CNS Member of the Month - July 2015

Recognizing outstanding CNS-SCN member trainees from coast to coast - meet Kyly Whitfield.

Kyly Whitfield, BSc, MSc, PhD Candidate 
University of British Columbia Student Representative

Kyly Whitfield is a PhD Candidate in Human Nutrition at the University of British Columbia. Kyly spends half her time in Cambodia, and is currently conducting a randomized controlled trial to test the efficacy of thiamin-fortified fish sauce to combat thiamin deficiency and infantile beriberi among rural Cambodian pregnant and non-pregnant women of childbearing age and their children. Beyond micronutrient deficiencies, Kyly’s other research interests include infant and young child feeding, food and nutrition security, gender mainstreaming in nutrition research and programming, and knowledge translation and transfer. 

Kyly is the graduate student representative on the Dean’s Core Team and the Faculty Advisory Committee for the Faculty of Land and Food Systems (LFS) at UBC, and the Director-at-Large of the LFS Graduate Student Council. She co-founded the LFS Graduate Student Conference, an annual one-day academic conference highlighting the research achievements of students in her faculty. Kyly was runner-up in the recent UBC-wide Three Minute Thesis (3MT) competition. In Cambodia, Kyly is an active member of the National Nutrition Working Group.

In the past year Kyly has proven to be one of the most active CNS-SCN University Student Representatives. CNS-SCN is proud to recognize Kyly as the June trainee student of the month because of her excellent work in furthering the CNS-SCN student initiative mission, her contributions to the experience of her peers at UBC in her leadership roles, and her past research accomplishments.