dr. Irene Strychar completed a Bachelor of Science degree in nutrition at the Université de Montréal in 1972 (B.Sc.), a Master degree in education, counselling program, at the University of Ottawa in 1979 (M.Ed.), a Doctoral degree in adult education at the University of British Columbia in 1988 (Ed.D.). She pursued post doctoral studies in nutrition education at the Penn State Nutrition Centre, Penn State University (1988-1989) and in preventive medicine at the Department of Social and Preventive Medicine at the Université de Montréal (1989-1990). Prior to becoming a faculty member at the Université de Montréal in 1988, she worked in public health nutrition in Ontario and British Columbia.

Irene Strychar is currently a full professor at the Department of nutrition, Faculty of Medicine, at the Université de Montréal. She is a researcher at the Centre hospitalier de l’Université de Montréal Hospital (CHUM) at Notre-Dame Hospital, and is affiliated with the Service of Endocrinology at the CHUM. Dr. Strychar is also an associate researcher with the Interdisciplinary Heath Research Group (GRIS) at the Université de Montréal.

Her research interests include dietary behaviour change for the prevention of chronic diseases, such as diabetes, obesity, and cardiovascular disease. Her most recent research projects examine physician practices for diabetes screening, dietary interventions in type 1 diabetes as well as psychosocial factors in obesity.

She has served on numerous grant review committees, including the Institute of Gender an Health, Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR: 2002-present), the Fonds de la Recherche en Santé du Québec (FRSQ: 1994-1996, 2000-2002), and the Danone Institute of Canada Grants Program (1997-2002).

Dr. Strychar was awarded an FRSQ research fellowship, Chercheur-boursier Junior 1, from 1994-1996 and received the following recognitions from the Canadian Dietetic Association: Award for excellence in nutrition education (1990), Award for excellence in scientific writing (1991), and recipient of Dietitians of Canada Volunteer Recognition Program' (2004). She has also represented the Canadian Public Health Association on several nutrition-related dossiers (1998-present).

Currently, Irene Strychar is a member of TRANSNUT, a WHO Collaborating Centre on Nutrition Changes and Development, directed by Dr. Hélène Delisle, Department of Nutrition, Université de Montréal. As part of Dr. Strychar's activities in TRANSNUT, she prepared a manual on the 'Prevention of Obesity in Adolescents: A Practical Guide for Planning Programs in Developing Countries'. She also was a member of the organizing committee for an International Conference on 'Early Nutritional Influences on Obesity, Diabetes and Cardiovascular Disease Risk' held in Montreal, June 7-9, 2004.



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