Empey Lecture | Infant Nutrition and Lessons to Combat COVID-19

Date(s) - 24/03/2022
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Join us for the 2022 Empey Lecture:

Nutrition and Immunity: Infant Nutrition and Lessons to Combat COVID-19

What if the addition of omega-3 fatty acids to a mother’s diet could allow her infant to be safer from allergies, viruses, and even COVID-19 in the future? Professor Catherine Field, PhD, has research to show that these fatty acids can be key to building our immune systems, and how nutrition in the early years impacts our long term health. 

Join us for the live-stream of the 2022 Empey Lecture.

Date: Thursday, March 24

Time: 5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. MST

Cost: Free

Live Q+A to follow the presentation. 


Professor Catherine Field, ’88 PhD, is a Canada Research Chair in Human Nutrition and Metabolism in the Department of Agricultural, Food & Nutritional Science at the University of Alberta. Her research program centers on the effect of nutrition on the immune system. Current research includes establishing the role of polyunsaturated fats on immune development, the use of fatty acids in the prevention and treatment of breast cancer and identifying the association between nutritional status and maternal mental health and infant neuro-physical development. Professor Field has published more than 275 peer-reviewed publications and trained more thanover 100 students in research. She is a fellow of the Canadian Council for Health Research and an associate editor for the journal Advances in Nutrition

The Empey Lecture is an annual lecture series hosted by the Department of Human Ecology, and named in honour of professor Elizabeth Empey, Dean of Home Economics at the University of Alberta from 1960 to 1976.