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Dr. Jenkins named 2014 winner of Bloomberg Manulife Prize

Toronto, December 16, 2014

By Evelyne Jhung

Dr. David Jenkins
Dr. David Jenkins

Dr. David Jenkins, director of the Risk Factor Modification Centre and Canada Research Chair in Nutrition and Metabolism, is the 2014 winner of the Bloomberg Manulife Prize for the Promotion of Active Health – the first Canadian to win the $50,000 prize since it was founded in May 2011.

"It is a great honour to be recognized for the work done with my colleagues, here at St Michael's, the U of T and elsewhere,” said Dr. Jenkins. In my mind, the honour is certainly for all the team not just the individual."

He was selected based on the important contributions that he has made through research demonstrating the impact of nutritional factors on healthy lifestyle and disease prevention, as well as his advocacy in health promotion that has resulted in important changes in public policies.

Dr. Jenkins has published numerous research papers studying the nutritional value of foods, including how diet can help control diabetes; factors that can contribute to heart disease; and exploring the use of plant-based diets and their components (e.g. nuts, beans, soy proteins, oats, canola oil, etc.) in reducing the risk of chronic diseases.

Dr. Jenkins will accept his prize at a special ceremony in Toronto on Jan. 19.

About St. Michael's Hospital

St. Michael’s Hospital provides compassionate care to all who enter its doors. The hospital also provides outstanding medical education to future health care professionals in 27 academic disciplines. Critical care and trauma, heart disease, neurosurgery, diabetes, cancer care, care of the homeless and global health are among the hospital’s recognized areas of expertise. Through the Keenan Research Centre and the Li Ka Shing International Healthcare Education Centre, which make up the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute, research and education at St. Michael's Hospital are recognized and make an impact around the world. Founded in 1892, the hospital is fully affiliated with the University of Toronto.