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  • Vanessa DeClercq, PhD


Research Scientist, Atlantic PATH; Adjunct Professor, Community Health & Epidemiology, Dalhousie University; Part-time Faculty, Department of Applied Human Nutrition at Mount Saint Vincent University.


Dalhousie University, Mount Saint Vincent University

Research Interests:

Nutrition, health risk factors, obesity, population health, lifestyle behaviours, cancer, chronic disease.

Lifestyle behaviours and cancer

Dr. Declercq's research interests span from the basic sciences to population health and are rooted in nutrition and the development of chronic disease. Currently, she is studying the complex relationships between diet, lifestyle factors, and risk of cancer. Her research utilizes large regional health datasets and examines circulating biomarkers related to disease. Ongoing projects involve exploring the role of circulating adipokines, dietary patterns, and the microbiome as predictors of cancer risk

Involvement with BHCRI to date:

Dr. DeClercq is a BHCRI Affiliate Member


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Atlantic Partnership for Tomorrow's Health (PATH), Dalhousie University, 1494 Carlton Street, 2nd floor, PO Box 15000, Halifax, NS Canada, B3H 4R2


Forbes C, Yu ZM, Cui Y, DeClercq V, Grandy S, Parker L, Sweeney E, Dummer TJB, Keats M. Rural-Urban Disparities in Total Physical Activity, Body Composition, and Related Health Indicators: An Atlantic PATH Study. Journal of Rural Health 2019, [Epub ahead of print] doi: 10.1111/jrh.12363.

DeClercq V, Langille M, Van Limbergen J. The relationship between diet quality and body composition in participants with IBD in the Atlantic PATH cohort. PLoS One 2018;13(7):e0200580. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0200580.

Yu ZM, DeClercq V, Cui Y, Forbes C, Grandy S, Keats M, Parker L, Sweeney E, Dummer TJB. Fruit and Vegetable Intake and Obesity among Populations in Eastern Canada: the Atlantic Partnership for Tomorrow’s Health Study. BMJ Open 2018; 8:e018060. doi:10.1136/bmjopen-2017-018060.

DeClercq V, Cui Y, Dummer TJB, Forbes C, Grandy S, Keats M, Parker L, Sweeney E, Yu ZM, McLeod RS. Relationship between adiponectin and apoB in individuals with diabetes in the Atlantic PATH cohort. Journal of the Endocrine Society 2017; 1:1477. doi:10.1210/js.2017-00339

DeClercq V, Cui Y, Forbes C, Grandy S, Keats M, Parker L, Sweeney E, Yu ZM, Dummer TJB. Association Between Dietary Patterns and Adiposity in Atlantic Canada. Nutrients 2017;9: pii: E1155. doi:10.3390/nu9101155.

DeClercq V, Cui Y, Forbes C, Grandy S, Keats M, Parker L, Sweeney E, Yu ZM, Dummer TJB. Adiposity measures and plasma adipokines in females with rheumatoid and osteoarthritis. Mediators of Inflammation 2017;2017:4302412. doi:10.1155/2017/4302412.

Keats M, Cui Y, DeClercq V, Dummer TJB, Forbes C, Grandy S, Hicks J, Sweeney E, Yu ZM, Parker L. Multimorbidity in Atlantic Canada and association with low levels of physical activity. Preventive Medicine 2017;105:326-331. doi:10.1016/j.ypmed.2017.10.013.

Sweeney E, Cui Y, DeClercq V, Devichand P, Forbes C, Grandy S, Hicks J, Keats M, Parker L, Volodarsky M, Yu ZM, and Dummer TJB. Cohort Profile: The Atlantic Partnership for Tomorrow’s Health (Atlantic PATH) Study. International Journal of Epidemiology 2017; 46:1762-1763i. doi:10.1093/ije/dyx124.

DeClercq V, Goldsby JS, McMurray DN, Chapkin RS. Distinct adipose depots from mice differentially respond to high fat - high salt diet. Journal of Nutrition 2016; 146(6):1189-1196. doi:10.3945/jn.115.227496.

DeClercq V, McMurray DN, Chapkin RS. Obesity influences colonic stem cell maintenance during cancer initiation. Cancer Letters 2015;369(2):336-343. doi:10.1016/j.canlet.2015.10.001.

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