Dr. Alexandra JenkinsDirector of Research
Dr. Jenkins’ research career started in 1979, in Oxford, where she was part of the research team that developed the concept of slow release carbohydrate and the Glycemic Index. She obtained her BSc from the University of Toronto and completed her PhD at the University of Surrey in the United Kingdom. Dr. Jenkins’ major research focus has been the potential role of diet and dietary supplements in the treatment of chronic diseases. Her most recent research interest is the use of Salvia Hispanica L., a seed rich in omega-3 and viscous fibre, and its role in weight loss and weight maintenance and the role of dietary nitrate on arterial stiffness. She has been an author or co-author on over 150 publications in peer-reviewed journals.
Dr. Jenkins is a member of the American Society for Nutrition, Diabetes Canada, Ontario College of Dietitians and Dietitians of Canada. She is a sought-after lecturer on nutritional modification of cardiovascular risk factors and diabetes.
In addition to her role as Director of Research at INQUIS Clinical Research, she is also a Senior Research Associate at the Clinical Nutrition and Risk Factor Modification Centre at St. Michael’s Hospital, Toronto, where her research focuses on investigating the potential utility of nutraceuticals and functional foods in the treatment of diabetes.
Jenkins AL, Morgan LM, Bishop J, Jovanovski E, Jenkins DJA, Vuksan V. Co-administration of a konjac-based fibre blend and American ginseng (Panax quinquefolius L.) on glycaemic control and serum lipids in type 2 diabetes: a randomized controlled, cross-over clinical trial. European Journal of Nutrition. 2017;57(6):2217-2225. doi:10.1007/s00394-017-1496-x.
Vuksan V, Jenkins AL, Brissette C, Choleva L, Jovanovski E, Gibbs AL, Bazinet RP, Au-Yeung F, Zurbau A, Ho HV, Duvnjak L, Sievenpiper JL, Josse RG, Hanna A. Salba-chia (Salvia hispanica L.) in the treatment of overweight and obese patients with type 2 diabetes: A double-blind randomized controlled trial. Nutr Metab Cardiovasc Dis. 2017 Feb;27(2):138-146.
Jenkins AL, Morgan LM, Bishop J, Jovanovski E, Vuksan V. Randomized Clinical Trial in Healthy Individuals on the Effect of Viscous Fiber Blend on Glucose Tolerance When Incorporated in Capsules or into the Carbohydrate or Fat Component of the Meal. Journal of the American College of Nutrition. 2014;33(5):400-405. doi:10.1080/07315724.2014.905762.
Jenkins AL, Kacinik V, Lyon M, Wolever TM. Effect of adding the novel fiber, PGX®, to commonly consumed foods on glycemic response, glycemic index and GRIP: a simple and effective strategy for reducing post prandial blood glucose levels – a randomized, controlled trial. Nutrition Journal. 2010;9(1). doi:10.1186/1475-2891-9-58.
Jovanovski E, Bosco L, Khan K, et al. Effect of Spinach, a High Dietary Nitrate Source, on Arterial Stiffness and Related Hemodynamic Measures: A Randomized, Controlled Trial in Healthy Adults. Clinical Nutrition Research. 2015;4(3):160. doi:10.7762/cnr.2015.4.3.160.