• Lamers, Yvonne

    Investigator, BC Children's Hospital
    Assistant Professor, Food Nutrition & Health Program, Faculty of Land and Food Systems, University of British Columbia
    Canada Research Chair in Human Nutrition and Vitamin Metabolism
    Degrees / Designations
    Master's Equivalent, PhD
    Primary Area of Research
    Healthy Starts
    Secondary Area(s) of Research
    Nutritional biomarker analysis
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    University of British Columbia
    Faculty of Land and Food Systems

    FNH 245, 2205 East Mall
    Vancouver, BC, V6T 1Z4

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    • B-vitamin metabolism and requirements
    • Periconceptional folic acid supplementation
    • Metabolic effects of vitamin inadequacies
    • Nutrient-nutrient interactions
    • Risk markers for neural tube defects

    My research interests relate to underlying mechanisms of nutrition and chronic disease risk. I am eager to contribute to targeted and population-based prevention strategies of chronic diseases. My research specifically focuses on B-vitamins and their functions in human metabolism. B-vitamins are essential nutrients for normal cell growth and the nervous system and thus have an impact on human health from the embryo to the older adult. Low folate and/or vitamin B-12 status may yield pregnancy complications, low birth weight, cancer, and cognitive impairment.

    The overarching theme of my research is nutrient adequacy. My research projects aim to investigate metabolic and functional effects of nutritional inadequacies and micronutrient interactions in various population groups. The studies will help elaborate potential underlying mechanisms responsible for linkages between B-vitamin intake and chronic diseases and in the evaluation of optimal vitamin intake to maintain biochemical functions. I am specifically interested in investigating the metabolic effects of folic acid and less than optimal vitamin B-12 intake.

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