Research Project

Linear programming and optimization modeling for health sciences

Optimization modeling for individual dietary patterns to meet nutrient recommendations and reduce risk of diet-related chronic diseases: Implications for 2019 Canada’s Food Guide

In March 2020, I completed a second seminar for the Department of Animal Science at McGill University. This presentation was to introduce the research topic for the scope of my masters. For the project, I generated a mathematical optimization equation (as shown below) based on an extensive literature review. I then translated this equation into AMPL to be run in R using Canadian Community Health Survey data. Due to COVID-19 University closures, I gave this proposal seminar as part of a Zoom-hosted web series. Presenting online helped emphasize the importance of clarity and pacing.

Below you can find the abstract and several key slides from the seminar. Please do not hesistate to reach out if you have any questions about the research! Cheers.



Sample presentation slides

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Presentation references

  1. Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. Food-based dietary guidelines [Online]. FAO; 2020. [Accessed 11 Mar 20] Available from

  2. Gazan R, Brouzes C, Vieux F, Maillot M, Lluch A, Darmon N. Mathematical optimization to explore tomorrow’s sustainability diets: a narrative review. Adv Nutr 2018;9:602-616.