The official launch of The Manitoba Personalized Lifestyle Research (TMPLR) program will take place Wednesday, March 23, at 11:00 am in the atrium at the Richardson Centre for Functional Foods and Nutraceuticals (RCFFN), 196 Innovation Drive, Winnipeg.
TMPLR is a large research study examining how diet, physical activity, sleep, genetics and gut microbiome interact to shape the health of Manitobans.
St. Boniface Hospital researchers involved in TMPLR include:
Dr. Todd Duhamel, Principal Investigator, Physical Activity and Chronic Disease Prevention, Institute of Cardiovascular Sciences; Project Lead, Physical Activity
Dr. Duhamel’s TMPLR study project will be focused on physical activity and how it associates with chronic condition risk. This information will inform the development of tailored physical activity interventional strategies that target specific parameters for individuals.
Dr. Amir Ravandi, Principal Investigator, Cardiovascular Lipidomics, Institute of Cardiovascular Sciences; Cardiovascular Disease, Lipidomics
Dr. Ravandi will measure plasma levels of oxidized phospholipid (OxPL) molecules (representing the non-enzymatic modification of lipids), and oxylipin molecules (representing the largely enzymatic oxidized lipids) in the TMPLR study samples. This will facilitate the identification of novel biomarkers of disease, as well as potential therapeutic targets.
Dr. Heather Blewett, Principal Investigator, Human Nutrition and Immunology, Canadian Centre for Agri-Food Research in Health and Medicine (CCARM); Project Lead, Nutrition
Dr. Blewett’s TMPLR study project will focus on immune function and how its dysregulation is related to lifestyle, genetics and gut microbiota. Dr. Blewett will specifically focus on how lifestyle, genetics, and gut microbiota influence the number or function of T-regulatory cells, which are responsible for controlling immune response.
Also, on the evening of the 23rd, TEMPLT presents “How Diet, Physical Activity & Sleep Shape Chronic Disease in Manitoba”, an interactive panel discussion. Panelists Dr. Meghan Azad (Junior Director of TMPLR program, Assistant Professor, Department of Paediatrics and Child Health, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Manitoba; Research Scientist, Children’s Hospital Research Institute of Manitoba), Dr. Todd Duhamel (TEMPLR Project Lead, Physical Activity, Principal Investigator, Physical Activity and Chronic Disease Prevention, Institute of Cardiovascular Sciences), and Dr. Diana McMillan (TMPLR Project Lead Sleep, Associate Professor, College of Nursing, University of Manitoba, Associate Professor of Clinical Practice, Health Sciences Centre) will talk about TMPLR and delve into their specific fields of interest, while also addressing questions raised by attendees.
And on March 24, “A Team, a Bus, and a Grant”… A lively interactive panel discussion & reception investigating how diet, physical activity and sleep shape chronic disease risk in Manitoba.