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.

Dr. Carla Prado completed her Nutrition degree and internship at the Federal University of Goias, 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 now a (Full) Professor and Campus Alberta Innovate Program Chair in Nutrition, Food and Health.


Dr. Prado has received several research, teaching and service awards. She has published over 150 highly cited peer-reviewed publications and has been a guest speaker at over 150 Conferences worldwide. Carla is an Associate Editor of the Journal of Cachexia, Sarcopenia and Muscle (IF: 9.08) and of Clinical Nutrition (IF: 6.36). She serves as a consultant for several nutrition and pharmaceutical companies interested in preventing/reversing muscle loss associated with clinical conditions. Additionally, Dr. Prado has a strong teaching background (including a postgraduate degree in Academic Teaching) and is a member of several committees and task forces nationally and internationally.


Carla has shared her expertise in many high-profile media outlets such as Forbes, The Atlantic, Marie Claire, Women’s Health and The Globe and Mail. As a champion for women in science, Carla was recently featured as a prominent Canadian scientist on the CBC documentary Ms. Scientist.


Professional Affiliations:

  • Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
  • American Society for Nutrition
  • American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition (ASPEN)
  • Canadian Nutrition Society
  • College of Dietitians of Alberta,
  • Dietitians of Canada
  • European Society for Clinical Nutrition and Metabolism (ESPEN)
  • Society on Sarcopenia, Cachexia and Wasting Disorders

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Carla Prado, PhD, RD

Professor, University of Alberta;

CAIP Chair in Nutrition, Food & Health;

Director, Human Nutrition Research Unit

CIHR New Investigator

Dr. Carla Prado is a 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.

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 low muscle mass in patients with cancer. She is currently the Principal Investigator of three 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 currently a member of the GLIM Body Composition Working Group, and the Sarcopenic Obesity Consensus Group (ESPEN/EASO). She is an Associate Editor of Clinical Nutrition and the Journal of Cachexia, Sarcopenia and Muscle. Dr. Prado is a recipient of Canada’s Top 40 Under 40, a prestigious award that celebrates exceptional young Canadian leaders of all sectors.