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Susan Whiting Professor

E3212 Health Sciences


Dr. Whiting, a member of Faculty since 1988, completed postdoctoral training (Medicine - Renal Physiology) at the University of British Columbia and previously taught at MountSaint Vincent University in Halifax . She is a member of Dietitians of Canada, the Canadian Society for Nutritional Sciences, the American Society for Nutrition and the American Public Health Association. She is a consultant to the Scientific Advisory Board for Osteoporosis Canada and is on the Steering Committee of Canada's Community Health Measures Survey. She sits on the Board of Directors for the Child Hunger and Education Program in Saskatoon .

For over 30 years she has conducted research on diet influences on bone health, specifically effects of protein, soft drinks, and calcium on children’s bone growth. She has also investigated the effectiveness and use of nutrient supplements, acid-base effects on bone, and, in the past decade, the vitamin D status of Canadians. She has taught for over 25 years in nutrition programs and has supervised over 20 graduate students in Masters and PhD programs, and was given the University of Saskatchewan ’s Distinguished Supervisor award in 2009.

Internationally she has undertaken many activities related to the DRIs, and sits on the International Institute for Bone Health and Nutrition. Locally, she is on the Boards of CHEP Good Food and Station 20 West, both being community-based organizations devoted to solving food insecurity.

Teaching Responsibilities

Undergraduate courses Advanced Nutrition: Micronutrients and Nutritional Assessment (co-teaches); team teaches the graduate course Advances in Human Nutrition Research.

Research Interests

Dietary assessment and nutritional epidemiology; dietary effects on calcium metabolism; nutrition and osteoporosis; access to healthy food; dietary need in long-term care; bioavailability and safety of nutritional supplements. Current research is supported by grants from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research and the Saskatchewan Health Research Foundation.

Recent Publications

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Bonjour JP, Kohrt W. Levasseur R, Warren M. and Marius Kraenzlin (2015). Application of biochemical markers to assessment of the impact of nutritional products on calcium economy and bone metabolism in clinical trials. Nutr Society Reviews. In press.

Henry CJ, Whiting SJ, Phillips T, Finch SL, Zello GA, Vatanparast H. (2015) Impact of the removal of chocolate milk from school milk programs for school-aged children in Saskatoon Canada. Applied Physiology, Nutrition and Metabolism, in Press

Roba AC, K Gebremichael, GA Zello, SJ Whiting, CJ Henry. (2015) Nutritional status and dietary intakes of rural adolescent girls in southern Ethiopia. Ecology of Food and Nutrition. In press.

Goorang S, L Ausman, R Houser, S J Whiting. (2014) Profile of vitamin and mineral supplements among elderly institutionalized adults: A systematic review, Journal of Nursing Home Research In press.

Berhanu G, Mesfin A, Kebebu A, Whiting SJ, Henry CJ. (2014) Household food processing methods to enhance iron and zinc bioavailability in formulated haricot bean and maize complementary food. African Journal of Food Science 8(4): 190-195. 

Katzman M, Whiting SJ, Lawson J, Rosenberg A (2014) Association of Newborn Vitamin D Status with Pregnancy Outcome and Infant Health.  Applied Physiology Nutrition and Metabolism  Oct;39(10):1188-91.

Mesfin A, C Henry, A Kaler, M Girma, SJ Whiting. (2014) Use of pulse crops in complementary feeding of 6-23 month old infants and 1 young children at Taba kebele, southern Ethiopia. Journal of Public Health in Africa.in press.

Negash C, T Belachew, CJ Henry, A Kebebu, SJ Whiting. (2014) Effect of Nutrition education and introduction of broad bean based complementary food on knowledge and dietary practices of caregivers and nutritional status of their young children in rural southern Ethiopia. Food and Nutrition Bulletin December issue.

Dahl WJ, AL Ford,  SJ Whiting. (2013) Visiting Faculty from Abroad: Contributing to Global Competency of Nutrition Students at Hawassa University, Ethiopia. NACTA (North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture) Journal. 57(3a)111-114.  

Sanghavi S, Whiting S, Uribarri J. (2013) Potassium balance in dialysis patients. Seminars in Dialysis. 2013 Sep-Oct;26(5):597-603.

Hanley, D.A., Whiting, S.J. (2013) Does a High Dietary Acid Content Cause Bone Loss, and Can Bone Loss Be Prevented With an Alkaline Diet? Journal of Clinical Densitometry. Article in Press.

Whiting, S.J., Calvo, M.S. (2013) Current Understanding of Vitamin D Metabolism, Nutritional Status, and Role in Disease Prevention11FDA Disclaimer Nutrition in the Prevention and Treatment of Disease, pp. 811-837.

Bonjour, J.-P., Kraenzlin, M., Levasseur, R., Warren, M., Whiting, S. (2013) Dairy in Adulthood: From Foods to Nutrient Interactions on Bone and Skeletal Muscle Health Journal of the American College of Nutrition, 32 (4), pp. 251-263.

Ginter, J.K., Krithika, S., Gozdzik, A., Hanwell, H., Whiting, S., Parra, E.J. (2013) Vitamin D status of older adults of diverse ancestry living in the greater Toronto area BMC Geriatrics, 13 (1), art. no. 66.

Langsetmo, L., Berger, C., Kreiger, N., et al. (2013) Calcium and Vitamin D intake and mortality: Results from the Canadian Multicentre Osteoporosis Study (CaMos) Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism, 98 (7), pp. 3010-3018.

Billinsky, J., Glew, R.A., Cornish, S.M., Whiting, S.J., Thorpe, L.U., Alcorn, J., Paus-Jenssen, L., Hadjistavropoulos, T., Chilibeck, P.D. (2013) No evidence of hypoglycemia or hypotension in older adults during 6 months of flax lignan supplementation in a randomized controlled trial: A safety evaluation Pharmaceutical Biology, 51 (6), pp. 778-782.

Viveky, N., Billinsky, J., Thorpe, L., Alcorn, J., Hadjistavropoulos, T., Whiting, S.J. (2013)  Challenges in planning long-term care menus that meet dietary recommendations Canadian Journal of Dietetic Practice and Research, 74 (2), pp. 84-87.

Mihalynuk, T., Whiting, S. (2013) The role of dietitians in providing guidance on the use of natural health products Canadian Journal of Dietetic Practice and Research, 74 (2), pp. 58-62.

Greene-Finestone, L.S., Langlois, K.A., Whiting, S.J. (2013) Characteristics of users of supplements containing vitamin D in Canada and associations between dose and 25-hydroxvitamin D Applied Physiology, Nutrition and Metabolism, 38 (7), pp. 707-715.

Setayeshgar, S., Whiting, S.J., Vatanparast, H. (2013) Prevalence of 10-year risk of cardiovascular diseases and associated risks in Canadian adults: The contribution of cardiometabolic risk assessment introduction International Journal of Hypertension, 2013, art. no. 276564.

Chilibeck, P.D., Vatanparast, H., Pierson, R., Case, A., Olatunbosun, O., Whiting, S.J., Beck, T.J., Pahwa, P., Biem, H.J. (2013) Effect of exercise training combined with isoflavone supplementation on bone and lipids in postmenopausal women: A randomized clinical trial Journal of Bone and Mineral Research, 28 (4), pp. 780-793.

Battault, S., Whiting, S.J., Peltier, S.L., Sadrin, S., Gerber, G., Maixent, J.M. (2013) Vitamin D metabolism, functions and needs: From science to health claims European Journal of Nutrition, 52 (2), pp. 429-441.

Koo, M., Whiting, S. (2013) Development of a resource: To help consumers select nutrition supplements Canadian Journal of Dietetic Practice and Research, 74 (1), pp. e304-e310.

Calvo, M.S., Whiting, S.J. (2013) Survey of current vitamin D food fortification practices in the United States and Canada Journal of Steroid Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, 136 (1), pp. 211-213.