Laura Forbes

Laura Forbes
Assistant Professor, AHN
Department of Family Relations & Applied Nutrition
Email: 
forbesl@uoguelph.ca
Phone number: 
519-824-4120 x52544
Office: 
Macdonald Institute 227B

Research interests: Nutrition, pregnancy, adolescence, carbohydrates, sugar, obesity

Area: Applied Human Nutrition

Description of research: My research focuses on dietary intake during key developmental periods (adolescence, pregnancy) with the goal of preventing chronic disease, specifically, diabetes and obesity.

Accepting graduate students:

Fall 2023: Yes

Dr. Forbes completed a Bachelor of Science in Nutrition with Honours at Acadia University (2004), a PhD in Nutrition and Metabolism at the University of Alberta (2009), a Dietetic Internship with Alberta Health Services (2010) and a Postdoctoral fellowship (2011-2012) at the University of Alberta.

Dr. Forbes' research program has combined clinical and community nutrition research methods to focus on dietary intake during key developmental periods (adolescence, pregnancy) with the goal of preventing chronic disease, specifically, diabetes and obesity. During her Ph.D. program, she investigated dietary and physical activity risk factors for type 2 diabetes in healthy and obese Alberta youth and in those with type 2 diabetes. In one study, she was the first to show a link between high glycemic index diets of adolescents and lower insulin sensitivity. Dr. Forbes is continuing to examine links between carbohydrate intake and health effects in her current work on the APrON Study. The APrON Study is a pregnancy cohort study in Alberta and Dr. Forbes's projects have focused on the effects of dietary sugar intake during pregnancy on the health of mothers and infants; particularly weight gain, birth weight, gestational diabetes and pre-eclampsia. Dr. Forbes also has an interest in dietetic practice based research and has worked on a variety of projects in collaboration with registered dietitians.

PhD (Nutrition and Metabolism) - University of Alberta, 2009