Warren Wilson

Dr. Warren Wilson



Adjunct Associate Professor

Cumming School of Medicine, Department of Community Health Sciences

Child Health & Wellness Researcher

Alberta Children's Hospital Research Institute


Educational Background

B.A. Economics, Washington & Lee University, 1985

M.A. Anthropology, University of Colorado, 1993

Ph.D. Anthropology, University of Colorado, Boulder, 1997


I'm a scientist who studies how people's health is affected by their culture, environment, and evolutionary history, especially in low- and middle-income countries. I started my career by looking at the health of children in a Colombian city, dietary practices of an Indigenous group in the Colombian Amazon, the health of Indigenous mothers and their children in Guyana’s interior, and dietary practices of refugees in Canada. In each, it was clear that different ways of life can impact health.  From 2011-2013, I worked with colleagues in Tanzania and the United States to explore the drivers of inflammation among young Tanzanian children because elevated inflammation sheds light on both near- and long-term health risk. From 2014-2023, in collaboration with the focal community and colleagues in Nicaragua and the US, I studied the relationship between an array of predictors of health and a model of health outcomes that captures the burden of chronic environmental challenges on health.  I'm now collaborating with Canadian and Dominican colleagues on a project exploring related questions in the Dominican Republic. Ultimately, the teams on which I work seek to identify barriers to maternal and child health, which in the long-term should lead to the development of new evidence-based and locally-relevant solutions. (ORCID iD: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-0057-6873; Google Scholar: https://scholar.google.ca/citations?user=T3VUcgUAAAAJ&hl=en)


Areas of Research

Determinants of Health, Health Outcomes, Population Health, Activities

Participation in university strategic initiatives


Course number Course title Semester
ANTH 305 LEC 01 01 Human Variation and Adaptation 2021
ANTH 350 LAB 02 B02 Lab Practice Biological Anthro 2020