Magaly passionately advocates nutrition, healthy lifestyles, and health policies for building a better and sustainable future. She is very interested in using data and new technologies (such as Artificial Intelligence) to drive innovation in nutrition and health. She uses nutrition-relevant data and meta-data to frame knowledge and enhance understanding of current nutritional problems and environmental sustainability challenges and looks to communicate and inform citizens and policy effectively.
She joined The Rowett Institute in 2020 and has been working on different RESAS-funded projects researching the relationships between healthiness, environmental sustainability, and cost diets. Also, she is working on assessing Scottish adults’ readiness to change towards a more sustainable diet. She joined the University of Aberdeen in 2017 and was part of the Health Services Research Unit. During this time, she was involved in the Knowledge Syntheses Team, which conducts high-quality research to inform healthcare professionals, policymakers, and service users across a wide range of healthcare interventions.
During her career, she has been involved in different childhood and adolescent obesity prevention and lifestyle improvement projects. She has vast experience in assessing nutritional health through quantitative and qualitative research methods and fieldwork experience in clinical nutrition, health promotion, and nutrition interventions. She has also experience in evidence synthesis and meta-analysis.
- Doctoral degree in Biomedicine & Nutrition (PhD, summa cum laude)2016 - Rovira i Virgili University (Tarragona, Spain)
- Master’s degree in Clinical Nutrition and Metabolism (MSc)2013 - Barcelona University (Barcelona, Spain)
- Bachelor’s degree in Nutrition and Integral Wellbeing (BSc, Hons)2011 - Tec de Monterrey (Mexico City, Mexico)
Memberships and Affiliations
- Internal Memberships
She is a mentor at the SUCCESS PLUS (Socio-cUltural Coaching for Careers and Employability to Support Success: Pathways for Life Underpinning Success) Mentoring programme at the University of Aberdeen.
- External Memberships
- Cochrane Member
- Associate Editor at Public Health Nutrition, which provides an international forum for the publication and dissemination of research aimed at understanding the causes of, and approaches and solutions to, nutrition-related public health achievements, situations and problems around the world.
- Board of Editors at the Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior (JNEB), the official journal of the Society for Nutrition Education and Behaviour, represents the unique professional interests of nutrition educators worldwide.
As a woman working in and for health and nutrition sciences, Magaly tends to think broader about how science interacts with the real world and translates into better environments so that people can make healthier choices. She has been involved in different childhood and adolescent obesity prevention and lifestyle improvement projects. She has vast experience in assessing nutritional health through quantitative and qualitative research methods and fieldwork experience in clinical nutrition, health promotion, and nutrition interventions. She has also experience in evidence synthesis and meta-analysis. She is also interested in methods regarding knowledge transference, public engagement, and the implementation of research findings into clinical practice and policymaking.
Nutrition and Health
Applied Health Sciences
Currently, she is working with data from the UK National Diet and Nutrition Survey (NDNS) to model the relationships between the ‘healthiness’, ‘carbon footprint’ and ‘cost’ of UK diets, using our newly developed NDNS nutrient database. This work aims to establish determinants of healthy and sustainable diets. Also, she is working on assessing Scottish adults’ readiness to change towards a more sustainable diet.
She has collaborated on national and international research projects, such as:
- Childhood Obesity in MexicO (COMO) project
- European Youth Tackling Obesity (EYTO) Project
- EYTO-Kids Project
- Health Behaviours in School-aged Children (HBSC) Study
She has also been involved in different Health Technology Assessment Programme commissioned by the National Institute of Health Research. Some of these include:
- A systematic review and integrated report on the quantitative, qualitative and economic evidence base for the management of severe obesity (REBALANCE) project;
- Testosterone Effects and Safety in Men with Low Testosterone levels (TestES Consortium): An evidence synthesis (including an individual participant data meta-analysis) and economic evaluation;
- The ARCHITECT Urine NGAL assay, NephroCheck Test and NGAL Test to help assess the risk of acute kidney injury for people who are being considered for admission to critical care;
- A rapid review of child food insecurity in the UK: evidence on its extent, nature and effects and what can be done to address it.
Magaly was part of the Public Engagement Group from the Health Services Research Unit. Through such activities, sharing information, she shared daily work experiences with the general public. Such experience showed her that public engagement comprises interaction and listening, which results in mutual learning.
She is a huge supporter of #WomenInScience and #WomenInSTEM. More women are needed in the scientific environment, and once they are in it, we need to retain them. There are still many stereotypes and gaps that need to be avoided, and she is willing to help achieve so.
Magaly is the Course Coordinator for course RN5002 - Assessment of Nutritional Health. She also is currently involved in delivering online material and lectures in the Challenges in Global Nutrition course.
Non-course Teaching Responsibilities
Magaly has been an Associate Fellow of the UK Higher Education Academy (aFHEA) since 2020. She has experience teaching higher education in Mexico, Spain, and the UK.
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Consumption of foods with the highest nutritional quality, and the lowest GHGE and price, differs between socioeconomic groups in the UK populationPublic Health Nutrition, vol. 26, no. 12, pp. 3370-3378Contributions to Journals: Articles
The Challenges of Measuring Food Insecurity Among Children and Adolescents in High-Income CountriesResearching Poverty and Austerity: Theoretical Approaches, Methodologies and Policy Applications. Routledge, 15 pagesChapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings: Chapters
Symptomatic benefits of testosterone treatment in patient subgroups: a systematic review, individual participant data meta-analysis, and aggregate data meta-analysisThe Lancet Healthy Longevity, vol. 4, no. 10, pp. e561-e572Contributions to Journals: Articles
Obesity and its Association with Mental Health among Mexican Children and Adolescents: Systematic ReviewNutrition Reviews, vol. 81, no. 6, pp. 658-669Contributions to Journals: Articles
A novel application of machine learning and zero-shot classification methods for automated abstract screening in systematic reviewsDecision Analytics Journal, vol. 6, 100162Contributions to Journals: Articles
Ready meals, especially those that are animal-based and cooked in an oven, have lower nutritional quality, higher greenhouse gas emissions and are more expensive than equivalent home-cooked mealsPublic Health Nutrition, vol. 26, no. 3, pp. 531-539Contributions to Journals: Articles
Evaluation of Attention-Based LSTM and Bi-LSTM Networks For Abstract Text Classification in Systematic Literature Review AutomationContributions to Journals: Conference Articles
“Som la Pera,” a School-Based, Peer-Led Social Marketing Intervention to Engage Spanish Adolescents in a Healthy Lifestyle: A Parallel-Cluster Randomized Controlled StudyChildhood Obesity, vol. 18, no. 8, pp. 556-571Contributions to Journals: Articles
Cultural factors related to childhood and adolescent obesity in Mexico: A systematic review of qualitative studiesObesity Reviews, vol. 23, no. 9, e13461Contributions to Journals: Articles
MSR1 Using Artificial Intelligence Methods for Systematic Review in Health Sciences: A Systematic ReviewISPOR 2022, pp. S517Contributions to Journals: Abstracts