Logo Rosalind & Morris Goodman Cancer Institute

Oct 16, 2024

Location Charles F. Martin Amphitheatre McIntyre Medical Science Building 3655, Promenade Sir-William-Osler, Montreal, QC, H3G 1Y6 CanadaABCanada
This public lecture will feature Daniela Quail, Ph.D., author Mark Schatzker, Dana Small, Ph.D., and Joe Schwarcz, Ph.D.

Nourishing Our Future: Critical Connections Between Food, Weight, and Cancer

Nourishing Our Future: Critical Connections Between Food, Weight, and Cancer

This event is a lecture intended for a public audience. If you are interested in attending the related two-day scientific symposium for an academic audince on the same theme, please visit the symposium event page:

Related Event: 2024 Gairdner Symposium

Public Lecture Series proceedings: 

  • 5:00-5:10 pm: Introductions 

  • 5:10-6:10 pm: Keynote speakers lectures 

    • Dana Small (20min) 

    • Daniela Quail (20min) 

    • Mark Schatzker (20min) 

  • 6:10-6:15 pm: Transition to panel discussion 

  • 6:15-6:45 pm: Paneled discussion with invited panelists  

  • 6:45pm onwards: Cocktail Event 


Keynote Speakers: Dana Small, Daniela Quail, Mark Schatzker 

Chair: Joe Schwarcz 

Panelists: TBD 


Dana Small is the Canada Excellence Research Chair (CERC) in Metabolism and the Brain, a Professor in the Department of Neurology and Neurosurgery and the Department of Internal Medicine at McGill, and the founder and Director of the Modern Diet and Physiology Research Center, an international consortium dedicated to understanding gut-brain health. She is among the world's leading experts in determining how the brain integrates internal signals and information from the environment to control behaviour and metabolism, and how the modern food environment influences this body-brain circuitry to promote obesity, metabolic disorders, neurological and psychiatric diseases. 


Daniela Quail is an Assistant Professor at the Rosalind and Morris Goodman Cancer Institute (GCI) and the Department of Physiology, McGill University, and a Canada Research Chair in the Tumour Microenvironment. She is renowned for her groundbreaking research on the role of the tumour microenvironment during cancer progression, including how diet, bodyweight, and other lifestyle factors influence the immune system and chronic inflammation to contribute to metastasis and determine responses to therapy.  


Mark Schatzker is a best-selling author and journalist and the Associate Director of Communications at the Modern Diet and Physiology Research Center at McGill. His award-winning writing has featured in publications as varied as The New York Times, The Globe and Mail, Condé Nast Traveler, The Best American Travel Writing, and the Annual Review of Psychology. He has also appeared on CBS Good Morning, Good Morning America, and Bloomberg News. His books include Steak: One Man’s Search for the World’s Tastiest Piece of Beef, The Dorito Effect: The Surprising New Truth about Food and Flavor, and The End of Craving: Recovering the Lost Wisdom of Eating Well. 


Joe Schwarcz is the Director of McGill University’s “Office for Science and Society” and a Professor in the Department of Chemistry. He is widely regarded as one of the most gifted and effective science communicators in Canada and the world, demystifying science for the public and dispelling misinformation through his long-running radio show on Montreal's CJAD, a weekly column for the Montreal Gazette, hundreds of appearances on television networks including the CBC, CTV, and the Discovery Channel, and 18 books. He has written and spoken extensively on the science and misconceptions surrounding diet and nutrition, and he will serve as the moderator for this event. 


Charles F. Martin Amphitheatre

McIntyre Medical Science Building

3655, Promenade Sir-William-Osler, Montreal, QC, H3G 1Y6 Canada