Shirin Panahi, PhD

Scientific Director
Canadian Nutrition Society

Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion: Shaping Tomorrow's Leaders Trainee Symposium

Join us for a dynamic and engaging symposium focused on Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI), designed specifically for trainees aspiring to be catalysts for positive change in their fields. This symposium offers a unique opportunity to explore and discuss the critical importance of EDI in shaping inclusive and equitable futures. Through interactive and thought-provoking roundtable discussions, participants will examine various aspects of EDI, including understanding allyship, recognizing implicit biases, and fostering inclusive environments. Attendees will gain valuable insights, practical strategies, and tools to champion EDI principles in their academic and professional endeavors. This symposium provides a platform to deepen your understanding of EDI and cultivate the skills needed to drive meaningful change. This event is supported by the CIHR INMD Training and Community Support Grant.

Speaker/Chair Bio:

As the Scientific Director of the Canadian Nutrition Society (CNS), Dr. Shirin Panahi provides scientific leadership, guidance for programs and educational initiatives offered by CNS, trainee supervision and mentorship and the development of knowledge translation work including infographics, resource documents, and nutrition modules. Among the many projects at CNS, she is currently leading and collaborating on a major initiative that involves developing a Nutrition in Medical Education Program (NutriMEd) for healthcare professionals in training and in practice to increase their level of confidence in providing nutrition guidance. She is also the host of the new CNS podcast, Nutrition Conversations ( Shirin is also an adjunct professor in the Department of Kinesiology, Faculty of Medicine at Université Laval in Quebec City. Her research is primarily focused on exploring the effects of diet and its components on appetite control, metabolic health and lifestyle factors in the prevention and management of obesity. Recently, she has developed an interest in the promotion of healthy lifestyles through university health promotion programs through her continued university collaborations. Shirin completed her postdoctoral fellowships at Université Laval and received her BSc (Hon) in life sciences and MSc and PhD in nutritional sciences from the University of Toronto.