Catherine FieldCatherine Field, PhD

Office:     4-126 Li Ka Shing Centre for Health Research Innovation
Mail:       University of Alberta, Edmonton AB T6G 2E1
Phone:   780-492-2597
Fax:       780-492-4265


Current Position

Professor, Department of Agricultural, Food & Nurtitional Science


Research Area


Nutrition and metabolism



Current Research Activities


My research program centers on the effect of nutrition on the immune system. Current areas of my research are:


  • The role of diet in the initiation of autoimmune-mediated insulin dependent diabetes mellitus (type I diabetes),
  • The role of polyunsaturated fats in development of the immune system and in the treatment of inflammation in metabolic syndrome and type 2 diabetes
  • The effect of dietary nutrients on the gut associated immune system
  • The use of specific lipids in the prevention and treatment of cancer and the modulation of immune function and tumor metabolism




PhD, University of Alberta



Selected Publications


R Gougeon, M Carrington, CJ Field. Low Carbohydrate Diets in the Management of Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus.  Canadian Journal of Diabetes 30(3) (in press), 2006.


R Stillie, R Bell, CJ Field. Diabetes-prone BB rats do not have a normal immune response when weaned to a diet containing fermentable fibre. British Journal of Nutrition 93: 645-653, 2005.


R Gougeon, M Spidel, K Lee, CJ Field. National nutrition committee’s technical review of non-nutritive intense sweeteners use in diabetes management. Canadian Journal of Diabetes 28(4): 385-399, 2004.


BA O’Brien, WE Fieldus, CJ Field, DT Finegood. Clearance of apoptotic ß-cells is reduced in neonatal autoimmune diabetes-prone rats. Cell Death and Differentiation 9: 457-464, 2002.


J Lu, CJ Field, TK Basu. The immune responses to diabetes in BB rats supplemented with vitamin A.  Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry 11, 515-520, 2000.


JR Gingras, V Harber, CJ Field, LJ McCargar. (2000) Metabolic assessment of female chronic dieters with either a normal or a low resting energy expenditure. American J Clinical Nutrition 71, 1413-1420, 2000.


Nutrition and Immune Function. Edited by PC Calder, CJ Field, HS Gill. CABI Publishing, CAB International, Wallingford, Oxon, UK, 426 Pages, 2002.


PC Calder, CJ Field. Fatty acids, inflammation and immunity.  In: Nutrition and Immune Function. Editors Calder PC, Field CJ, Gill HS. CABI Publishing, CABI International, Wallingford, Oxon, UK, 57-93, 2002.


PD Schley, CJ Field. The effect of prebiotics on immune function. British J of Nutrition 87:S221-S230, 2002.


CJ Field, C Butler. Chapter 12, The BB rat: a unique model of human type 1 diabetes.  In: Experimental Models of Diabetes. Editor McNeill JH. CRC Press/St. Lucie Press Book Division, Boca Raton, FL, USA. 295-366, 1999.