Jennifer Jamieson

Jennifer Jamieson

Associate Professor
434
J. Bruce Brown Hall
(902) 867-5568

Degree: MSc., PhD

Background:
Jen Jamieson obtained her PhD in Human Nutrition and Dietetics at McGill University where she developed skills and expertise in population health assessment, dietary assessment, iron metabolism and epidemiological analyses. She was part of the Inuit Health Survey research team, collecting health and nutrition data from 36 Inuit communities across the Canadian Arctic. In particular, she studied associations between diet, inflammation, iron status, and anemia. Dr. Jamieson’s current research interests include: understanding the determinants of nutritional status  (e.g. inflammation, exercise, restrictive diets), especially with respect to iron and folate status; improving tools used in nutrition assessment (e.g. disease-specific diet assessment tools and novel dietary pattern analyses); with the aim of employing these new tools in better understanding key determinants of health in populations.

Teaching

  • HNU 351 Nutritional Assessment & Lab
  • HNU 491/493 Honours & Advanced Major Coordinator

Recent publications

Jamieson, JA, Rosta, E, Gougeon, L. (2020) Grain Products are a Top Source of Energy and Nutrients among Nova Scotian Adults following a Gluten-free Diet. Cdn J Diet Pract Res. In press.

Kenny, TA, Hu, XF, Jamieson, JA, Kuhnlein, HV, Wesche, SD, Chan, HM. (2019) Potential impact of restricted caribou (Rangifer tarandus) consumption on anemia prevalence among Inuit adults in northern Canada. BMC Nutrition 5:30. https://doi.org/10.1186/s40795-019-0292-9

Jamieson, JA, Gougeon, L. (2019) Adults following a gluten-free diet report little dietary guidance in a pilot survey exploring relationships between dietary knowledge, management, and adherence in Nova Scotia, Canada. Nutrition Research, 66:107-114. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.nutres.2019.02.005

Jamieson, JA, Weir, M, Gougeon, L. (2018) Canadian packaged gluten-free foods are less nutritious than their regular gluten-containing counterparts.  PeerJ 6:e5875. https://doi.org/10.7717/peerj.5875

Reynolds E, Johnson C, Jamieson JA, Mawhinney H (2018) Prevalence and Correlates of Food Insecurity among Students Attending a Small, Rural Canadian University. Cdn J Diet Pract Res 79(3): 125-128. https://doi.org/10.3148/cjdpr-2018-004.
 
Jamieson JA, Gougeon L (2017) Gluten-free foods in rural Maritime Provinces: limited availability, high price, and low iron content. Cdn J Diet Pract Res. 78(4):192-196. https://doi: 10.3148/cjdpr-2017-020.
 
Jamieson JA, Weiler HA, Kuhnlein HV & Egeland GM (2016) Prevalence of unexplained anemia in Inuit men and Inuit post-menopausal women in Northern Labrador: International Polar Year Inuit Health Survey. Can J Public Health, 107(1). https://doi: 10.17269/cjph.107.5173.

Dietitians of Canada. Hemochromatosis/Haemochromatosis Background. In: PEN: Practice-based Evidence in Nutrition ®. March-22-2015. Available from: http://www.pennutrition.com. Access only by subscription. Author: Jamieson, JA. Student contributors: Barry A, Cleveland T, DeCoste S, Lee J, MacDonald AT, Stanford K, Negus K, Ramsay M, Reeves R, Woodrow B.

Jamieson JA, Kuhnlein HV, Weiler HA & Egeland GM (2013) Higher n3-fatty acid status is associated with lower risk of iron depletion among food insecure Canadian Inuit women. BMC Public Health 13:289-7. doi: 10.1186/1471-2458-13-289.

Jamieson JA, Weiler HA, Kuhnlein HV & Egeland GM (2012) Traditional food intake is correlated with iron stores in Canadian Inuit men. J Nutr 142(4):764-70. doi: 10.3945/jn.111.140475.

Jamieson JA & Kuhnlein HV (2008) The paradox of anemia with high meat intake: A review of the multifactorial etiology of anemia in the Inuit of North America. Nutr Rev 66(5):256-71. doi: 10.1111/j.1753-4887.2008.00030.x.

 

Research Interests

  • Understanding determinants of nutritional status (e.g. inflammation, exercise, restrictive diets)
  • Nutritional assessment method development (e.g. condition-specific assessment tools)
  • Dietary pattern analysis

My current research interests include: understanding the determinants of nutritional status  (e.g. inflammation, exercise, restrictive diets), especially with respect to iron and folate status; improving tools used in nutrition assessment (e.g. disease-specific diet assessment tools and novel dietary pattern analyses); with the aim of employing these new tools in better understanding key determinants of health in populations.

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Current Research Projects:

To what extent do Exercise-Associated Gastrointestinal Symptoms affect the training and performance of Student Athletes? An exploratory mixed methods needs assessment. Principal Investigator: Jen Jamieson. Co- Investigators: Dr. Ruth Harvie and Sarah O'Brien. Research Assistant: Cayla Olynyk, BSc HNU Honours 2021.  For more information please see: http://www2.mystfx.ca/human-nutrition/gi-study

Development of a gluten-free food composition database. Principal Investigator: Jen Jamieson. Research Assitant: Kelsey Gill, BSc HNU Honours 2020.

Determining the folate content of gluten-free flours and foods. Principal Investigators: Jen Jamieson & Dr. Marcia English. Research student opportunities available.

Adhering to a gluten-free diet in Nova Scotia: Exploring nutritional quality and the role of food literacy.  A pilot project funded by the Nova Scotia Health Research Foundation. Principal Investigator: Jen Jamieson. Co-Principal Investigator: Laura Gougeon.  For more information see: http://www2.mystfx.ca/human-nutrition/gfstudy. Follow us on facebook at: www.facebook.com/GlutenFreeStudy/ or twitter @GlutenFreeStudy

Student Research Projects

Are you a curious, motivated, hard-working student looking to challenge yourself with an independent research project? Current students interested in summer and honours research projects are encouraged to meet with Dr. Jamieson early in their program of study (second year or fall of third year) for further discussions.

 

Current Student(s):

Kelsey Gill, 2019-2020. Thesis: Development of a Canadian Nutrient Composition Database for Gluten-Free Foods. Recipient of 2019 Scotia Scholar Undergraduate Research Award. Currently a StFX dietetic intern.

 

Past Students and Projects:

Anna Neufeld, 2018-19. Thesis: An Exploration of Food Sources of Nutrients and Dietary Patterns of the Gluten-free Diet. 2019 Applied Physiology, Nutrition, and Metabolism Undergraduate Research Excellence Award. Currently a Registered Dietetian.

 

Jacqueline Rusin, 2018-19. Thesis: Determination of Folate Content in Nutritionally Important Gluten-Free Flours Using Lactobacillus casei spp. Rhamnosus in a Microbiological Assay. Currently a Registered Dietetian.

 

Emily Rosta, 2017-18. Thesis: Evaluating the quality of gluten-free diets using the NOVA food processing system: Piloting the GFStudy in Nova Scotia. Currently a MSc student at Dalhousie.

Silver medal Bookstore Prize - StFX Student Research Day March 28, 2018; 2018 Applied Physiology, Nutrition, and Metabolism Undergraduate Research Excellence Award.

Dissemination: Findings presented at the 2018 Canadian Nutrition Society Annual Meeting

 

Leah Gouthro, 2017-18. Thesis: Diet assessment of collegiate athletes following a gluten-free diet. Currently a Registered Dietetian.

 

Emma Aucoin, 2015-16. Thesis: Does vitamin B6 supplementation enhance the effects of exercise on glucose metabolism in non-athlete university students? Co-supervised by Dr. Dan Kane. Currently a Physiotherapist.

NSERC Undergraduate Student Research Award (USRA), 2015 (Co-supervised with Dr. Dan Kane, Human Kinetics). 2016 Gordon Sleivard Award for top undergraduate presentation, 13th Atlantic Provinces Exercise Scientists and Socioculturalists Conference (APES+); Silver medal, StFX Student Research Day.

Dissemination: Findings presented at the 2017 Canadian Nutrition Society Annual Meeting

 

Mikaela Henderson, 2015-16. Thesis: A Comparative Analysis of Clinical Practice Guidelines for the management of Hereditary Hemochromatosis. Currently a Registered Dietetian.

 

Sara Watters, 2015-16. Thesis: Exploring the challenges of gluten-free diet using a mixed-methods approach. (Co-supervised with Dr. Laura Gougeon). Scotia Scholar Undergraduate Research Award (NSHRF). Currently a Registered Dietetian and Msc student in Speech & Language Pathology at Dalhousie University.

 

Hannah Mawhinney, 2014-2015. Thesis: Is vitamin B6 sub-optimal for male endurance athletes?: Preliminary investigation of the effects of 7-day dietary intervention on running performance after a competitive season. Co-supervised by Dr. Dan Kane (HKIN). CIHR Summer Research Award, 2014 (Co-supervised with Dr. Dan Kane).     2015 Applied Physiology, Nutrition, and Metabolism Undergraduate Research Excellence Award Recipient. Bronze medal, StFX Student Research Day. Currently an Assistant Professor at StFX.

Dissemination: Findings presented at the 2017 Canadian Nutrition Society Annual Meeting.

 

Mary Weir, 2014-2015. Thesis: A comparison of nutritional quality of gluten-free and similar gluten-containing products in rural towns and villages in Northeastern Nova Scotia. CIHR Summer Research Award, 2013 (Co-supervised with Dr. Doris Gillis).

 

Kaitlyn Stanford, 2013-14. Thesis: Energy and Nutrient Adequacy of Elite Cross-Country Runners Across the Training and Competition Season. Dissemination: Findings presented at the 2014 Canadian Nutrition Society Annual Meeting. Currently a resident physician at Memorial University [Family Medicine].

 

Heidi Stirling, 2012-13. Thesis: Energy and nutrient adequacy of elite female cross-country runners. CIHR Summer Research Award, 2012. Currently a Registered Dietetian.

 

Tayler Musclow, 2012-13. Thesis: The development of a food frequency questionnaire for iron assessment of elite female endurance athletes. Bronze medal, StFX Student Research Day. Currently a Registered Dietetian.

 

Erica Reynolds, 2011-12. Thesis: Investigating the prevalence of food insecurity amongst Saint Francis Xavier University students. Co-supervised by Professor Christine Johnson (HNU). Dissemination: Research published in Cdn J Diet Pract Res 79(3): 125-128. https://doi.org/10.3148/cjdpr-2018-004. Currently a Registered Dietetian.