Dr. Rajavel Elango is an Associate Professor in the Department of Pediatrics, and School of Population and Public Health, at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada. He is also an Investigator at the Research Institute, BC Children's Hospital. Dr. Elango’s research program focuses on identification of dietary requirements for protein and amino acids, and protein quality of foods during key stages of growth and development, such as pregnancy, lactation and in childhood malnutrition using state-of-the-art stable isotope techniques. His research also focuses on disease/inborn errors of metabolism, and how non-invasive stable isotope based techniques can be used as diagnostic tools to measure effectiveness of new treatment and management modalities. Dr. Elango’s involvement with the Canadian Nutrition Society (CNS) dates back to when it used to be the Canadian Society for Nutritional Sciences (CSNS), as a graduate student. Since then he has attended several annual meetings, chaired sessions, presented research seminars, and encouraged his graduate students to attend and participate in CNS meetings. He has served on the CNS Awards Committee and the Education Committee for 5 years and currently Chairs the CNS Ethics Committee (2013-present). At BC Children’s Hospital, Dr. Elango serves on the Nutrition Committee of the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. He takes great pride in this, as it allows creation of feeding guidelines, and several clinical-nutrition practice guidelines to impact positive change to the tiniest of humans. Dr. Elango is currently a Deputy Editor (Reviews) for the British Journal of Nutrition, and a Section Editor for the Journal, Current Opinion in Clinical Nutrition and Metabolic Care. Globally, he was part of the United Nations - Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) Expert Working Group in 2014 and 2017 to advise on methods to assess protein quality of foods, and assessment of Follow-up Formula for Young Children and Ready to use Therapeutic Foods.

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