Dr. Johane P. Allard is Professor of Medicine at the University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada and is crossed-appointed at the Department of Nutritional Sciences and Institute of Medical Sciences. She is also a Senior Scientist at the Toronto General Research Institute and a member of the School of Graduate Studies at University of Toronto. She trained in gastroenterology at McGill University before completing a research fellowship funded by the National Institute of Nutrition at the University of Toronto.
Dr. Allard is a clinician-investigator, with a research focus in nutrition and gastrointestinal disorders. She is currently conducting several studies funded by peer-reviewed agencies in patients requiring nutrition support, people with non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) and patients with morbid obesity undergoing bariatric surgery. She is also conducting research on malnutrition in Canadian hospitals and has developed a research program on the intestinal microbiome related to the Metabolic-Syndrome. She is the recipient of several CIHR grants looking at the association between the intestinal microbiome and obesity/metabolic syndrome which include assessing the effect of fecal microbiota transplant on the outcomes of these patients. Her publications are primarily in the area of micronutrients, oxidative stress, malnutrition, nutrition support and NAFLD including steatohepatitis (NASH). For NAFLD, she has published on nutrition, gene expression, intestinal microbiota, metabolic syndrome, morbid obesity and bariatric surgery.
Dr. Allard is the Director of the Nutrition Support Program at the University Health Network (UHN). She works with a multidisciplinary nutrition support team and is the Chair of the Nutrition Review Committee. She is also the past-chair the Royal College of Physician and Surgeon Examining Board in Gastroenterology and co-founder of the Canadian Nutrition Society and member of its Advisory Board. She has been the co-chair of the Canadian Malnutrition Task Force. In addition, she was the Department Division Director of Gastroenterology at the University of Toronto from 2006 to 2018 and the Division Head at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Center from 2009 to 2014.