Miyoung Suh. RD, PhD

Position: Associate Professor

University of Manitoba
Department of Human Nutritional Sciences
W577 Duff Roblin Building
Winnipeg, MB R3T 2N2  Canada

Phone No.:
(204) 474-8651

Fax No.: (204)474-7593

E-mail: miyoung.suh@umanitoba.ca


Dr. Suh’s research program aims to i) Provide the basic knowledge of the fundamental roles of nutrition in specialized tissues such as the retina and testes function ii) Find mechanisms to explain how essential components of biomembrane work in concert iii) Identify the role of nutrition intervention on pathogenesis of male testicular/sperm/prostate diseases and retinal diseases iv) Translate the basic findings via traditional academic means; further knowledge translate to the medical profession; and then educate the general public about new therapeutic strategies for male reproduction and visual function v) Provide a basis for the development of nutraceuticals and the testing of commercial products on male reproductive health and eye health. Through this exciting multidisciplinary innovative approach, Dr. Suh will generate a dietary guideline which identifies the type and balance of nutrients beneficial to men’s reproductive health and visual health.

M.Sc. Catholic University of Daegu, Food Sci & Nutrition, S. Korea
Ph.D. University of Alberta, Nutrition and Metabolism, Canada
Dietetic Internship (Clinical Nutrition), Health Science Centre, Winnipeg, Manitoba/ University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta

Teaching areas:

  • Clinical Nutrition
  • Sports Nutrition
  • Practice-based Research for Dietetics

Areas of Specialization:
Dietary Lipids on Cellular Metabolism and Function

Research Interests:

  • Nutrition and visual function
  • Effects of dietary lipids in retinal diseases (diabetic retinopathy, retinitis pigmentosa, and macular degeneration)
  • Nutrition, alcohol and reproductive function
  • Effects of lipids/functional foods/alcohol in sperm and testosterone production in chronic disease states

Select Publications:

  1. Dornstauder B, Suh M, Kuny S, Gaillard F & MacDonald IM, Clandinin MT & Sauvé Y. (2011) Dietary docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) supplementation prevents age-related functional losses and lipofuscin accumulation in the retina (Submitted to Invest. Ophthalmol. Vis. Sci : IOVS-11-8569)
  2. Kreuzer MB, Garcha J, Kuny S, Tyson R Kinnick TR, Yang K, Suh M, Bartel D, Gaillard F, Chan CB, & Sauvé Y (2011) Retinopathy in a cone-rich rodent model of spontaneous type 2 diabetes (submitted to Diabetes)
  3. Castellano CA, Audet I, Laforest JP, Matte J & Suh M  (2011) Fish oil diets alter the phospholipid balance, fatty acid composition, and steroid hormone concentrations in testes of adult pigs. Theriogenol.  76:1134-1145.
  4. Suh M, Merrells KJ, Dick A & Taylor CG (2011) Testes of obese rats are highly responsive to n-3 long-chain fatty acids. Br J Nutr. 13:1-8.
  5. Li Y, Friel JK, Suh M, & Diehl-Jones WL (2010) Antioxidant properties of breast milk in a novel in vitro digestion/enterocyte model. J. Pediatr. Gastroenterol. Nutr. 50:670-676.
  6. Suh M, Sauve Y, Murray C, Kang JX & Ma DLW (2009) Supranormal electroretinogram (ERG) in fat-1 mice with retinas enriched in docosahexaenoic acid and n-3 very long chain fatty acids (VLCFA, C24-C36)  Invest. Ophthalmol. Vis. Sci. 50:4394-4401.
  7. Riediger ND, Azordegan N, Harris-Janz S, Ma DW, Suh M & Moghadasian MH (2009) ‘Designer oils’ low in n-6: n-3 fatty acid ratio beneficially modifies cardiovascular risks in mice. Eur. J. Nutr. 48:307-314.
  8. Merrells KJ, Blewett H, Jamieson JA, Taylor CG & Suh M (2009) Relationship between abnormal sperm morphology induced by dietary zinc deficiency and lipid composition in testis of growing rats. Br. J. Nutr. 102:226-232.
  9. Riediger ND, Othman RA, Suh M & Moghadasian MH (2009) A systemic review of the roles of n-3 fatty acids in health and disease. J Am Diet Assoc. 109:668-679.
  10. Carpentier S, Knaus M & Suh M (2009) Associations between lutein, zeaxanthin and age-related macular degeneration: an overview. Crit. Rev. Food Sci. Nutr. 49:313-326.
  11. Merrells KJ, Friel JK, Knaus M & Suh M (2008) Following two diet-restricted male outdoor rock climbers: Impact on oxidative stress and improvements in markers of cardiovascular risk. Appl. Physiol. Nutr. Metab. 33:1250-1256.
  12. Riediger ND, Othman R, Fitz E, Pierce GN, Suh M, & Moghadasian MH (2008) Low n-6: n-3 fatty acid ratio, with fish- or flaxseed oil, in a high fat diet improves plasma lipids and beneficially alters tissue fatty acid composition in mice. Eur. J. Nutr. 47:153-160.
  13. Othman RA, Suh M, Fischer G, Azordegan N, Riediger N, Le K, Jassal DS & Moghadasian MH (2008) A comparison of the effects of fish oil and flaxseed oil on cardiac allograft chronic rejection in rats. Am. J. Physiol. Heart Circ. Physiol. 294: H1452-1458.