About Us

The DHA/EPA Omega-3 Institute was founded to help educate health professionals and the public about the physiologically-essential nutrients - docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), and eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA). These types of omega-3 fatty acids are most commonly found in fish, seafood, and other marine sources.

Dr. Bruce Holub Bio:

Dr. Bruce Holub

Dr. Holub is University Professor Emeritus, Department of Human Health & Nutritional Sciences at the University of Guelph. He received his B.Sc. degree from the University of Guelph (1967) and his Ph.D. (Major in Biochemistry with Minor in Nutrition) from the University of Toronto (1971). Dr. Holub received Post-doctoral training as an MRC Fellow at the University of Michigan Medical School. He has served as President, Nutrition Society of Canada and Chair, Nutrition Task Force (Heart & Stroke Foundation of Ontario). He has authored over 200 papers in scientific journals (medical, nutrition, other) in addition to various book chapters and conference proceedings. His research program is focused on dietary omega-3 fatty acids from fish/fish oils, plant oils, and resulting nutraceuticals plus functional foods for human health and the prevention/management of cardiovascular disease and other chronic disorders.

As well, he has been active in the evaluation of nutraceuticals and agri-foods for improving human health, disease prevention and management, and their potential for considerable cost-savings to the healthcare system. He has also been studying the composition and health risks associated with foods containing 'trans' fatty acids. Dr. Holub also maintains active collaborative research with clinical groups at various Canadian medical schools, the Mayo Clinic in the United States, Japan, Greenland, and the agri-food sectors.

Dr. Holub has spoken at over 300 off-campus events (invited speaker-to universities, international conferences, food companies, medical groups, government agencies, lay groups) in over 15 countries. Dr. Holub has over 30 appearances on national TV in Canada (national news on CBC, CTV, Global, in addition to talk shows including 'Marketplace', 'Michael Coren Live', '2nd Opinion', 'Medical Hotseat', and others). Dr. Holub has given over 200 interviews for various newspapers in Canada and the U.S. (Globe and Mail, Toronto Star, National Post, Montreal Gazette, Hamilton Spectator, etc) and magazines (Men's Health, Prevention Magazine, Chatelaine, McLean 's, etc).

DHA/EPA Omega-3 Institute Team:

Dr. Bruce Holub, PhD Scientific Director
Steve Holub, M.A. Managing Director
Laura Holub, M.Sc. Research Associate
Regina Smerd, B. Sc.
Andrew Jenkins, M. Sc.
Lipid Analytical Lab
Lipid Analytical Lab

Recent Selected Publications:

Lacombe, R. J. S., Kratz, R. J., and Holub, B. J. Directly quantified dietary n-3 fatty acid intakes of Canadian toddlers are lower than current dietary recommendations. Nutrition Res.,53: 85-91, 2018.

Forsyth, S., Calder, P. C.,Zotor, F., Amuna, P., Meyer, B., and Holub, B. Dietary docosahexaenoic acid and arachidonic acid in early life: What is the best evidence for policymakers? Ann. Nutr. Metab.,72: 210-222, 2018.

Dellinger, M. J.,Olson, J. T.,Holub, B. J., and Ripley, M. P. Mercury, polychlorinated biphenyls, selenium, and fatty acids in Tribal fish harvests of the Upper Great Lakes. Risk. Anal., in press, 2018.

Contact Information:

If you'd like to ask an Omega-3 related question you couldn't find your answers to, please feel free to ask us a question. We'll point you in the right direction and/or add your question (and our answer) to our FAQ page to help out others in the future.

Requests for information regarding lipid/fatty acid analyses can be obtained from Mr. Andrew Jenkins, Director of the Lipid Analytical Lab (LAL) via email at andrew@lipidanalytical.ca or via phone at (519)-766-1510.

The institute can also be reached via post at the following address:

DHA/EPA Omega-3 Institute
150 Research Lane, Rm. 100
University of Guelph Research Park
Guelph, ON, Canada N1G 4T2