The University of Ottawa Faculty of Medicine’s newsletter MedPoint published an issue yesterday that ran a story titled, “Preventing childhood obesity: 70% nutrition and 30% exercise? Or is the answer education and accessibility?,” that featured HALO PhD candidate Silvia Gonzalez.

From the story:

When duty calls, you answer. For international student Silvia Gonzalez, receiving the Ontario Trillium Scholarship meant packing her bags and leaving her home of Bogotá, Colombia to complete her PhD at the School of Epidemiology and Public Health (SEPH) at the University of Ottawa.

Although relatively new to her life in Ottawa, what remains constant is Gonzalez’s dedication to research in child obesity. Having obtained a Bachelor’s degree in nutrition from the Universidad Nacional de Colombia and Master’s in public health at the Universidad de los Andes. She is now conducting her PhD research at the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO) as a member of the Healthy Active Living and Obesity Research Group (HALO). 

Her supervisor is HALO director and Faculty of Medicine professor Dr. Mark Tremblay. When Gonzalez first met him in 2015, she was looking to obtain a more international perspective of health for her doctorate.

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