Dr Magaly Aceves Martins

Dr Magaly Aceves Martins
Dr Magaly Aceves Martins

Dr Magaly Aceves Martins

Research Fellow


The Rowett Institute of Nutrition and Health
University of Aberdeen
Aberdeen AB25 2ZD


Magaly is a passionate advocate of nutrition, health promotion, healthy lifestyles and health policies for building a better future. She is part of The Rowett Institute and works on different RESAS-funded projects researching the relationships between healthiness, environmental sustainability and the cost of UK diets. She has also been part of childhood and adolescent obesity prevention and lifestyle improvement projects. She has experience in quantitative and qualitative research methods and fieldwork experience in clinical nutrition, health promotion, and nutrition interventions. She joined the University of Aberdeen in April 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 

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 within the University of Aberdeen. 

External Memberships

She is a Cochrane Member. She is part of the Board of Editors for the Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior (JNEB, USA), which is the official journal of the Society for Nutrition Education and Behaviour that represents the unique professional interests of nutrition educators worldwide. Also, she is a Review Editor for the International Journal of Public Health (IJPH), which publishes scientific articles relevant to global public health from different countries and cultures, and assembles them into issues that raise awareness and understanding of public health problems and solutions. 


Research Overview

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 used quantitative and qualitative research methods and has fieldwork experience in clinical nutrition, health promotion, nutritional interventions, and evidence synthesis. She also has an interest in methods regarding knowledge transference, public engagement, and the implementation of research findings into clinical practice and policymaking.

Research Areas

Applied Health Sciences

Biomedical Sciences

Nutrition and Health

Current Research

Currently, she is working with data from the UK National Diet and Nutrition Survey (NDNS) to model the relationships between ‘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.

Past Research

She has collaborated on national and international research projects, such as the Childhood Obesity in MexicO (COMO) project, the European Youth Tackling Obesity (EYTO) Project, EYTO-Kids Project, and the 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 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; and a rapid review about child food insecurity in the UK: evidence on its extent, nature and effects and what can be done to address it. 

Knowledge Exchange

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. 


Teaching Responsibilities

She is an Associate Fellow of the UK Higher Education Academy (aFHEA) since 2020.

She has experience teaching higher education in Mexico, Spain, and the UK.

She is currently involved in delivering online material and lectures in the Challenges in Global Nutrition course. 


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