Dr. Kristi Adamo
Affiliate Investigator
Research Profile

Education, Credentials, Academic Appointments

  • MSc Faculty of Human Biology & Nutritional Sciences; University of Guelph
    • Visiting scholar- Copenhagen Muscle Research Centre & August Krogh Institute, Denmark (1997)
  • PhD Dept. of Cellular and Molecular Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, University of Ottawa
    • Visiting scholar – Joslin Diabetes Centre- Harvard Medical School (2005)
  • Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology – Certified Exercise Physiologist
  • Associate Professor, School of Human Kinetics, Faculty of Health Sciences
  • Associate Professor, Department of Pediatrics, Faculty of Medicine, University of Ottawa
  • Faculty appointment in Ph.D. Program in Population Health, University of Ottawa
  • Research Scientist, Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario Research Institute
  • Clinical Epidemiology Program at the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute


Dr. Adamo is a Research Scientist with a multi-disciplinary background and is a founding member of the HALO Research Group. She currently directs HALO’s metabolic research lab for which she led the planning and development through CFI /ORF funding. Kristi’s research program, Power of Prevention in the Early Years, focuses on early intervention and upstream prevention of childhood obesity (i.e., pregnancy obesity management). Dr. Adamo is a Canadian Institutes of Health Research New Investigator and the 2012 recipient of the CHEO Research Institute’s Award of Excellence for Outstanding Investigator. Kristi’s most successful experiments have resulted in the birth of her daughters Kysia in 2007 and Mallea in 2009.

Research, Clinical, Professional and Scholarly Focus and Service

Current research interests include: i) intergenerational cycle of obesity, ii) child obesity prevention, iii) lifestyle contributors to maternal-fetal health, iv) critical periods of growth and development, v) maternal-placental-fetal dialogue

  • Associate Editor, Applied Physiology, Nutrition & Metabolism (official journal of the Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology and the Canadian Nutrition Society)
  • Canadian Obesity Network’s 5A’s for Health Pregnancy Weight Gain leadership group
  • Member, Research Institute Joint Health and Safety Committee
  • Member, Research Institute Biosafety Committee
  • Member, Scientific Advisory Board; Start2Finish: Running and Reading Clubs
  • Member, Dietitians of Canada; EaTracker reference group
  • Lead writer, Best Start Resource Centre; Obesity in the Preconception and Prenatal Period
  • Member, Advisory Board; CHEO’s Centre for Healthy Active Living
  • Committee Member, SOGC Clinical Guideline on the Nutritional Needs of Women through the Lifespan
  • Lead, Obesity Prevention from Conception: pan Canadian trial team
  • Reviewer for many scholarly journals, conference abstracts, granting agencies (CIHR, MRC- South Africa, Canadian Diabetes Association, Canada Foundation of Innovation, Alberta Heritage Foundation, the Physicians’ Services Incorporated Foundation  etc.), and academic organizations

Graduate and Undergraduate Supervision and Training

  • Holly Ockenden (University of Ottawa) – M.Sc Supervisor(2013-2015)
  • Kendra Brett (University of Ottawa) – Ph.D. Supervisor (2011-2015)
  • Alysha Harvey (University of Ottawa) – M.Sc. Supervisor (2014- )
  • Chantal Dube (University of Ottawa) – M.Sc. Supervisor (2015- )
  • Angelica Blais (University of Ottawa) – M.HK Supervisor (2015-2017)
  • Heidi Dutton (University of Ottawa) – M.Sc. Supervisor (2015- )
  • Danilo Fernandes DaSilva (PhD – c) Universidade Estadual de Maringá. (2014 – )
  • Reem Issa, Pamela Leore & Patricia Burhunduli – Undergraduate Supervisor (2015)
  • Rebecca Chedid (University of Ottawa) – M.Sc. Committee (2015- )
  • Hans Christian Tingelstad (University of Ottawa) – Ph.D. Committee (2014- )
  • Lucien Nadeau (University of Ottawa) – M.Sc. Committee (2014- )
  • Novella Martinello (University of Ottawa) – Ph.d. Committee (2015- )


  • Canadian Obesity Network
  • Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology
  • The Obesity Society
  • Society of Obstetricians and Gynecologists of Canada
  • North American Society for Pediatric Exercise Medicine
  • Ontario Society for Health & Fitness
  • Treatment and Research of Obesity in Pediatrics in Canada
  • Reality Coalition Canada