The University of Ottawa’s online magazine Tabaret recently ran a story titled, “Dietary detective,” which looks at former HALOite Dr. Cynthia Colapinto’s award-winning Ph.D. work on the blood-folate status of Canadians.

From the story:

In 2007, Cynthia Colapinto was working as a public health nutritionist in Sudbury when new guidelines were published suggesting that vulnerable women of child-bearing age take supplements containing more folic acid. She refused to take the recommendations released by the Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada and Motherisk at face value.

“I realized that there was a lack of data – there was no national-level data on the blood-folate status of Canadians,” explains Colapinto.

It was the beginning of a journey that would lead to her winning two prestigious awards last year – the Governor General’s Gold Medal in Medicine Health Sciences and Interdisciplinary Studies and the 2014 Joseph de Koninck Prize, granted to the best doctoral thesis in an inter-disciplinary collaborative program at the University of Ottawa.

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