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ABC is the first Aboriginal birth cohort in Canada, and it seeks to understand the factors that cause adiposity (fatness) in Aboriginal children during the first three years of age.
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ABC is the first Aboriginal birth cohort in Canada, and it seeks to understand the factors that cause adiposity (fatness) in Aboriginal children during the first three years of age.
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     Prinicipal Investigator



  Dr. Sonia Anand 

B.A. (Queens), M.D. (McMaster), Ph.D.(McMaster), F.R.C.P(C)

Eli Lilly Canada-May Cohen Chair in Women’s Health

Michael DeGroote Heart and Stroke Chair in Population Health and Epidemiology

Canada Research Chair in Ethnicity and Cardiovascular Disease


Professor, Department of Medicine and Epidemiology

Director, Population Genomics Program

Director, Vascular Medicine Clinic, Hamilton Health


   McMaster University               Tel:905-527-4322 EXT: 21523

   1280 Main St. West                 Fax:905-528-2814  

   MDCL 3200                   

   Hamilton, ON L8S 4K1                              


 Academic Interests


Dr. Anand’s current research is investigating the causes of cardiovascular disease among ethnic groups, population health including genetics, and women’s cardiovascular health.

Selected Publications

1) Do, R., Xie, C., Zhang, X., Männistö, S., Harald, K., Islam, S., Bailey, S.D., Rangarajan, S., McQueen, M.J., Diaz, R., Lisheng, L., Wang, X., Silander, K., Peltonen, L., Yusuf, S., Salomaa, V., Engert, J.C., Anand, S.S. The Effect of Chromosome 9p21 Variants on Cardiovascular Disease May Be Modified by Dietary Intake: Evidence from a Case/Control and a Prospective Study. Plos Medicine 9(10): e1001106


2) Anand, S.S., Tarnopolsky, M.A., Rashid, S., Schulze, K.M., Desai, D., Mente, A., Rao, S., Yusuf, S., Gerstein, H.C., & Sharma, A.M. Adipocyte Hypertrophy, Fatty Liver and Metabolic Risk Factors in South Asians: The Molecular Study of Health and Risk in Ethnic Groups (mol-SHARE). PLoS ONE 2011; 6 (7): 1-8


3) Anand S, Xie C, Pare G, Montpetit A, Serre D, Rangarajan S, McQueen M, Cordell H, Keavney B, Yusuf S, Hudson T, Engert J. Genetic Variants Associated with Acute Myocardial Infarction in 8,000 Individuals from Five Ethnic Groups: The INTERHEART Genetics Study. Circulation Genetics 2009;2:16-25 Anand SS, Islam S, Rosengren A, Grazia Franzosi M, Steyn K, Afzal Hussein Y, Keltai M, Diaz R, Rangarajan S, Yusuf S. Risk Factors for Myocardial Infarction in Women and Men: Insights from the INTERHEART Study. Euro Heart J 2008 Apr;29(7):932-40.


4) Anand S, Yusuf S, Jacobs R, Davis D, Gerstein H, Lonn E, Yi Q. Risk factors, atherosclerosis, and cardiovascular disease among Aboriginal People in Canada: The Study of Health Assessment and Risk Evaluation in Aboriginal Peoples (SHARE-AP) Lancet 2001 Oct 6;358(9288):1147-53.


5) Anand SS, Yusuf S, Vuksan V, Devanesen S, Teo KK, Montague PA, Kelemen E, Guo T, Lonn E, Gerstein H, Hegele RA, McQueen M. Differences in cardiovascular disease between ethnic groups are not explained by conventional risk factors or atherosclerosis. The Study of Health Assessment and Risk in Ethnic Groups (SHARE). Lancet 2000; 356: 279-84.



     Dr. Gita Wahi

B.Sc (McMaster), M.D. (Western), M.Sc (McMaster), F.R.C.P(C) 

Pediatrician, McMaster Children’s Hospital

Assistant Professor, Department of Pediatrics, McMaster University

McMaster University                                     Tel: 905-521-2100 ext 73584
1280 Main St. West                                       Fax: 905-308-7548
Hamilton, ON L8S 4K1                                 Email:

Academic Interests

Dr. Wahi’s research interests are focused on population determinants for childhood obesity, pediatric health in new immigrants to Canada, and the management of pediatric obesity.

Selected Publications 

1) Wahi G, Parkin PC, Beyene J, Uleryk EM, Birken CS. Effectiveness of interventions aimed at reducing screen time in children: a systematic review and meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials. Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med. 2011 Nov;165(11):979-86. Epub 2011 Jul 4.


2) Wahi G, Zorzi A, Macnab A, Panagiotopoulos C. Prevalence of type 2 diabetes, obesity and the metabolic syndrome among Canadian First Nations children in a remote Pacific coast community. Paediatr Child Health. 2009 Feb;14(2):79-83.
3) Zorzi, A., Wahi, G., Macnab, A., & Panagiotoupoulos, C. Prevalence of impaired glucose tolerance and the components of metabolic syndrome in Canadian Tsimshian Nation youth. Canadian Journal of Rural Medicine. 2009; 14(2):61-67. 




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  • Dr. Joseph Beyene
  • Dr. Allison Holloway
  • Dr. Sarah McDonald
  • Dr. David Meyre
  • Ms. Ruby Miller
  • Dr. Katherine Morrison
  • Dr. Guilaume Pare
  • Dr. Ravi Retnakaran
  • Dr. Koon Teo
  • Ms. Julie Wilson