Dr. Susan Whiting

B.Sc. (York), M.Sc. (U.N.B.), Ph.D. (Guelph)
Professor of Nutrition and Dietetics

E3212 Health Sciences
Phone: 306-966-5837
Fax: 306-966-6377

Dr. Whiting, a member of Faculty since 1988, completed postdoctoral training (Medicine - Renal Physiology) at the University of British Columbia and previously taught at MountSaint Vincent University in Halifax . She is a member of Dietitians of Canada, the Canadian Society for Nutritional Sciences, the American Society for Nutrition and the American Public Health Association. She is a consultant to the Scientific Advisory Board for Osteoporosis Canada and is on the Steering Committee of Canada's Community Health Measures Survey. She sits on the Board of Directors for the Child Hunger and Education Program in Saskatoon .

For over 30 years she has conducted research on diet influences on bone health, specifically effects of protein, soft drinks, and calcium on children’s bone growth. She has also investigated the effectiveness and use of nutrient supplements, acid-base effects on bone, and, in the past decade, the vitamin D status of Canadians. She has taught for over 25 years in nutrition programs and has supervised over 20 graduate students in Masters and PhD programs, and was given the University of Saskatchewan ’s Distinguished Supervisor award in 2009.

Internationally she has undertaken many activities related to the DRIs, and sits on the International Institute for Bone Health and Nutrition. Locally, she is on the Boards of CHEP Good Food and Station 20 West, both being community-based organizations devoted to solving food insecurity.

Teaching Responsibilities

Undergraduate courses Advanced Nutrition: Micronutrients and Nutritional Assessment (co-teaches); team teaches the graduate course Advances in Human Nutrition Research.

Research Interests

Dietary assessment and nutritional epidemiology; dietary effects on calcium metabolism; nutrition and osteoporosis; access to healthy food; dietary need in long-term care; bioavailability and safety of nutritional supplements. Current research is supported by grants from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research and the Saskatchewan Health Research Foundation.

Scholarly Works (view more on Scopus)

Hanley, D.A., Whiting, S.J. Does a High Dietary Acid Content Cause Bone Loss, and Can Bone Loss Be Prevented With an Alkaline Diet? (2013) Journal of Clinical Densitometry. Article in Press.

Whiting, S.J., Calvo, M.S. Current Understanding of Vitamin D Metabolism, Nutritional Status, and Role in Disease Prevention11FDA Disclaimer (2013) Nutrition in the Prevention and Treatment of Disease, pp. 811-837.

Bonjour, J.-P., Kraenzlin, M., Levasseur, R., Warren, M., Whiting, S. Dairy in Adulthood: From Foods to Nutrient Interactions on Bone and Skeletal Muscle Health (2013) Journal of the American College of Nutrition, 32 (4), pp. 251-263.

Ginter, J.K., Krithika, S., Gozdzik, A., Hanwell, H., Whiting, S., Parra, E.J. Vitamin D status of older adults of diverse ancestry living in the greater Toronto area (2013) BMC Geriatrics, 13 (1), art. no. 66.

Langsetmo, L., Berger, C., Kreiger, N., et al. Calcium and Vitamin D intake and mortality: Results from the Canadian Multicentre Osteoporosis Study (CaMos) (2013) Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism, 98 (7), pp. 3010-3018.

Billinsky, J., Glew, R.A., Cornish, S.M., Whiting, S.J., Thorpe, L.U., Alcorn, J., Paus-Jenssen, L., Hadjistavropoulos, T., Chilibeck, P.D. No evidence of hypoglycemia or hypotension in older adults during 6 months of flax lignan supplementation in a randomized controlled trial: A safety evaluation (2013) Pharmaceutical Biology, 51 (6), pp. 778-782.

Viveky, N., Billinsky, J., Thorpe, L., Alcorn, J., Hadjistavropoulos, T., Whiting, S.J. Challenges in planning long-term care menus that meet dietary recommendations (2013) Canadian Journal of Dietetic Practice and Research, 74 (2), pp. 84-87.

Mihalynuk, T., Whiting, S. The role of dietitians in providing guidance on the use of natural health products (2013) Canadian Journal of Dietetic Practice and Research, 74 (2), pp. 58-62.

Greene-Finestone, L.S., Langlois, K.A., Whiting, S.J. Characteristics of users of supplements containing vitamin D in Canada and associations between dose and 25-hydroxvitamin D (2013) Applied Physiology, Nutrition and Metabolism, 38 (7), pp. 707-715.

Setayeshgar, S., Whiting, S.J., Vatanparast, H. Prevalence of 10-year risk of cardiovascular diseases and associated risks in Canadian adults: The contribution of cardiometabolic risk assessment introduction (2013) International Journal of Hypertension, 2013, art. no. 276564.

Chilibeck, P.D., Vatanparast, H., Pierson, R., Case, A., Olatunbosun, O., Whiting, S.J., Beck, T.J., Pahwa, P., Biem, H.J. Effect of exercise training combined with isoflavone supplementation on bone and lipids in postmenopausal women: A randomized clinical trial (2013) Journal of Bone and Mineral Research, 28 (4), pp. 780-793.

Battault, S., Whiting, S.J., Peltier, S.L., Sadrin, S., Gerber, G., Maixent, J.M. Vitamin D metabolism, functions and needs: From science to health claims (2013) European Journal of Nutrition, 52 (2), pp. 429-441.

Koo, M., Whiting, S. Development of a resource: To help consumers select nutrition supplements (2013) Canadian Journal of Dietetic Practice and Research, 74 (1), pp. e304-e310.

Calvo, M.S., Whiting, S.J. Survey of current vitamin D food fortification practices in the United States and Canada (2013) Journal of Steroid Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, 136 (1), pp. 211-213.

Nikpartow, N., Danyliw, A.D., Whiting, S.J., Lim, H.J., Vatanparast, H. Beverage consumption patterns of Canadian adults aged 19 to 65 years (2012) Public Health Nutrition, 15 (12), pp. 2175-2184.

Danyliw, A.D., Vatanparast, H., Nikpartow, N., Whiting, S.J. Beverage patterns among Canadian children and relationship to overweight and obesity (2012) Applied Physiology, Nutrition and Metabolism, 37 (5), pp. 900-906.

Nikpartow, N., Danyliw, A.D., Whiting, S.J., Lim, H., Vatanparast, H. Fruit Drink Consumption Is Associated With Overweight and Obesity in Canadian Women (2012) Canadian Journal of Public Health, 103 (3), pp. 178-182.

Dubyk, M.D., Card, R.T., Whiting, S.J., Boyle, C.A.J., Zlotkin, S.H., Paterson, P.G. Iron deficiency anemia prevalence at first stroke or transient ischemic attack (2012) Canadian Journal of Neurological Sciences, 39 (2), pp. 189-195.

Tereszkowski, C.M., Simpson, J.A.R., Whiting, S.J., Buchholz, A.C. Body mass, vitamin D and alcohol intake, lactose intolerance, and television watching influence bone mineral density of young, healthy Canadian women (2012) Journal of the American College of Nutrition, 31 (1), pp. 24-31.

Viveky, N., Toffelmire, L., Thorpe, L., Billinsky, J., Alcorn, J., Hadjistavropoulos, T., Whiting, S.J. Use of vitamin and mineral supplements in longterm care home residents (2012) Applied Physiology, Nutrition and Metabolism, 37 (1), pp. 100-105.

Whiting, S.J., Calvo, M.S. Nutrition and lifestyle effects on vitamin D status (2011) Vitamin D, pp. 979-1007.

Danyliw, A.D., Vatanparast, H., Nikpartow, N., Whiting, S.J. Beverage intake patterns of Canadian children and adolescents (2011) Public Health Nutrition, 14 (11), pp. 1961-1969.

Li, W., Green, T.J., Innis, S.M., Barr, S.I., Whiting, S.J., Shand, A., von Dadelszen, P. Suboptimal vitamin d levels in pregnant women despite supplement use (2011) Canadian Journal of Public Health, 102 (4), pp. 308-312.

Whiting, S.J., Langlois, K.A., Vatanparast, H., Greene-Finestone, L.S. The vitamin D status of Canadians relative to the 2011 Dietary Reference Intakes: An examination in children and adults with and without supplement use (2011) American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 94 (1), pp. 128-135.

Schwalfenberg, G.K., Whiting, S.J. A Canadian response to the 2010 Institute of Medicine vitamin D and calcium guidelines (2011) Public Health Nutrition, 14 (4), pp. 746-748.

Gougeon, L.A.R., Henry, C.J., Ramdath, D., Whiting, S.J. Dietary analysis of randomly selected meals from the Child Hunger and Education Program School Nutrition Program in Saskatchewan, Canada, suggests that nutrient target levels are being provided (2011) Nutrition Research, 31 (3), pp. 215-222.

Bischoff-Ferrari, H.A., Dawson-Hughes, B., Whiting, S.J. Vitamin D supplementation and fracture risk (2011) Archives of Internal Medicine, 171 (3), p. 265.

Partyka B, Whiting SJ. (2010) Infant Nutrition in Saskatoon : exploring breastfeeding and formula feeding practices and barriers to infant food security. Canadian Journal of Dietetic Practice and Research. Accepted

Vatanparast H, Baxter-Jones A, Bailey DA, Whiting SJ. (2010) Calcium accrual during growth: using data from a cohort of Canadian adolescents to determine calcium requirements. British Journal of Nutrition. 103(4):575-580

JL Adolphe, SJ Whiting, BH Juurlink, LU Thorpe, J Alcorn.(2010) Health Effects with Consumption of the Flax Lignan Secoisolariciresinol Diglucoside. British Journal of Nutrition. In press

Grant W, Whiting S, Schwalfenberg G, Genuis S (2010) An estimate of the economic burden and premature deaths due to vitamin D deficiency in Canada . Molecular Nutrition & Food Research Accepted

Hanley D, Cranney A, Jones G, Whiting SJ, Leslie W, Cole DE, Atkinson SA, Josse RG, Feldman S, Kline GA, and Rosen C (2010). Vitamin D in Adult Health and Disease: A review and guideline statement from Osteoporosis Canada [Long version]. ReSubmitted to CMAJ January 2010.

Vatanparast V, Adolphe JL. Whiting SJ (2010) Determinants of the use of vitamin/mineral supplements in Canada . Health Reports Accepted

Kaasalainen S, Williams J, Hadjistavropoulos T, Thorpe L, Whiting S, Neville S, Tremeer J. (2010) Creating Bridges Between Researchers and Long Term Care Homes to Promote Quality of Life for Residents. Qualitative Health Research, accepted.

Whiting SJ, Calvo MS (2010) Correcting Vitamin D deficiency: Do older adults need higher repletion doses of vitamin D3 than younger adults? Molecular Nutrition & Food Research Accepted

Hanley D, Cranney A, Jones G, Whiting SJ, Leslie W. (2010). Vitamin D in Adult Health and Disease: A review and guideline statement from Osteoporosis Canada (Short Version). ReSubmitted to CMAJ January 2010.

Research Category Keywords

Clinical Research, Nutrition, Toxicology, Nutritional Epidemiology, Osteoporosis