Aileen Burford-Mason, PhD, is a biochemist, immunologist and cell biologist and a widely recognized expert in the field of vitamins and their appropriate use in health maintenance, healthy aging and the prevention and treatment of disease. Respected for her balanced and scientifically-based approach, Aileen is known for her ability to take the latest findings in diet and supplement research and translate them into practical evidence-based guidelines for both lay audiences and health professionals.
Aileen graduated from University College, Dublin, Ireland and received a PhD in immunology in the UK. She is formerly an Assistant Professor in the Department of Pathology Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto, and Director of a Cancer Research Laboratory at the Toronto General Hospital. Her many research papers have been published in leading medical and scientific journals and cover such diverse medical and scientific areas as immunology, pathology, gastroenterology, cancer, AIDS, microbiology, and nutrition.
Aileen regularly gives talks to the public and to doctors and other health professionals at universities across Canada. She has a busy private practice where she specializes in personalized supplement and diet regimes. She teaches a popular continuing medical education course for medical doctors and other health care practitioners on the use of diet and nutritional supplements in clinical practice.
A go-to person for radio, TV and the print journalists, Aileen is in regular demand for media commentary on the latest research and controversies in the field of dietary supplements. Media work includes CBC TV, CTV News, Global TV, CHUM FM, Canada AM, breakfast TV, City TV, Chatelaine, Zoomer magazine, Best Health, CBC Ideas, Classical 96.3 FM and CFRB.