Jessica Omand

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Assistant Professor Faculty of Community Services School of Nutrition Toronto, Ontario jomand@ryerson.ca

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Jessica Omand is a limited term faculty with the School of Nutrition, paediatric researcher, and member of the College of Dietitians of Ontario. Omand holds an MSc and PhD from the Department of Nutritional Sciences at the University of Toronto and completed three years of a postdoctoral fellowsh...

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Jessica Omand is a limited term faculty with the School of Nutrition, paediatric researcher, and member of the College of Dietitians of Ontario. Omand holds an MSc and PhD from the Department of Nutritional Sciences at the University of Toronto and completed three years of a postdoctoral fellowship in the Department of Child Health Evaluative Sciences at the Hospital for Sick Children. Her research is focused on primary prevention of childhood diseases in Canada through nutritional interventions focussed on early life. During her PhD, Omand led the inaugural linkage of the TARGet Kids! database, the largest primary care practice based research network for children in Canada, with health administrative data at the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences. Using these linked datasets, she examined whether vitamin D was associated with health service utilization for respiratory diseases. Omand is currently involved in many collaborative projects focused on nutrition in early life, both dietary intake and eating behaviours, and various school outcomes (children’s readiness to start school, parent-reported performance in school, and academic achievement). During her training she has received funding support from CIHR (MSc and doctoral awards) as well as local and national Clinician Scientist Training funding.

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