Sheila Innis, PhD
Professor, Division of Neonatology, Department of Pediatrics, University of British Columbia; Director, Nutrition & Metabolism Research Program, CFRI
Dr. Sheila Innis is a Professor in the Division of Neonatology with the Department of Pediatrics at the University of British Columbia and a Director of Nutrition & Metabolism Research Program at Child & Family Research Institute (CFRI). She also holds a scientific and professional staff appointment at the Children's and Women's Hospitals in Vancouver.
Sheila has a longstanding research and academic career in nutrition, growth and development. She is a world renowned expert on essential fatty acids, with pioneering studies on n-3 fatty acids and brain development, and clinical studies relating maternal diet to placental and breast milk fat transfer, and the impact of diet in child development and health. Her research has been widely translated to improve nutrition guidelines and product reformulations to support optimal brain development in infants, to research into nutritional interventions to prevent liver damage in children with cystic fibrosis, to work on nutritional deficiencies among certain population groups.
Sheila is well published with over 170 peer-reviewed publications and is a recipient of many awards including the Earle Willard McHenry Award from the Canadian Society for Nutritional Sciences in 2002 for her contributions and service to the study of nutrition. She has served on numerous committees and expert panels, including the Institute of Medicine Dietary Reference Panel on macronutrients, Health Canada Task Force on Trans Fatty Acids, and Office of Health Promotion Nutrient Guidelines for Healthy Pregnancy. She has also provided expert advice to the US Environmental Protection Agency panels on the risks of methyl mercury from seafoods as a developmental neurotoxin, and Life Sciences Research Office on minimum and maximum nutrient levels for infant formulas, and Health Canada on scientific standards for nutrient health claims, and Provincial task forces on healthy body weight, and prevention and screening of iron deficiency.
Sheila completed her PhD in nutritional sciences at the University of Toronto in 1981 and joined the University of British Columbia in 1983 as a post-doctoral fellow in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology.