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Digital diagnosis of population nutrition

Digital diagnosis of population nutrition

What: Webinar
When: June 18, 2015
Time: 12:00 PM
Understanding consumer food choices are important to promoting healthier diets and preventing obesity and chronic diseases such as diabetes and heart disease. However, currently available methods (ex. diet surveys) to track population-level eating behaviors are resource intensive and subject to significant measurement error and bias, and therefore not practical for routine public health use. In this webinar, you will learn about a novel approach to tracking consumer food choices - using digital food purchasing data from grocery stores - and how this information can be used to develop more targeted strategies to promote healthy eating and monitor the effectiveness of such efforts.


  1. Describe the development and validation of an indicator of population-level food purchasing using automatically captured store scanner data in Montreal
  2. Present how food purchasing surveillance can be used to promote healthier diets and monitor the effectiveness of healthy eating interventions
  3. Explore how this approach can be adapted and implemented in various settings



David Buckeridge MD PhD is an Associate Professor of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at McGill University in Montreal where he holds a Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) Chair in E-Health Interventions. A Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada with specialty training in Public Health and Preventive Medicine, Dr Buckeridge is a clinician-scientist with a research and practice focus on computational methods and systems to improve the health of individuals and the effectiveness of health systems. At McGill, Dr Buckeridge directs an interdisciplinary group with a mission to develop, implement, and evaluate novel computational methods for data and knowledge-driven decision-support. His research activities are funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, the National Sciences and Engineering Research Council, the Canadian Foundation for Innovation, and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Dr Buckeridge has consulted to groups such as the Public Health Agency of Canada, Canada Health Infoway, the US Institute of Medicine, the US and Chinese Centers for Disease Control, the European Centers for Disease Control, and the World Health Organization. He has a M.D. from Queen's University, a M.Sc. in Epidemiology from the University of Toronto, and a Ph.D. in Biomedical informatics from Stanford University.