Dr. Richard Bazinet


Academic Degree(s)






Current Position

  • Associate Professor, Department of Nutritional Sciences, University of Toronto, CA
  • Canada Research Chair in Brain Lipid Metabolism; Vice-President and President-Elect, ISSFAL


Education & Training

  • PhD University of Toronto (1998-2003)
  • Post-doctoral fellowship, National Institutes of Health, National Institute on Aging, Brain Physiology and Metabolism Section (2003-2006)



  • Early Career Award from the International Society for the Study of Fatty Acids and Lipids
  • Jordi-Folch-Pi Memorial Award from the American Society for Neurochemistry
  • Future Leaders Award from the International Life Sciences Institute
  • Young Scientist Award for the American Oil Chemists’ Society
  • Early Researcher Award from the Canadian Society for Nutrition


Research Grants

  • Canadian Institutes of Health Research
  • Natural Sciences and Engineering Council of Canada
  • Canada Research Chair


Committee & Membership

The International Society for the Study of Fatty Acids and Lipids


Selected Publication

  • Hopperton KE, Mohammad D, Trepanier MO, Giuliano V, Bazinet RP.  Markers of microglia in post-mortem brain samples from patients with Alzheimer’s Disease: a systematic review. Molecular Psychiatry Accepted Sept 2017.
  • Hopperton KE, Trépanier MO, Giuliano V, Bazinet RP.Brain omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids modulate microglia cell number and morphology in response to intracerebroventricular amyloid-β 1-40 in mice. J Neuroinflammation. 2016 Sep 29;13(1):257
  • Trépanier MO, Hopperton KE, Mizrahi R, Mechawar N, Bazinet RP. Postmortem evidence of cerebral inflammation in schizophrenia: a systematic review Mol Psychiatry. 2016 Aug;21(8):1009-26
  • Chen CT, Kitson AP, Hopperton KE, Domenichiello AF, Trépanier MO, Lin LE, Ermini L, Post M, Thies F, Bazinet RP. Plasma non-esterified docosahexaenoic acid is the major pool supplying the brain.  Sci Rep. 2015 Oct 29;5:15791
  • Bazinet RP, Laye S. Polyunsaturated fatty acids and their metabolites in brain function and disease.  Nature Reviews Neuroscience. 2014 Dec;15(12):771-85
  • Chen CT, Bazinet RP.  β-oxidation and rapid metabolism, but not uptake regulate brain eicosapentaenoic acid levels.  Prostaglandins Leukot Essent Fatty Acids. 2015 Jan;92:33-40
  • Chen CT, Domenichiello AF, Trepanier MO, Liu Z, Masoodi M, Bazinet RP. The low levels of eicosapentaenoic acid in rat brain phospholipids are maintained via multiple redundant mechanisms.  J Lipid Res. 2013 Sep;54(9):2410-22.