Institute for Global Health


HWCA Centre Seminar Series

Our Centre runs regular seminars featuring speakers from UCL and beyond, who share their expertise on a wide range of subjects.

Upcoming seminars

Ultra-processed food consumption, nutritional and food insecurity in Brazilian Amazonian children and their mothers
with Marly A. Cardoso and Priscila de Morais Sato

Date: 16th Dec 10am São Paulo and 1pm London
Please join via Zoom

The investigation of early determinants for the promotion of adequate growth and development remains a major challenge.  This webinar will discuss some findings from the ongoing MINA-Brazil study (Maternal-INfant health in Acre).  To our knowledge, among the existing birth cohorts in Brazil and around the world, MINA-Brazil is a unique population-based cohort study in Amazonia with food intake data and nutritional indicators collected in the first 2 years of life for about 1,000 participants.

The role of feeding and eating practices in the establishment of a healthy or potentially adverse health profiles will be discussed, with emphasis on the consumption of ultra-processed foods and food insecurity. 

About the speakers

Marly A. Cardoso is Professor at the School of Public Health (SPH) of the University of São Paulo (USP), Brazil. She holds a Ph.D. in Food Science and Experimental Nutrition from the School of Pharmaceutical Sciences/USP. At USP, she served as the Director of the country’s first graduate program in Public Health Nutrition (2006-2010), the President of the Research Committee of SPH/USP (2018-2022). She was a Visiting Scholar of the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies at Harvard University (2012).

In child health, she has been describing health and nutritional conditions in Amazonian counties with socioeconomic indicators that are substantially lower than the national average. The fieldwork has been done with the participation of community health workers, nursing students from the Federal University of Acre, and university-level health professionals with training and local supervision by her research team. Her research team has been working in the assessment of environmental conditions and child health status, and providing basic health information and training for health workers, mothers and children.

Priscila de Morais Sato is a post-doctoral fellow at the Nutrition Department in the School of Public Health of the University of São Paulo. She has a degree in Nutrition from the same University and a Masters and a Doctorate degree in Health Sciences from the Federal University of São Paulo. She was a visiting scholar at the Bloomberg School of Public Health in 2015, and at the UCL Great Ormond Institute of Child Health in 2019. She has experience with the articulation between food, nutrition, culture and society, with emphasis on the sociocultural aspects of eating practices. She works mainly on the following themes: obesity, eating practices, food choices, intersectionality and gender.

Previous seminars in this series

Dr Sapna Desai (Population Council, India): "Understanding hysterectomy in India"
4th November 2020
A recording of the seminar will be available on this page shortly.