Peter J. Jones, Canada Research Chair in Functional Foods and Nutrition, joined the University of Manitoba on November 1, 2005, as Director of the Richardson Centre for Functional Foods and Nutraceuticals. Dr. Jones was awarded Distinguished Professor in Human Nutritional Sciences, Agriculture and Food Sciences as well as Food Science, Agriculture & Food Sciences at the University of Manitoba in 2016. Dr Jones' main appointment is in the Department of Food Science with a cross-appointment in Human Nutritional Sciences.
A native of Vancouver, BC, Dr. Jones received a BSc degree in Biochemistry at the University of British Columbia. He obtained an MSc in Human Nutrition at the same institution before completing a PhD in Nutritional Biochemistry from the University of Toronto in 1985. After two years with the Clinical Nutrition Research Center at the University of Chicago as a Medical Research Council of Canada post-doctoral fellow, Dr. Jones spent several years on faculty with the Division of Human Nutrition at the University of British Columbia. Dr. Jones was Director of the School Dietetics and Human Nutrition at McGill University from 1994-1999; in addition to being a professor and holding a cross-appointment in the Dept of Medicine until 2005.
Dr. Jones serves as Past-President of the Danone Institute for Nutrition in Canada and is a Past-President of the Canadian Society for Nutritional Science. He served as Chairman of the Functional Foods and Nutraceuticals Board of the Vancouver-based Forbes Medi-tech group and sat on the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, World Health Organization, and United Nations University (FAO/WHO/UNU) Expert Consultant Panel for Energy and Protein Requirements in Human Nutrition. Dr Jones has served on multiple board of directors and committees including SNPitty Inc., Danone Institute of Canada, Heart & Stroke Foundation of Canada, Soy Nutrition Institute Board, Enterprise Machine Intelligence and Learning Initiative (EMILI), Health Innovation Platform-Canada (HIP-Canada) and TerraVia Inc. Dr Jones serves on national grant review committees including Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) and Heart and Stroke as well as on editorial boards for Journals, including Lipids and Nutrition Reviews.
Dr Jones' research interests cover cholesterol, fat and energy metabolism. He has applied novel stable isotope methodologies to examine the response of these areas of metabolism to dietary intervention. His research group has been active in exploring the dietary determinants which control cholesterol biosynthesis absorption and turnover in humans, as well as how plant sterols act in functional foods as cholesterol-lowering agents. Other areas of research have included re-establishing energy needs in sub-groups of the Canadian population and exploring which fats confer optimal health during weight reducing diets. Dr. Jones has published over 360 peer-reviewed research articles, as well as numerous book/magazine/newspaper articles and international journals.
Dr. Jones received the Distinguished Nutrition Leadership Award and Danone Institute of Canada in 2016, Jiri Frohlich Award in 2014, McHenry Award Distinguished Service in Nutrition in 20122 and the Young Investigator Award for Excellence in Nutrition research in 1997.