Dr. Hélène Payette
Dr Payette is Professor in the Department of Community Health Sciences, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences at University of Sherbrooke. She was Director of the Research Centre on Aging of the Sherbrooke Geriatric University Institute from 2001 to 2006. She specializes in nutrition, epidemiology and aging.
Her research interests include healthy eating and its determinants, body composition and functional capacities in the aging individual as well as screening for nutritional risks and evaluation of nutritional interventions in the community-dwelling frail elderly using randomized controlled designs.
From 1994 to 2003, she held investigator awards from national (NHRDP) and provincial (FRSQ) agencies. She was recently awarded the Centrum Foundation New Scientist Award by the Canadian Society for Nutritional Sciences (2004). She is co-investigator for Lifestyle theme in the Canadian Longitudinal Study on Aging (CLSA), a national strategic initiative of the Institute of Aging of the Canadian Institutes for Health Research (CIHR). Dr Payette is currently principal investigator for the “Québec Longitudinal Study on Nutrition as a Determinant of Successful Aging (NuAge)” funded by CIHR for 5 years where longstanding and current dietary habits as well as age-related alterations in energy metabolism and body composition are examined in relation to changes in numerous markers of physical and cognitive status, functional autonomy and social functioning.