Dr. Grace Marquis is an Associate Professor in the School of Human Nutrition at McGill University. She received her doctorate in international nutrition from Cornell University. Her research career began almost 40 years ago at the Nutrition Research Institute in Lima, Peru. In 1999, her research group began working in Ghana, West Africa. The long-term collaborations in both countries continue today. Her community-based research has examined determinants of diet and nutritional status of infants and young children living in poverty and the means by which families, communities, and societies can intervene to promote optimal feeding and caregiving. Her research group develops cross-sector, integrated strategies that support child health and growth, with a special focus on those living in rural communities.
The long-term collaboration with the University of Ghana led to the building of the Nutrition Research and Training Centre, a permanent structure in the Eastern Region of Ghana that houses research projects and training opportunities for local and international graduate students and interns. Dr. Marquis was Canadian Research Chair in Social and Environmental Aspects of Nutrition for 10 years and received a Doctorate of Laws, honoris causa, for her contribution to tertiary education from the University of Ghana in 2013.