Dr. Mavra Ahmed is the Data Challenge Winner!

October 12, 2021


Congratulations Dr. Mavra Ahmed from all of us at the L’Abbe Lab for winning the Data Challenge at the Artificial Intelligence for Public Health Summer Institute!


This past summer, senior doctoral students, postdoctoral fellows, and early career researchers met virtually to expand their skills and knowledge related to the application of AI innovations in public health research and practice while exploring the potential impact of AI technologies on health inequities.


The L’Abbe Lab is so proud of Dr. Ahmed on this achievement!

ASN Foundation Announces Class of 2021 Fellows

May 6, 2021


Congratulations Dr. Mary L’Abbe for becoming a Fellow of the American Society of Nutrition!


Today the ASN announced the 15 individuals who will be inducted into its Class of 2021 Fellows. To be inducted as a Fellow of the Society is the highest honor ASN bestows, recognizing individuals for significant discoveries and distinguished careers in the field of nutrition. A huge congrats to all of the Fellows and to Dr. L’Abbe for this amazing accomplishment!

Congratulations U.N. World Food Program!

October 9, 2020


The  U.N. World Food Program (WFP) has won the Nobel Peace Prize for its efforts to combat hunger, for its contribution to bettering conditions for peace in conflict-affected areas and for acting as a driving force in efforts to prevent the use of hunger as a weapon of war and conflict.


We, at the Labbe lab, recognize the importance of addressing nutrition issues nationally and internationally and offer our most heartfelt congratulations on this incredible achievement. Thank you for making the world a better place!


CNS-SCN Fellow Distinction Award

Monday, May 11, 2020


The L’Abbe Lab is extremely proud to congratulate Dr. Mary L’Abbe for being named one of the first 10 inaugural CNS-SCN fellows! This is an honour that is bestowed upon a CNS member by their peers to recognize outstanding contributions to nutrition science and/or practice within Canada and globally.


Congratulations Mary on this great recognition! Read about each fellow here.

Dr. L’Abbe and PhD student Laura Vergeer discuss child nutrition

November 19, 2019


“Professor Mary L’Abbé spoke about the importance of healthy food environments, which enable families to make better choices about what they eat. “We’ve seen a real shift over the last 15 years, with less onus on consumers to make healthier choices easier for them,” said L’Abbe, a scientist at the Lawson Centre and a Professor of Nutritional Sciences at U of T. ”


Click here to access the full article.



Mary L'Abbe by Paul Terefenko

Order of Canada Investiture Ceremony

September 5, 2019


Her Excellency presented the Member insignia of the Order of Canada to Dr. Mary L’Abbé.
Her Excellency the Right Honourable Julie Payette, Governor General of Canada, invested 1 Companion, 5 Officers and 31 Members into the Order of Canada during a ceremony at Rideau Hall, on September 5, 2019.


Once again, a big congratulations to Dr. L’Abbe on this well-deserved recognition!

Dr. Mary R. L’Abbé Appointed to Order of Canada

January 7, 2019


Dr. Mary L ‘Abbe has been named a Member of the Order of Canada, one of the country’s highest honours. Gov. Gen. Julie Payette announced 103 new appointments in late December. Mary received the prestigious honour for her contributions to the health of Canadians as a champion of nutrition. The L’Abbe Lab is very proud and congratulate Mary on this well-deserved recognition!


Read more about this in the following articles published by the University of Toronto and Carleton University:

Alumnus Mary L’Abbé Appointed to Order of Canada

U of T faculty, alumni and supporters named to Order of Canada

L’Abbe Lab Alumni Receives National Award

July 15, 2017


Dr. L’Abbe nominated Dr. JoAnne Arcand, previous PDF in the L’Abbe Lab, for the prestigious CIHR-CNS New Investigator Award. Photo of Drs. LAbbe and Arcand at the award ceremony.  Dr. Arcand is now an Assistant Professor at UOIT.

New Study: Not All Probiotic Yogurts Are Created Equal

April 19, 2017


A recent study from the L’Abbe Lab revealed that not all probiotic yogurts are created equal. We wanted to know what health benefits consumers can get from the probiotic food products in the market. Click on the link to see what we found:

Probiotic Product Summary Chart



Experimental Biology 2016

Come see what our lab has been up to this year at the EB conference in San Diego!

Saturday April 2nd, 2016

ASN Emerging Leaders in Nutrition Science Poster Competition

Time: 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM

Location: San Diego Convention Center, Sails Pavilion

Marie-Eve Labonté – Are Foods of Higher Nutritional Quality More Expensive Than Their Less Healthy Counterparts? An Analysis of Canadian Packaged Foods (Program Number: 131.7).

Mahsa Jessri – Adherence to the 2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans (DGA) and Risk of Healthy and Unhealthy Obesity among Canadian Adults (Program Number: 131.3).

Sunday April 3rd, 2016

Oral Session: Nutrition Translation: Nutrition and Food Science for Public Policy, Practice and the Consumer

Location: San Diego Convention Center, Room 30C

Mahsa Jessri @ 8:30 AM (Program #131.3)

Marie-Eve Labonté @ 9:30 AM (Program #131.7)


Poster Session

Location: San Diego Convention Center, Exhibit Halls A-D

Time: 12:45 PM – 1:45 PM

Mary Scourboutakos – Does Installing “Healthy Eating Information” in a University Dining Hall Change Students’ Food and Beverage Choices? (Program Number: 674.22, Poster Board Number: D105)

Wednesday April 6th, 2016

Poster Session
Location: San Diego Convention Center, Sails Pavilion

Time: 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM

Mavra Ahmed – Dietary Intakes of Canadian Armed Forces Field Rations Compared to the Dietary Reference Intakes (Poster Board Number/Program Number: LB380)