Cory Harris


Cory Harris
Associate Professor

Room: GNN 272
Office: 613-562-5800 ext. 6601
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Cory Harris


Dr. Harris' research combines laboratory, field and community-based approaches to study the roles of plants in human and ecological health. His research explores the ethnobotany, chemistry and bioactivity of plants with a current emphasis on native Canadian species used for food and medicine. Together with Inuit and First Nations communities as well as the private and public sectors, some of the ongoing projects include: health benefits (and risks) of wild plant foods, the antidiabetic and neuroprotective potential of berries, the chemical ecology of coneflower alkylamides, and the ethical and evidence-based use of alternative medicines by mainstream healthcare providers.

Selected publications:
  • Harris CS, Muhammad A, Saleem A, Haddad PS, Arnason JT, Bennett SAL. Characterizing the cytoprotective activity of Sarracenia purpureaL., a medicinal plant that inhibits glucotoxicity in PC12 cells. BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 12:245 doi:10.1186/1472-6882-12-245, 2012
  • Harris CS, Raz A. Deliberate use of placebos in clinical practice: What we really know. Journal of Medical Ethics 38(7): 406-407, 2012
  • Haddad PS, Musallam L, Martineau L, Harris CS, Lavoie L, Arnason JT, Foster BC, Bennett SAL, Johns T, Cuerrier A, Badawi A. Comprehensive evidence-based assessment and prioritization of potential antidiabetic medicinal plants: a case study from Canadian Eastern James Bay Cree traditional medicine. Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2012: 893426, 2012
  • Hamersley-Chambers F, Harris CS. Wild Berries of Ontario. Lone Pine Publishing, 2012
  • Harris CS, Beaulieu LP, Fraser MH, McIntyre KL, Owen PL, Martineau LM, Cuerrier A, Johns T, Haddad PS, Bennett SA, Arnason JT. Inhibition of advanced glycation endproduct formation by medicinal plant extracts correlates with phenolic metabolites and anti-oxidant activity. Planta Medica, 77: 196-204, 2011

Fields of Interest

  • Ethnobotany
  • Biodiversity
  • Chemical ecology
  • Pharmacology
  • Nutrition
  • Complementary and alternative medicine (CAM)
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