The overall goal of Professor Richard Bazinet's research program is to identify the mechanisms that regulate brain lipid metabolism (signaling) and to identify the role of brain lipid metabolism in the pathogenesis of neurodegenerative diseases and neuropsychiatric disorders. His lab takes a kinetic and biochemical approach to studying the mechanisms by which dietary polyunsaturated fatty acids regulate the metabolism of arachidonic and docosahexaenoic acids within brain phospholipids.
These studies, while largely basic in nature, include disease models and they have several ongoing collaborations examining clinical studies. Professor Bazinet's work has influenced international guidelines for the consumption of dietary fats for brain health, and he currently collaborates with large agribusinesses and also works with the local food community including farmers, chefs and food writers.
Canada Research Chair in Brain Lipid Metabolism