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Leah CahillRD/PDt, PhD

Howard Webster Department of Medicine Research Chair, Assistant professor


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Department of Medicine , Department of Community Health and Epidemiology

Email: leah.cahill@dal.ca
Mailing Address: 
Centre for Clinical Research
5790 University Avenue
Suite 402
Halifax, NS, B3H 1V7
Research Topics:
  • nutrition
  • dietetics
  • dietary and genetic origins of cardiometabolic disease (cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, and obesity)
  • nutritional sciences and dietetics (in-patient, out-patient, and public health)
  • epidemiology and biostatistics
  • novel biomarkers
  • gene-environment interactions
  • eating habits including the timing and frequency of eating
  • patient-centered research, patient-oriented research



  • Postdoc: Harvard University, 2015
  • PhD: University of Toronto, Nutritional Sciences, 2010
  • RD/PDt: Manitoba Partnership Program, Dietetic Internship, 2006
  • BSc: University of Manitoba, Human Nutritional Sciences, 2005

Research interests

As well as continuing to develop her research career, Dr. Cahill acts as the Department of Medicine’s liaison with the Maritime SPOR Support Unit and has a leadership role in supporting and growing research in the Department, including developing collaborative research to enhance the research productivity of the Department of Medicine.


Selected awards

  • Circulation’s Best Paper in Population Science Award, 2013
  • Scott Grundy Fellowship Award for Excellence in Metabolism Research, American Heart Association, 2012
  • Outstanding Fellow Award, Program in Cardiovascular Epidemiology, Harvard University, 2011
  • CIHR Post-Doctoral Fellowship Award (ranked in the top 5), 2010-14