Irene Strychar, PhD
Professor of Nutrition
Irene Strychar completed a Bachelor of Science degree in nutrition
at the Université de Montréal, a Master degree in education, counselling, at the
University of Ottawa, a Doctoral degree in adult education at the University of
British Columbia, and post doctoral studies in nutrition education at the Penn State
Nutrition Centre, Pennsylvania State University and in preventive medicine at the
Department of social and preventive medicine at the Université de Montréal. Prior to
becoming a faculty member at the Université de Montréal in 1988, she worked in
community nutrition in Ontario and British Columbia. Currently, Dr Strychar is
responsible for the Behaviour Research Unit at the Montreal Diabetes Research Center
affiliated with the CHUM. She is also a member of TRANSNUT, a World Health
Organization Collaborating Centre on Nutrition Changes and Development, at the
Department of Nutrition, Université de Montréal. Dr Strychar is a former FRSQ Research
Scholar and has served on numerous grant review committees, including the CIHR and
the FRSQ. Dr Strychar represents the Canadian Public Health Association at Health
Canada's Network on Health Eating. She is also a surveyor for Dietitians of Canada's
Accreditation Program of University Nutrition Departments.
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Selected Scientific Contributions
Dr Strychar found that the majority of physicians screen their
patients for diabetes in the office-based setting, and approximately 50% provide
lifestyle advice to patients with pre-diabetes; almost all patients who receive advice,
do not remember receiving it. 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. Beneficial effects
on postprandial triglyceride levels were also found.
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Click here to consult the Dietary Behaviours, Nutrition Programs
and Counselling: A Guide for Nutrition Educators by Dr Irene Strychar.
Current projects in the laboratory fall into four areas.
Adolescents' perceptions of diabetes. We are
examining the perceptions of diabetes among school-age adolescents without diabetes.
Lifestyle behaviours and depression in diabetes.
In a longitudinal telephone population-based study (Douglas Mental Health University
Institute Research, Schmitz N. et al) we are examining the relationship between
lifestyle behaviours, diabetes care practices, perceptions of diabetes control, body
mass index, and symptoms of depression among 2000 Quebecers with diabetes.
Psychosocial factors associated with obesity.
As part of the Montreal Ottawa New Emerging Team initiative, we are studying the
psychosocial factors associated with weight loss, weight loss maintenance, weight
cycling, and dropout in weight loss interventions.
Obesity and malnutrition in West Africa. As a
member of TRANSNUT, a World Health Organization Collaborating Centre on Nutrition
Changes and Development (Delisle H. et al), we are planning the development
of an academic nutrition program in West Africa to better equip health professionals
address the problem of obesity and malnutrition coexisting in same households.
Obesity prevention programs among adolescents are another focus of this initiative.