Sylvia Santosa, PhD, RD (CDO)
Associate Professor of Exercise Science
Canada Research Chair in Clinical Nutrition
Dr Santosa holds a Canada Research Chair, Tier II – Clinical Nutrition. She has been at the
Department of Exercise Science since January of 2011. Prior to coming to Montreal, Dr Santosa completed a 3.5
year research fellowship at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN. She earned her PhD in Nutritional Sciences from
McGill University and completed her dietetic internship at the McGill University Health Centers. Dr Santosa is
a registered dietitian through her membership in the College of Dietitians of Ontario. Her research is presently
funded by NSERC and HSF.
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Weight is a concern of millions of Canadians both on an individual and societal level. Despite
existing public policy and individual weight interventions, we are still "growing" as a population with
more Canadians overweight than not.
The metabolic and cellular mechanisms of why some overweight individuals develop diseases while
others do not are not fully understood. Furthermore, in people with diseases, such as cardiovascular disease and
diabetes, we do not fully understand how obesity affects the progression or treatment. Obesity treatment itself
remains ineffective as most people who lose weight eventually gain it back.
The goal of Dr Santosa's research program is to identify the long-term effects of obesity, from
the cell to the entire body. Her research applies techniques in biology, physiology and nutrition to study the
effects of obesity that contribute to weight gain and disease. Current projects examine regional fat tissue
characteristics, specifically what affects these characteristics and how these characteristics are implicated in
Results will promote the development of better public health interventions from disease
prevention to management.