Nov. 28, 2002, Gazette
Dr. Janet Brunton
Dr. Brunton hopes to further explore the impacts of amino acids on infant
growth, particularly within the small intestinal region. She is looking
forward to bringing her prior knowledge and experience, having conducted
this research on piglets, to Memorial University, where she will eventually
set up a model of research similar to that she carried out in Alberta.
Very soon, Dr. Brunton will be recruiting graduate students to work with
her in her research, and is enthusiastically anticipating the beginning
of some very interesting work here in Newfoundland.
With her extensive knowledge and experience in the realm of dietetics,
Dr. Brunton has viewed human nutrition from all angles. She worked on
the front lines as a dietician for several years, and later turned her
attention to furthering research, particularly in the area of neo-natal
nutritional health. Her doctoral thesis was rooted in research that examined
the effects of various nutritional plans on premature infants growth
and body composition. A fellowship from the Alberta Heritage Foundation
for Medical Research enabled her to continue her studies at the post-doctoral
level, researching the ideal dietary amino acid pattern when intravenous
feeding is required.
Growing up just outside of Toronto, Dr. Brunton completed a bachelor of
applied science in human nutrition from the University of Guelph. Following
a dietetic internship at University Hospital in Saskatoon, she worked
as a clinical dietician in the area of pediatrics for five years. Dr.
Brunton was inspired to further her studies at MacMaster University in
Hamilton, having made the move to neo-natal dietician once back in Ontario,
and eventually earning herself a PhD. Five years later, after completing
her post-doctoral work in Alberta, the nutritional biochemist accepted
an assistant professorship at Memorial University in the fall of 2002.
She will be teaching Community Nutrition and one quarter of a fourth-year
selected topics course this coming winter.