About Dr. Prado





Dr. Carla Prado, PhD, RD 

Education & Training:
  • Visiting Scholar - Institute for Ageing and Health, Newcastle University, UK.
  • Postdoctoral Fellowship - NIDDK, National Institutes of Health, USA.
  • Postdoctoral Fellowship - Department of Oncology/Cross Cancer Institute, University of Alberta, Canada. Doctorate - Nutrition & Metabolism, Department of Agricultural, Food and Nutritional Sciences, University of Alberta, Canada.
  • Postgraduate Degree (Specialist) - Academic Teaching, Educational Foundation of Goias, Brazil.
  • Undergraduate - Nutrition/Internship, Federal University of Goias, Brazil.
Carla Prado completed her Nutrition degree and internship in her home Country of Brazil. She then received her Ph.D. in Nutrition and Metabolism at the University of Alberta and underwent post-doctoral training at the Cross Cancer Institute, Canada and at the National Institutes of Health, USA. She joined the faculty at Florida State University in 2011 as an Assistant Professor and was a visiting scholar at Newcastle University (UK) in 2013. In 2014, Dr. Prado returned to her beloved University of Alberta, where she is an Assistant Professor and Campus Alberta Innovate Program Chair in Nutrition, Food and Health. She is a member of the College of Dietitians of Alberta,
Dietitians of Canada, and the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.
Dr. Prado is a Fellow of the Obesity Society and has received several research, teaching and service awards. She has been a guest speaker at numerous National and International Conferences and is an Associate Editor of the Journal of Cachexia, Sarcopenia and Muscle (IF: 7.83) and of Clinical Nutrition (IF:4.48). She serves as a consultant for several nutrition and pharmaceutical companies interested in preventing/reversing skeletal muscle loss associated with clinical conditions. Additionally, Dr. Prado has a strong teaching background (including a postgraduate degree in Academic Teaching) and has had several leadership roles throughout her career such as co-founding an obesity club, participating on several Organizations and University committees and serving as the elected President of the Postdoctoral Fellows Association at the University of Alberta. She is currently the Director of the Human Nutrition Research Unit, the largest of its kind in Canada and also serves as Chair for the University of Alberta GFC Appeals Board; as a member of the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research Scholarship committee; and as a Board member for one of the Chaplain’s association, among several other shorter term appointments in committees and task forces nationally and internationally.


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Carla Prado, PhD, RD, FTOS

Asst. Professor, University of Alberta;
CAIP Chair in Nutrition, Food & Health;
Director, Human Nutrition Research Unit
CIHR New Investigator
Dr. Carla Prado is an Assistant Professor at the University of Alberta in Canada and a Campus Alberta Innovates (CAIP) Chair in Nutrition, Food and Health. She is the Director of the Human Nutrition

Research Unit, a state-of-the-art
research and training facility that supports cutting-edge research on the physiology and causes of nutritional problems through assessment of body composition, whole body energy metabolism, diet, and physical activity.
Dr. Prado is an expert in assessing nutritional status through the precise measurement of body composition and energy metabolism. Her research has shown for the first time the prevalence and clinical implications of sarcopenic obesity (concurrent appearance of low muscle and high fat) in cancer, and has provided evidence of the independent effect of body composition on cancer recurrence, treatment and survival. The focus of her current research program is to develop targeted nutrition interventions for the prevention and treatment of sarcopenic obesity in patients with diverse chronic conditions. She is currently the Principal Investigator of two randomized controlled trials investigating the impact of nutrition intervention on body composition and health.
Dr. Prado holds a dietitian title from both Canada and Brazil. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Alberta, Canada, and has completed further training at the Cross Cancer Institute (Canada), the National Institutes of Health (USA) and Newcastle University (UK). She is an Associate Editor of Clinical Nutrition and the Journal of Cachexia, Sarcopenia and Muscle. She serves as a member of the Body Composition Clinical Guidelines group for the American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition, and the National Cancer Institute Sarcopenia Workshop Planning Committee.