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JoAnne Arcand

Assistant Professor

Faculty of Health Sciences

Dr. Arcand is a nutritional scientist who runs an active research program that aims to improve the nutritional health of the public and patients with chronic diseases, particularly those with cardiovascular diseases such as hypertension and heart failure.

Contact information

Science Building - Room 3016
North Oshawa
2000 Simcoe Street North
Oshawa, ON L1H 7K4

Research topics

  • public health nutrition
  • clinical nutrition
  • dietetics
  • food policy (food supply, public knowledge attitudes behaviours)
  • chronic disease prevention and management
  • cardiovascular disease (hypertension, heart failure)
  • program and policy evaluation
  • patient oriented research
  • implementation science
  • dietary sodium
  • dietary assessment
  • knowledge translation

Research and expertise

  • Background and interests

    Dr. JoAnne Arcand is a Registered Dietitian with a PhD in Nutritional Sciences from the University of Toronto. She completed three years of postdoctoral training in nutrition and public health policy prior to joining the University of Ontario Institute of Technology in 2015.

    Dr. Arcand has expertise in clinical and population health aspects of cardiovascular disease prevention and management. She was recently awarded a nationally competitive Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada Emerging Research Leaders grant and the CIHR-INMD-Canadian Nutrition Society New Investigator Prize. Her research program is:

    • Examining the implementation of nutrition recommendations in primary care.
    • Evaluating novel tools for the dietary management and prevention of hypertension and heart failure.
    • Designing and developing mobile nutrition education apps for school age children in Ontario.
    • Evaluating policies to reduce population sodium intakes both nationally and in Latin America.

    She is also actively involved in the international Science of Salt research group, affiliated with the World Hypertension League and World Health Organization Collaborating Centre for Salt Reduction, and Chairs a subcommittee that conducts regular systematic reviews of studies published on dietary sodium and health outcomes. Dr. Arcand is also involved in numerous knowledge translation activities, including the development of novel tools to translate scientific information to the public, patients and clinicians. She volunteers her time to several committees with the Hypertension Canada, Canadian Nutrition Society and Dietitians of Canada. Dr. Arcand’s work has been published in high profile journals and presented to a variety of stakeholder groups including clinicians, academics, food industry and government. She was awarded a Notable Achievement Award from the World Hypertension League for her significant contributions in dietary sodium reduction.

    Dr. Arcand developed the Sodium Calculator, an innovative dietary assessment tool to assist the public and clinicians in rapidly determining the amount and sources of sodium in the diet.

    To keep clinicians, researchers and policymakers informed about the latest salt/sodium research, the Science of Salt research group frequently publishes systematic reviews of new research. Identified articles are also summarized weekly as part of a weekly Science of Salt newsletter.

  • Publications

    For a comprehensive list of publications, please visit PubMed.

    Arcand J, Au JTC, Schermel A, L'Abbe MR. Evaluation of food industry progress in reducing the sodium content of packaged foods in Canada: 2010 to 2013.  Applied Physiology, Nutrition and Metabolism. 2016; 41(6):684-90.

    Arcand J, Abdulaziz K, Bennett C, L'Abbe MR, Manuel DG. Developing a web-based dietary sodium screening tool for personalized assessment and feedback.  Applied Physiology, Nutrition and Metabolism. 2014; 39(3):413-414.

    Arcand J, Steckham K, Tzianetas R, L'Abbe M, Newton GE. Evaluation of sodium levels in hospital patient menus. Archives of Internal Medicine. 2012; 172(16): 1261-2. Impact Factor 15.01.

    Arcand J, Ivanov J, Sasson A, Floras V, Al-Hesayen A, Azevedo E, Mak S, Allard JP, Newton GE. High sodium intake is associated with acute decompensated heart failure in ambulatory heart failure patients. The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. 2011; 93: 332-7. 

  • Courses taught
    • Nutrition for Nursing Practice
    • International and Community Nutrition (University of Toronto)
  • Grants

    2015 – 2018  Principal Investigator. Evaluation of web-based dietary screening tools in the management of cardiovascular risk factors. Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada. Emerging Research Leaders Initiative.Operating Grant.

    2016  Principal Investigator. Evaluation of the implementation of a population-wide program to reduce salt/sodium consumption in Costa Rica. International Development Research Centre. 

    2015  Principal Investigator. Sugar, Calories and Macronutrients in the Canadian Food Supply. Retail Council of Canada. Contract.

  • Education
    • PhD Nutritional Sciences, UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO, 2011
    • MSc Nutritional Sciences, UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO, 2006
    • BSc Human Ecology (Food and Nutrition), UNIVERSITY OF WESTERN ONTARIO, 2001
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