Dr. Robert Bandsma, MD, PhD is a pediatric clinician-scientist and staff Gastroenterologist and Nutritionist at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto (Canada). He is an assistant professor at the Department of Nutritional Sciences of the University of Toronto and an honorary lecturer at the College of Medicine of the University of Malawi. He is also cross-appointed at the University Medical Center Groningen in the Netherlands.
Dr. Robert Bandsma earned a PhD in Nutrition and Metabolism at the University of Groningen in the Netherlands where he also competed his MD and pediatric training. He then pursued a subspecialty Fellowship in the Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto. After this, Dr Bandsma completed additional training in Tropical Pediatrics at the Academic Medical Center in Amsterdam (The Netherlands), and at the Tropical School of Medicine in Liverpool (U.K.). His accomplishments during his post-doctoral training in the laboratory of Dr. Gary Lewis, Division of Advanced Diagnostics – Metabolism at the Toronto General Research Institute, were recognized and Dr Bandsma received a Canadian Institutes for Health Research (CIHR) Post-Doctoral Fellowship Award.
Dr. Bandsma’s clinical and basic research focuses on understanding the dysregulations in nutrient absorption and metabolism in the context of illness and severe malnutrition. Specifically, he is interested in the defective regulation of carbohydrates, lipids and bile acids. Dr. Bandsma also aims to understand intestinal dysfunction and metabolic dysadaptation in severe malnutrition. Apart from clinical trials and observational studies, his lab uses cell-based approaches or in vivo animal models to unravel mechanisms of disease and develop novel interventions to improve the outcome of malnourished children.
The Childhood Acute Illness and Nutrition Network (CHAIN) is a multinational research group that aims to optimize the management and care of highly vulnerable children in resource-limited settings to improve survival, growth and development.