Reimer has done extensive research in animal models. Specifically looking at maternal diet during pregnancy and how it influences the offspring's:
- gut microbiota
- satiety hormone production
- obesity risk
Her research group is also making progress in understanding how using pre-and probiotics to modify the gut microbiota affects behavior in neuropsychiatric disorders. This includes autism-spectrum and obsessive-compulsive disorders.
Research focus:The role of diet in regulating energy intake and gut microbiota in the context of obesity, type 2 diabetes, and other chronic diseases like fatty liver and inflammatory bowel disease.
Background:Raylene Reimer holds several industry research contracts that help take evidence-based findings into application. She was honored in May 2012 with the Centrum New Scientist Award for Outstanding Research (Canadian Nutrition Society).