Ruth Harvie

Ruth Harvie

Assistant Professor
J. Bruce Brown Hall

Ruth Harvie is an assistant professor at St Francis Xavier University. She completed her undergraduate degree in Human Nutrition and Postgraduate diploma in her native New Zealand at the University of Otago with her internship within Waikato District Health Board. She worked as a clinical dietitian for 4 years in Greymouth, New Zealand and for six years at Dunedin public hospital. During her 6 years at Dunedin hospital she completed a research masters investigating the clinical effectiveness of a low fermentable oligosaccharide, disaccharide, monosaccharide and polyol diet (FODMAP) in patients with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).She completed a PhD in medicine at the University of Otago investigating diet, the microbiota and IBS in 2018 under the mentorship of Professor Michael Schultz and Associate Professor Jeremy Burton (Western University). The majority of data collection for her PhD was done at Western University in London, Ontario.

Ruth’s ongoing research interests are within the fields of clinical dietetics and looking at the interaction of food and the microbiome.

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  • HNU 353  Nutritional Management of Human Disease
  • HNU 356  Introduction to Food Service and Quantity Food Production

Recent publications

Craven, Laura PhD1; Rahman, Adam MD2,3; Nair Parvathy, Seema PhD4; Beaton, Melanie MD2,3; Silverman, Justin MD, PhD5; Qumosani, Karim MD2,3; Hramiak, Irene MD2,6; Hegele, Rob MD2,6,7; Joy, Tisha MD2,6; Meddings, Jon MD8; Urquhart, Brad PhD2; Harvie, Ruth PhD9; McKenzie, Charles PhD2,7; Summers, Kelly PhD1,2; Reid, Gregor PhD1,2,9; Burton, Jeremy P. PhD1,2,9; Silverman, Michael MD1,2,4 Allogenic Fecal Microbiota Transplantation in Patients With Nonalcoholic Fatty Liver Disease Improves Abnormal Small Intestinal Permeability, The American Journal of Gastroenterology: May 15, 2020 - Volume Publish Ahead of Print - Issue - doi: 10.14309/ajg.0000000000000661

Harvie, R. M., et al. (2020). "Evaluation of lactulose, lactose, and fructose breath testing in clinical practice: A focus on methane." JGH Open 4(2): 198-205. 

Harvie, R. M., et al. (2017). "Long-term irritable bowel syndrome symptom control with reintroduction of selected FODMAPs." World Journal of Gastroenterology 23(25): 4632-4643.

Harvie, R., et al. (2017). "Using the Human Gastrointestinal Microbiome to Personalize Nutrition Advice: Are Registered Dietitian Nutritionists Ready for the Opportunities and Challenges?" Journal of the Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics 117(12): 1865-1869.

Harvie R, Walmsley R, Schultz M, New Zealand Society of G. "We are what our bacteria eat": the role of bacteria in personalizing nutrition therapy in gastrointestinal conditions. J Gastroenterol Hepatol. 2016. 10.1111/jgh.13462