Harvey Anderson

Department of Nutritional Sciences


Research Interests
Carbohydrates, sweeteners, appetite and health, Dietary control of peptide hormone and neurotransmitter metabolism, Food composition, dietary status and chronic disease

Professor Harvey Anderson's research has led to over 350 publications and the training of more than 100 graduate students and postdoctoral fellows. His research has received continuous peer-reviewed grant support since 1970, with a focus on:

  • Protein and amino acid metabolism
  • Food selection and intake regulation
  • Diet and behavior
  • Infant nutrition
  • Total parenteral nutrition
  • Diet and chronic disease (with emphasis on sugars and proteins).

Prof. Anderson's recent preclinical research has focused on the role of vitamins in maternal diets consumed during pregnancy, and their effects in programming the future of offspring as well as mothers.

Prof. Anderson initiated and played a major role in the development of the Centre for Child Nutrition and Health, and served as its inaugural Executive Director. He has also served the University as Associate Dean, School of Graduate Studies; Dean and Associate Dean, Research, Faculty of Medicine; Chair, Department of Nutritional Sciences and as an elected member of the University Governing Council. 

Prof. Anderson's advocacy for university, industry and government partnerships in developing food and nutrition solutions is shown by his leadership in the formation of U of T's Program in Food Safety, Nutrition and Regulatory Affairs and as Chair of the Board of the International Life Sciences Institute, Washington, D.C. Prof. Anderson has also held academic appointments in China, where he led the development of an academic program in clinical and public health nutrition at Sun Yat-sen University of Medical Sciences, Guangzhou.

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Professor, Department of Physiology, U of T




Course Number: NFS 1212H
Course Name: Regulation of Food Composition, Health Claims and Safety