Dr Magaly Aceves Martins
Magaly is a passionate advocate of nutrition, health promotion, healthy lifestyles and health policies for building a better future. She previously worked on childhood and adolescence obesity prevention and lifestyles 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 health care professionals, policymakers and service users across a wide range of health care interventions. She is now part of The Rowett Institute. 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.
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.
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.
Applied Health Sciences
Nutrition and Health
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.
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.
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.
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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Adverse cardiovascular events and mortality in men during testosterone treatment: an individual patient and aggregate data meta-analysisThe Lancet Healthy Longevity, vol. 3, no. 6, pp. e381–393Contributions to Journals: Articles
Does weight management research for adults with severe obesity represent them? Analysis of systematic review dataBMJ Open, vol. 12, no. 5, e054459Contributions to Journals: Articles
Cultural Factors Related to Childhood and Adolescent Obesity in Mexico: A Systematic Review of Qualitative StudiesObesity ReviewsContributions to Journals: Articles
Effect of brown seaweed on plasma glucose in healthy, at-risk, and type 2 diabetic individuals: systematic review and meta-analysisNutrition Reviews, vol. 80, no. 5, pp. 1194–1205Contributions to Journals: Articles
Food-Level Analysis to Identify Dietary Choices With the Highest Nutritional Quality and Lowest Greenhouse Gas Emissions and PriceFrontiers in Nutrition, vol. 9, 851826Contributions to Journals: Articles
Nutritional Quality, Environmental Impact and Cost of Ultra-Processed Foods: A UK Food-Based AnalysisInternational Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, vol. 19, no. 6, 3191Contributions to Journals: 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 ObesityContributions to Journals: Articles
The effect of grape interventions on cognitive and mental performance in healthy participants and those with mild cognitive impairment: a systematic review of randomized controlled trialsNutrition Reviews, vol. 80, no. 3, pp. 367-380Contributions to Journals: Review articles
Identifying the outcomes important to men with hypogonadism: a qualitative evidence synthesisJournal of AndrologyContributions to Journals: Articles
Using artificial intelligence methods for systematic review in health sciences: A systematic reviewResearch Synthesis MethodsContributions to Journals: Articles