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Emanuela Pannia

Emanuela Pannia, PhD, profile picture

Research Institute, Hospital for Sick Children

Postdoc Fellowship Funding Recipient


Research Interests: neuromuscular disorders, nutrition, genetics, gene x environment, metabolism, early life programming, translational models

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Biography

Dr. Emanuela Pannia completed her undergraduate training in Behaviour, Genetics and Neurobiology (Dr. Robert Gerlai) and her PhD in Nutritional Sciences (Dr. Harvey Anderson) at The University of Toronto (2016-2021). During her PhD, she conducted pioneering research that showed excess intakes of methyl nutrients to be in utero modifiers of central (brain) and peripheral (muscle and liver) energy regulatory pathways predicting later-life health and disease risks. In parallel to her graduate training, she worked at the Zebrafish Core Facility at The Hospital for Sick Children (Toronto, Canada), which is directed and co-founded by Dr. Jim Dowling. Here, she collaborated to create zebrafish models that accurately model a wide range of neuromuscular diseases. She is currently a first-year Post-doc in Dr. Jim Dowling’s lab in the Department of Genetics & Genomic Biology at SickKids. Her project focus is on determining the environmental and genetic modifiers of liver dysfunction in X-linked myotubular myopathy using various translational models; with the overall goal of developing personalized therapeutic options to protect against this devastating disease consequence.

 

Dr. Pannia is one of the recipients of the NMD4C and MDC postdoctoral research fellowships for 2022, where her research will involve determining the molecular mechanisms and environmental modifiers of progressive liver disease in X-linked myotubular myopathy.


Recent Publications

Pannia, E, Hammoud, R, Simonian, R, Kubant, R, Anderson, GH. Folate dose and form during pregnancy may program maternal and fetal health and disease risk. Nutr Rev. 2022. PMID:35442434

Pannia, E, Hammoud, R, Kubant, R, Sa, JY, Simonian, R, Wasek, B et al.. High Intakes of [6S]-5-Methyltetrahydrofolic Acid Compared with Folic Acid during Pregnancy Programs Central and Peripheral Mechanisms Favouring Increased Food Intake and Body Weight of Mature Female Offspring. Nutrients. 2021.13 (5) PMID:33925570

Hammoud, R, Pannia, E, Kubant, R, Metherel, A, Simonian, R, Pausova, Z et al.. High Choline Intake during Pregnancy Reduces Characteristics of the Metabolic Syndrome in Male Wistar Rat Offspring Fed a High Fat But Not a Normal Fat Post-Weaning Diet. Nutrients. 2021.13 (5) PMID:33923230

Hammoud, R, Pannia, E, Kubant, R, Wasek, B, Bottiglieri, T, Malysheva, OV et al.. Choline and Folic Acid in Diets Consumed during Pregnancy Interact to Program Food Intake and Metabolic Regulation of Male Wistar Rat Offspring. J Nutr. 2021.151 (4)857-865 PMID:33561219

Pannia, E, Hammoud, R, Simonian, R, Arning, E, Ashcraft, P, Wasek, B et al.. [6S]-5-Methyltetrahydrofolic Acid and Folic Acid Pregnancy Diets Differentially Program Metabolic Phenotype and Hypothalamic Gene Expression of Wistar Rat Dams Post-Birth. Nutrients. 2020.13 (1) PMID:33375730

Pannia, E, Yang, NV, Ho, M, Chatterjee, D, Hammoud, R, Kubant, R et al.. Folic acid content of diet during pregnancy determines post-birth re-set of metabolism in Wistar rat dams. J Nutr Biochem. 2020.83 108414 PMID:32544644

Hammoud, R, Pannia, E, Kubant, R, Liao, CS, Ho, M, Yang, NV et al.. Maternal Choline Intake Programs Hypothalamic Energy Regulation and Later-Life Phenotype of Male Wistar Rat Offspring. Mol Nutr Food Res. 2020.64 (9)e1901178 PMID:32110848

Yang, NV, Pannia, E, Chatterjee, D, Kubant, R, Ho, M, Hammoud, R et al.. Gestational folic acid content alters the development and function of hypothalamic food intake regulating neurons in Wistar rat offspring post-weaning. Nutr Neurosci. 2020.23 (2)149-160 PMID:29848222

Sánchez-Hernández, D, Anderson, GH, Poon, AN, Pannia, E, Cho, CE, Huot, PSP et al.. Maternal fat-soluble vitamins, brain development, and regulation of feeding behavior: an overview of research. Nutr Res. 2016.36 (10)1045-1054 PMID:27865346

Pannia, E, Cho, CE, Kubant, R, Sánchez-Hernández, D, Huot, PS, Harvey Anderson, G et al.. Role of maternal vitamins in programming health and chronic disease. Nutr Rev. 2016.74 (3)166-80 PMID:26883881

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