Congratulations to Nancy Presse, a researcher at the Research Centre of the Institut universitaire de gériatrie de Montréal (CIUSSS Centre-Sud de l’île-de-Montréal), who won the award for best scientific article in 2021 from the Ordre des diététistes nutritionnistes du Québec at its “Prix et distinctions” gala on October 21.
Nancy Presse is also an Assistant Professor in the Department of Community Health Sciences in the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences at the Université de Sherbrooke and a researcher at the Research Centre on Aging (CdRV).
The article* that received this award was published in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, one of the highest ranked journals in its field (impact factor = 7).
The article focuses on the study of dietary proteins that are known to be associated with improved muscle function in aging. Nancy Presse and her team examined the impact of the distribution of these proteins between meals on muscle strength and physical performance in community-dwelling older men and women.
The results show that higher daily protein intake (up to 30-50 g of protein per meal) can help improve knee extensor muscle strength and physical performance in healthy older men and women. Other aspects of protein intake, other than just the daily amount, may therefore contribute to muscle strength and physical performance, including the amount of protein consumed per meal. The study was conducted by a PhD student from the Netherlands, Ms. Linda Hengeveld, visiting the Nancy Presse laboratory, as part of an international collaboration with the PROMISS consortium.
*Hengeveld, L. M., Chevalier, S., Visser, M., Gaudreau, P., & Presse, N. (2021). Prospective associations of protein intake parameters with muscle strength and physical performance in community-dwelling older men and women from the Quebec NuAge cohort. The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 113(4), 972-983.