Lawrence de Koning

Dr. A. B. Lawrence de Koning



Associate Professor

Cumming School of Medicine, Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine


Libin Cardiovascular Institute

Child Health & Wellness Researcher

Alberta Children's Hospital Research Institute

Contact information

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Phone number

Office: 403.955.2277


Educational Background

B.S. , University of Waterloo, 2000

Doctor of Philosophy , McMaster University, 2009

M.S. , McMaster University, 2003


Dr. Lawrence de Koning is a cardiovascular epidemiologist and clinical chemist with special interests in nutrition, obesity and biochemical markers. In 2009, he completed a PhD in health research methodology at McMaster University where he studied gene-diet interactions and cardiovascular disease under Dr Sonia Anand. He then spent three years at the Harvard School of Public Health Department of Nutrition (under Dr. Frank Hu) and Children’s Hospital Boston Department of Laboratory Medicine (under Dr. Mark Kellogg), where he received additional training in nutritional epidemiology and for board certification in clinical chemistry. He has published several high impact articles on abdominal obesity and dietary patterns. De Koning is pursuing research on novel biochemical markers of both dietary intake and inflammation, and in assessing their impact on cardiovascular risk.


Areas of Research

Determinants of Health
Health Services Research
Quality Improvement

My research is broadly oriented towards using clinical biochemistry and data science to solve problems in maternal health and all areas of pediatric medicine. I am particularly interested in laboratory quality improvement and test utilization, with a focus on repurposing existing tests, replacing obsolete tests, and developing new tests. Epidemiologic investigations inform much of this research, including application of new statistical methods.

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