LFS Scholar Series

The LFS Scholar Series invites experts in their fields to present the broad impacts of their research here at UBC.

Speaker: Dr. Amanda MacFarlane, Head of the Micronutrient Research Section in the Nutrition Research Division, Health Canada

Topic: Lessons learned from Canada: Optimizing folic acid intake among women of childbearing age in an era of fortification

Dr. Amanda MacFarlane is a Research Scientist in the Nutrition Research Division at Health Canada, where she examines the effect of folate intake on genotoxicity in somatic cells, including the impact of maternal and paternal folate intake on germline and offspring genomic and epigenomic stability. She also uses national health survey and cohort data to identify the socioeconomic, dietary and genetic determinants of folate and B vitamin status of Canadians.

Wednesday, March 11, 2020
11:30-noon (light lunch & networking)
Noon-1:00 pm (presentation)
Michael Smith Labs, Lecture Theatre, Room 102
2185 East Mall

Register by March 8: Click here

Past talks:

Speaker: Dr. Evan Fraser, Director, Arrell Food Institute at the University of Guelph
and Professor, Department of Geography, Environment and Geomatics

Topic: Trusted, Safe and Sustainable: Canada and the Next Agricultural Revolution
Dr. Evan Fraser presents an optimistic-yet-critical vision for how Canada can be a global leader in the production of safe, trusted and sustainable food for the 21st century. He explores both challenges and opportunities associated with developing sustainable, equitable and nutritious ways of feeding the future. He will focus on technological innovations as well as the limits of technology-driven approaches.

Listen to an audio recording of Dr. Fraser's presentation here.

Speaker: Dr. Michele Morgante, Professor of Genetics, University of Udine/Institute of Applied Genomics (Italy)

Topic: Genomics in agriculture: Between sustainability and societal acceptance
Dr. Michele Morgante will address genomics in plant and food production. Dr. Morgante has been President of the Italian Society of Agricultural Genetics (SIGA) and is a member of the Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei and Academia Europaea. His research group has been instrumental in establishing a number of genetic technology platforms that are now being widely deployed in plant genomic research. He has received the 2005 Medal for Physical and Natural Sciences of the Accademia Nazionale delle Scienze.