Research Program. Precision Nutrition and obesity
Cardiovascular and Nutritional Epidemiology Group
Group leader: Prof. Fernando Rodríguez Artalejo
Objectives: our strategic objective is to produce relevant information to support clinical and population-based policies aimed at controlling cardiovascular diseases and their functional adverse outcomes. Specifically we work on the following research areas:
- Nutritional and omic determinants of frailty and functional status in the older adult.
- Diet and physical activity as determinants of obesity and cardiovascular risk in the elderly.
The results of our studies have been incorporated into the National Strategy for Ischemic Heart Disease Control, the National Strategy for Obesity Prevention and Control, and the National Strategy on Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, elaborated by the Ministry of Health of Spain.
Prof. Fernando Rodríguez Artalejo
Professor of Preventive Medicine and Public Health, Medical. School of the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid. Associate researcher, IMDEA Food. Group leader of the Cardiovascular and Nutritional. Epidemiology Group
Fernando Rodríguez Artalejo, MD, PhD, is Professor of Preventive Medicine and Public Health at the Medical School of the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid. Dr. Rodríguez Artalejo graduated from the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid and received postgraduate training in the La Paz University Hospital, the Institute of Health Carlos III and the Spanish Ministry of Health in Madrid, as well as in the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg of Public Health in Baltimore. He has published over 400 scientific articles in peer-reviewed journals (h-index 51) and contributed to many policy documents on health planning and evaluation and on prevention and control of obesity and cardiovascular disease.
He has received the Carles Martí Henneberg award to a scientific career on
Nutrition Research, the Ciril Rozman award of the Spanish Society of Internal Medicine, the Silver Medal of the National Plan on Drug Addiction, and the Encomienda de la Orden Civil de Sanidad. Dr. Rodríguez Artalejo has been a member of the Scientific Committee of the Spanish Agency of Foods Safety and Nutrition, and currently serves in the European Advisory Committee of Health Research of the World Health Organization and in the Expert Panel of the European Joint Action on Prevention of Frailty (ADVANTAGE).
Senior researcher and Head of Research Line in the influence of diet on the development of cardiometabolic diseases
Dr. Pilar Guallar-Castillon MD, MPH, PhD is an associate professor in the Department of Preventive Medicine and Public Health in the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid. An specialist in Preventive Medicine and Public Health via MIR (La Paz Hospital). Has spent more than 20 years teaching Public Health by participating in graduate and postgraduate programs.
She is also responsible for courses on nutritional epidemiology. Her research activity has focused on the study of healthy behaviours and habits (HBH) especially in the field of cardiovascular and nutritional epidemiology. The author of more than 180 publications that are mainly in the first quartile of impact factor in their categories. Currently interested in the influence of cooking methods and chronobiology in the process of suffering from cardiometabolic diseases. Research collaborator in IMDEA Food Institute. Dr. Guallar's web page: https://mpilarguallar.wixsite.com/mpilarguallar
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Dr. Verónica Cabanas Sánchez
Dra. Verónica Cabanas Sánchez has a degree in Physical Education, a degree in Physical Activity and Sports Sciences and an official Master's degree. She obtained the title of Doctor from the Autonomous University of Madrid in 2016. She has enjoyed different grants, among which stands out the grant for training research personnel FPI-UAM. She has collaborated in 5 teaching innovation projects and 5 R+D+i projects that have been subsidized with an amount exceeding €300,000. During the development of these research projects, she has participated in a decisive way in tasks of management and organization, elaboration of questionnaires (optical, online and paper), elaboration of protocols and guides, obtaining data (assessment of physical activity, composition body, physical condition, diet, psychosocial health, etc.), development of databases, analysis of accelerometry data and development of accelerometry data analysis softwares, preparation of follow-up reports, etc. In addition, she has completed two research international stays (one pre-doctoral and one post-doctoral) in centers of high international prestige. Her research activity has focused on the area of physical activity, sedentary behavior and health indicators in both youth and adult population.
Thus, her scientific production is oriented to analyzing the associations between physical activity and sedentary behavior with physical, psychological and social health, as well as to identifying the different environmental, psychological and social correlates that are related to the different lifestyles. In addition, her research lines include the analysis of the effects of physical activity and sedentary behavior in the development of diseases (eg., cardiovascular diseases, cognitive frailty, etc.), in health-related physical fitness and in mortality. As a result, currently she has more than 40 articles published in journals of high scientific relevance and she has presented near to 50 works in national or international conferences/congresses. At present, the candidate is actively participating in the publication of scientific articles and in the exploitation of data from different projects (eg, UP&DOWN study, IMPACT65+, ENRICA II). Also, she is member of the STYLIFE research group (Lifestyles, Physical Activity and Eating Behavior Research Group), a multidisciplinary group formed by experts in the areas of psychology, physical activity and health. In addition, Dra. Cabanas-Sánchez started a "Juan de la Cierva Incorporación" research contract in February, 2020, in the IMDEA-Food (Instituto Madrileño De Estudios Avanzados - Alimentación). Moreover, at present, she is collaborating professor at Universidad Autónoma de Madrid.
Senior researcher and Head of Research Line in Nutritional and omic determinants of frailty, multimorbidity and unhealthy aging in the older adults
Department of Preventive Medicine and Public Health, Medical School. Universidad Autónoma de Madrid. Associate researcher, IMDEA Food. Group member of the Cardiovascular and Nutritional Epidemiology Group.
Esther Lopez-Garcia, PhD, MPH, MhPharm is an Associate Professor of Epidemiology at the Department of Preventive Medicine and Public Health, in the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid. She has been a Fulbright fellow in the Department of Nutrition at the Harvard T. Chan School of Public Health and a Ramón y Cajal researcher at the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid.
Dr Lopez-Garcia research interests include:
- Epidemiology and prevention of obesity and cardiovascular disease through diet and lifestyle.
- Diet and the risk of physical function impairment, frailty and disability in the older population.
- Metabolomics in frailty and disability.
Dr Lopez-Garcia has assessed in detail the effect of the Mediterranean dietary patterns, coffee, meat and dairy consumption, in the risk of CVD and disability, using data from large population studies in the USA, UK and Spain. She has also examined the biological mechanisms that may explain these associations, including inflammation and endothelial dysfunction, markers of glucose metabolism and leptin, and more recently metabolomics profiles of physical impairment and functional disability.
Beatriz Martínez Blanco holds the degree in Superior Laboratory Technician since 2006. She obtained the certificate for New Therapeutics Drugs Discovery applying High Throughput Screening technique by University Juan Carlos I (Madrid, Spain). She worked as Quality Supervisor at Lilly S.A. from 2007-2009 and as Lab Manager at Fundación Parque Científico de Madrid under the supervision of D. Antonio Díaz and D. Alejandro Arranz. In 2016, she worked as Laboratory Technician in the Department of Microbiology at Centre for Molecular Biology – Severo Ochoa (Madrid, Spain), under the supervision of Dr. Mercedes Dávila. In 2017, she worked in the Department of Research for New Drugs at ROVI until her joining to IMDEA Food in 2017, where she worked as Laboratory Technician of GENYAL Platform of Nutritional Genomics. She joined Precision Nutrition and Obesity Program, headed by Prof. José Mª Ordovás, at IMDEA Food in 2021 as Lab Manager of the research program. Along her professional career, she has gained experience in multiple laboratory techniques and standard operating procedures.
David Martinez-Gomez graduated in Physical Education (2004) and Sports Sciences (2006), and then he completed a PhD thesis in Sport Sciences (2011) when joined to the Institute of Food Science, Technology and Nutrition (ICTAN), Spanish National Research Council. After the PhD, MSc specialization in Epidemiology was obtained in 2012 and a postdoc training was done in the Departments of Preventive Medicine and Public Health, and Physical Educacion, Sport and Human Movement (University Autonomous of Madrid). He has had national major research grants from the Spanish research career during his undergraduate, predoctoral and postdoctoral. He has stays at Iowa State University (USA, 2008), Karolinska Institutet (Sweden, 2009), Michigan State University (USA, 2010), WHO Center for Epidemiological Research (Brazil, 2013), Research Center in Physical Activity, Health and Leisure (Portugal, 2014) and the Geriatric Epidemiology Unit in the Health Tuscany Center (Italy, 2016). David has published 4 books, 4 chapters of books, and a total of 120 scientifi c JCR articles (H-index =35). Dr Martinez- Gomez research interests are related to physical activity epidemiology, including: 1) Assessment and monitoring of physical activity in clinic and epidemiological studies; 2) Determining the role of physical activity on health outcomes, especially obesity, cardiovascular disease and mortality; and 3) Promotion of physical activity across the life span.
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Dr. Carolina Donat obtained her BSc in pharmacy and MSc in Public health in 2013 and her PhD in Applied Medical Research in 2016, at the University of Navarra. Right after, with the Ramón Areces scholarship, she made a 3-year international stay at the Karolinska Institutet. She returned to Spain with the Juan de la Cierva scholarship to join the Autonomous University of Madrid, where she has been doing research for a year in the Preventive Medicine department. Dr. Carolina Donat has recently joined IMDEA-alimentación with the grant “Atracción de Talento” from the community of Madrid. She belongs to the Cardiovascular and Nutritional Epidemiology Group and, specifically, she currently works on ultra-processed food consumption, front-of-pack labelling, and exposure to environmental contaminants in relation to health status, frailty, and unhealthy aging in older adults.
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- Struijk EA, Rodríguez-Artalejo F, Fung TT, Willett WC, Hu FB, Lopez-Garcia E. Sweetened beverages and risk of frailty among older women in the Nurses' Health Study: A cohort study. PLoS Med. 2020 Dec 8;17(12):e1003453.
- García-Esquinas E, Carrasco-Rios M, Ortolá R, Sotos Prieto M, Pérez-Gómez B, Gutiérrez-González E, Banegas JR, Queipo R, Olmedo P, Gil F, Tellez-Plaza M, Navas-Acien A, Pastor-Barriuso R, Rodríguez-Artalejo F. Selenium and impaired physical function in US and Spanish older adults..
Redox Biol. 2020 Nov 28;38:101819
- Montero-Salazar H, Donat-Vargas C, Moreno-Franco B, Sandoval-Insausti H, Civeira F, Laclaustra M, Guallar-Castillón P. High consumption of ultra-processed food may double the risk of subclinical coronary atherosclerosis: the Aragon Workers' Health Study (AWHS). BMC Med. 2020 Aug 13;18(1):235.
- Cabanas-Sánchez V, Higueras-Fresnillo S, DE LA Cámara MÁ, Esteban-Cornejo I, Martínez-GÓmez D. 24-h Movement and Nonmovement Behaviors in Older Adults. The IMPACT65+ Study. Med Sci Sports Exerc. 2019 Apr;51(4):671-680.
- Martinez-Gomez D, Esteban-Cornejo I, Lopez-Garcia E, García-Esquinas E, Sadarangani KP, Veiga OL, Rodriguez-Artalejo F. Physical activity less than the recommended amount may prevent the onset of major biological risk factors for cardiovascular disease: a cohort study of 198 919 adults. Br J Sports Med. 2018 Dec 15. doi: 10.1136/bjsports-2018-099740.
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