LEONARD A. PICHÉ, PhD RD is a nutritional scientist and a Registered Dietitian. He is a Full Professor in the Division of Foods & Nutritional Sciences, Brescia University College, responsible for developing/instructing basic and advanced undergraduate/graduate nutrition courses. He is also an Adjunct Professor in the school of Kinesiology, Western University. He is a member of seven professional organizations.
He has been a contributor to two recent editions of Mosby’s Medical dictionary, a consultant for a Canadian edition of a high school Food & Nutrition text, and a co-author of two Canadianized university-level nutrition texts. He has co-authored peer reviewed articles on experiments in humans looking at the relationship between diet and heart disease risk (for example, orange juice and good cholesterol and the effects of a high protein diet on risk factors for cardiovascular disease). He has provided feedback to Health Canada on more than 50 occasions regarding food & nutrition related issues (especially, Nutrition Labeling and the Food Guide). He was an advisor on three Dietitians of Canada’s Online courses for health professionals (i.e., Sport Supplements; Vitamins and Minerals; Herbal Supplements). He has supervised the nutrient analysis of nine recipe books targeted at different segments of the general public.
He has recently been involved, as a team member, in studies looking at children’s beverage consumption and other factors that contribute to children’s Screen-Related Sedentary Behaviors (one of the studies involved a national survey of the views and practices of Family Physicians and Paediatricians) the results of which have been published in peer-reviewed journals. He was also a member (2006 – 2010) of the Expert Advisory Committee for our Natural Health Product Directorate (Natural Health Products include Vitamins & Minerals, Herbal products, certain Energy drinks …). His current areas of interest include: Local Food Maps; the nutrient content of restaurant foods, meals served to residents in Long-Term Care, and foods grown/produced in Canada; the bio-active components of Functional Foods; and Sport Supplement use by university students.