Improving nutrition and health in hospitals, long term care and the community

The Nutrition and Aging Laboratory is home to a team of enthusiastic, dedicated, and innovative researchers. We enhance the health and quality of life of older adults in the community, in hospital, and in residential settings by studying how Mealtime experience, Meal quality, Meal access, and nutritional care can be improved.

Keller Lab group photo

Our lab’s research is focused on three key aspects:

  • Diet resilience through improving nutrition behaviours of older adults living in the community
  • Nutrition care processes of patients in hospital
  • Food intake and quality of life for older adults living in long-term care 

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Our work continues! 

 Nutrition and aging lab Zoom meetingThe Nutrition & Aging lab is doing our part to maintain social distancing and isolating at home during the Coronavirus pandemic. But this hasn't hampered our work or our spirits! Weekly Zoom meetings with the team help us to maintain our momemtum and share some social time.

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  1. Dec. 14, 2020Happy Holidays from the Nutrition & Aging Lab!
    Zoom photo of lab members

    After a tumultuous year of weekly Zoom meetings, virtual thesis defenses, and online coursework, we ended our final meeting of 2020 with a group holiday photo on Zoom! In the latter half of 2020, we also welcomed new students into the lab, including PhD students Hana and Safura (pictured). We wish you all a safe and restful holiday.

  2. May 13, 2020Rachael Donnelly wins third place in Canadian Nutrition Society's Infographic Competition
    Photo of Rachael

    Congratulations to Rachael Donnelly for receiving third place in the Canadian Nutrition Society (CNS) 2020 Infographic Competition!

    Rachael was one of sixteen finalists selected to present her infographic titled Tips for Staying Hydrated with Older Age to a panel of judges as part of the CNS virtual conference. 

    Below is Rachael's infographic. Well done!

  3. May 13, 2020CNS 2020 Virtual Posters

    Members of the Nutrition & Aging Lab (Rachael Donnelly, Cindy Wei, Vanessa Trinca) represented the Nutrition and Aging Lab at the Canadian Nutrition Society (CNS) 2020 Virtual Poster Expo, an online conference from May 7, 2020 to May 15, 2020. Summaries and posters are displayed below.

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Meet our people

Racheal Donnelly head shot

Rachael Donnelly

Research Associate

Rachael is working towards a Master’s degree in the Department of Kinesiology. For her research, Rachael will be investigating whether the use of blue dishware improves food intake in persons living with dementia as part of the “Blue Plates” study, led by Professor Heather Keller.