The Applied Physiology, Nutrition, and Metabolism Award for Nutrition Translation

The Canadian Nutrition Society recognizes the importance of activities that facilitate the translation of nutritional knowledge. On an annual basis, a call for review papers is announced on a theme established by the Canadian Nutrition Society, in conjunction with the editorial board of the journal of Applied Physiology, Nutrition and Metabolism (APNM), to recognize excellence in the translation of nutritional knowledge.  The selected author(s) will prepare an invited review that includes a knowledge translation component. The manuscript will be subject to the journal’s peer-review proces and, once accepted, will be published in the journal as an OPEN ACCESS manuscript.  Upon notification of acceptance of the manuscript, the author will receive an honorarium of $1000.  Official recognition of the award will be made at the 2025 CNS Annual Conference being held in Montréal, as well as the CNS website and newsletter. 

The award is supported by Canadian Science Publishing, the publishers of APNM – the official journal of CNS.

Theme for 2023: Nutrition and Women’s Health

(with recognition of the award at 2024 CNS Annual Conference)

Winning proposal selected:

"Disordered Eating Behaviours During the Menopausal Transition: A Systematic Review"
Coralie Vincent, Interdisciplinary School of Health Sciences, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Ottawa (ON), Canada; School of Nutrition Sciences, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Ottawa (ON), Canada; and  Institut du Savoir Montfort, Ottawa (ON), Canada 

Theme for 2024: Sweeteners & health (including, nutritive, low-calorie, non-nutritive) 

Proposal Submission:

The submission of proposals is open to all scientists, but preference will be given to members and supporters of CNS. It is ideal if both nutrition and physical activity are addressed and would be considered a strength, however the inclusion of physical activity is not essential. If needed, the lead applicant may choose to partner with a co-author with expertise in both the fields of Nutrition and Physical Activity. A team with an early and/or mid-career investigator is encouraged. Trainees are welcomed to submit a proposal with support of their supervisor or mentor

Applicants should provide a document (maximum 4 pages, single-spaced, excluding any references) that includes the following information:

  1. Topic area and proposed title along with the full name and address (including email address) of each applicant.
  2. Statement of relevance to the established theme (Sweeteners & health -including, nutritive, low-calorie, non-nutritivePlease note that submissions are anticipated to focus on a specific area within this deliberately broad theme.
  3. Outline of review paper, including major headings and sub-headings (maximum of 2 pages, single-spaced).
  4. Statement of novelty, anticipated impact, and timeliness of the review.
  5. Explain how translation of nutritional knowledge is anticipated to result from the article. For example, identify how a knowledge translation component will be incorporated into the actual paper.
  6. Evidence of the author’s expertise in the proposed topic area.

Selection Process:

Selection of the successful proposal will be based on the six criteria established above. The proposal with the highest score will be selected for development towards a review paper for publication in APNM, following the journal’s established peer-review process.

Announcement of the Award:

The official announcement of the award and recognition of the author will be made at the CNS Awards Banquet being held in conjunction with the 2025 CNS Annual Conference.  The recipient will receive an honorarium of $1000 and a certificate from Canadian Science Publishing.  CNS is not responsible for covering costs associated with attendance at the Awards Banquet.

Proposals to be submitted via email:

Past Award Winners

2022 -
Regulation of immune function in healthy adults: one-stop guide on the role of dietary fatty acids, gut microbiota-derived short chain fatty acids, and select micronutrients in combination with physical activity
Dhruvesh Patel, Jenna Evanchuk, Ren Wang, Carolyn L. Dunbar , Jaqueline Munhoz, and Catherine J. Field, Department of Agricultural, Food and Nutritional Sciences (AFNS), Un iversity of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada

2021 - 

Association between adherence to plant-based dietary patterns and obesity risk: a systematic review of prospective cohort studies
Sarah E. Jarvis, Michelle Nguyen, and Vasanti S. Malik - Department of Nutritional Sciences, University of Toronto

2020 - 

Exercise-nutrient interactions for improved postprandial glycemic control and insulin sensitivity
Dr. Jenna Gillen, Stephanie Estafanos, Alexa Govette - Department of Kinesiology & Physical Education, University of Toronto

2019 - 
Healthy Brain, Healthy Life: a review of diet and exercise interventions to promote brain health and reduce Alzheimer’s disease risk
Bradley J. Baranowski PhD(c), Danny Marko PhD(c), Rebecca E.K. MacPherson, PhD

Nutrition interventions for mental health: A scoping review
Stephana Cherak, PhD(c), Tanis R. Fenton, PhD, Kristen M. Fiest, PhD, Carlota Basualdo-Hammond, Diane Lorenzetti, PhD, Sue Buhler, Lorna Driedger, Lori Hands, Leah Gramlich, MD, FRCPC

Treatment-related weight gain and metabolic complications in children with mental health disorders: potential role for lifestyle interventions
Alejandra M Wiedeman, PhD, Constadina Panagiotopoulos, MD, FRCPC, Angela M. Devlin, PhD

2018 - No longer beeting around the bush: a review of potential sex differences with dietary nitrate supplementation
Kate A. Wickham, Lawrence L. Spriet

2017 - Are Canadian protein and physical activity guidelines optimal for sarcopenia prevention in older adults? 
Oliviera CLP, Dionne IJ, Prado CM  
Appl Physiol Nutr Metab. 2018 Jul 10:1-9. doi: 10.1139/apnm-2018-0141


2016 - Malnutrition or frailty? Overlap and evidence gaps in the diagnosis and treatment of frailty and malnutrition.
Laur CV, McNicholl T, Valaitis R, Keller HH 
Appl Physiol Nutr Metab. 2017 May;42(5):449-458. doi: 10.1139/apnm-2016-0652. Epub 2017 Mar 21


2015 - Evidence for the essentiality of arachidonic and docosahexaenoic acid in the postnatal maternal and infant diet for the development of the infant's immune system early in life.
Richard C, Lewis ED, Field CJ.
Appl Physiol Nutr Metab. 2016 May;41(5):461-75. doi: 10.1139/apnm-2015-0660 

2014 - Nutrients, satiety, and control of energy intake.
Tremblay A, Bellisle F.
Appl Physiol Nutr Metab. 2015 Oct;40(10):971-9. doi: 10.1139/apnm-2014-0549


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