Dr Teresa Gontijo de Castro

Biography

I concluded my undergraduate degree in Nutrition in 2002 at Federal University of Vicosa (UFV), Brazil. My Masters (2004) and PhD (2007) were concluded at the University of Sao Paulo, Brazil (Area: Nutrition and Public Health). Between 2006-2009 I was employed as an Adjunct Professor at Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS) and between 2009-2015 at Federal University of Minas Gerais (UFMG), Brazil.Since July 2015 I have been working as a Researcher at the University of Auckland.

Research | Current

CURRENT

UNIVERSITY OF AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND

  • Ago 2015- Dec 2018: Growing up in New Zealand birth cohort study (Research Fellow)
  • Ago 2017-Ago 2018: Infant Feeding in New Zealand: Adherence to the Food and Nutrition guidelines among the Growing up in New Zealand cohort. Research funding: Children and Families Research Fund (Principal Investigator)
  • Jan 2016-Dec 2017: Randomised Controlled Study of Vitamin D to Reduce Acute Respiratory Infection Health Care Visits within the next 12 months. Research funding: Cure Kids; Starhip Foundation (Research Fellow)

BRAZILIAN INSTITUTIONS

  • Nov 2014- current: Health, food and nutrition of  Krenak children from the State of Minas Gerais (MG), Brazil. Research Funding:National Council of Technological and Scientific Development (CNPq, Brazil). Institutions involved: Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ); Federal University of Minas Gerais (UFMG); Federal University of Santa Catarina (UFSC), Sergio Arouca National School of Public Health (ENSP/FIOCRUZ); The University of Auckland (Named Investigator)
  • Nov 2013- Nov 2017: Conditions of life, health, food and nutrition of the Indigenous Krenak population, Resplendor (MG) Brazil. Research Funding:National Council of Technological and Scientific Development (CNPq, Brazil). Institutions involved: Federal University of Minas Gerais (UFMG); Federal University of Santa Catarina (UFSC), University of Sao Paulo (USP), The University of Auckland (Named Investigator)
  • 2010-2013: Nutritional status, health and socioeconomic and environmental situation of the Indigenous Pataxó population from Minas Gerais state, Brazil. Research Funding: The State of Minas Gerais Research Foundation (FAPEMIG, Brazil). Institutions involved: Federal University of Minas Gerais (UFMG); University of São Paulo (USP); Federal University of Santa Catarina (UFSC), Federal University of São Paulo (UNIFESP), The University of Auckland (Principal Investigator)

Teaching | Current

PREVIOUS

POSTGRADUATE LEVEL

  • Year: 2008/2-Postgraduate Programme of Epidemiology, UFRGS, Brazil: Nutritional Epidemiology (Epi 67)
  • Year: 2008/2- Postgraduate Programme of Epidemiology, UFRGS, Brazil:Journal Club: Health and Nutrition of Indigenous Population (EPI66)

UNDERGRADUATE LEVEL

  • Years: 2009/2; 2010-2014 (both semesters)-UFMG, Brazil: Practical Integrative Activity C (ENB 028)
  • Years: 2009/2; 2010-2014 (both semesters) - UFMG, Brazil: Practical Monitored Activity C (EFM 049)
  • Years: 2009-2014 (both semesters) - UFMG, Brazil:Internship in Nutrition and Public Health (EFM 035)
  • Year: 2011/2- UFMG, Brazil: Epidemiology and Health of Indigenous Populations (Topics I: EFM045)
  • Year: 2009/2- UFMG, Brazil: Food and Nutritional Surveillance (Topics III: EFM045)
  • Years: 2007/1; 2008/1-UFRGS, Brazil:  Public Health Nutrition (MED 05007)
  • Years: 2007-2008 (both semesters)- UFRGS, Brazil:Internship in Collective Health and Nutrition
  • Year: 2007 (both Semesters)- UFRGS, Brazil: Fundamentals of Nutrition for the Care in Nursing

Postgraduate supervision

POSTGRADUATE STUDENTS-SUCCESSFUL COMPLETIONS 

PhD

  • Ema Cândido Branco Fernandes. Childhood malnutrition determinants in the Commune of Bom Jesus, Angola, Africa: Application of a hierarchical model. Conclusion: October 2014. PhD Thesis (Postgraduate Programme in Community Health- FMRP/USP-Brazil). Co- Supervisor.
  • Anabele Pires. Health and sociodemographic profile of under five years old and women in reproductive age, indigenous Pataxó from Minas Gerais, Brazil. Conclusion: September 2018. Postgraduate Programme in Translational Medicine - UNIFESP-SP- Brazil. Co-Supervisor.

PhD- Sandwich period

  • Juliana Araujo Teixeira. Folic acid intake and the developmental origins of health and disease: a comparison between birth cohort studies in Brazil and New Zealand. Conclusion: December 2017. Supervisors in NZ: Prof Cameron Grant, Dr Teresa Castro, Assoc Prof Clare Wall.

Masters

  • Camila Medeiros da Silva Mazzetti. Nutritional status of the indigenous Pataxó from 05 villages from Minas Gerais, Brazil. Conclusion: February 2015. Dissertation (Postgraduate Programme in Nursing- UFMG-Brazil). Co-Supervisor.
  • Patrícia Kluwe Viegas Dame. Food and Nutritional Surveillance System –SISVAN- of the Rio Grande do Sul State: coverage of the system, data reliability and nutritional status of children. Conclusion: December 2010. Dissertation (Postgraduate Programme in Epidemiology- UFRGS-Brazil). Main Supervisor.
  • Laura Augusta Barufaldi. Body Mass Index and values of bioelectrical impedance of children and adolescents indigenous Kaingang, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil. Conclusion: December 2009. Dissertation (Postgraduate Programme in Epidemiology, UFRGS-Brazil). Main Supervisor.

UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS- SUCCESSFUL COMPLETIONS

Scientific Initiation

  • Samanta Catherine de Souza. Distribution of bioelectrical values among the Pataxó indigenous from Minas Gerais, Brazil. Conclusion: March 2014. UFMG-Brazil. Main Supervisor.
  • Nicole Louise Gonzaga de Oliveira Santos. Nutritional status of the indigenous Pataxó from Minas Gerais. Conclusion: August 2012. UFMG-Brazil. Main Supervisor.
  • Nicole Louise Gonzaga de Oliveira Santos. Bioelectrical impedance values and phase angle: sex and age distributions among indigenous Kaingáng, State of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil. Conclusion: Mar 2012. UFMG-Brazil.Main Supervisor.
  • Márcia Regina de Oliveira Pedroso. Nutritional status of children under 10 years registered in the Food and Nutritional Surveillance System –SISVAN- of the Rio Grande do Sul State, Brazil. Conclusion: July 2009. UFRGS- Brazil.  Main Supervisor.
  • Priccila Zuchinali. Food and nutrition situation of the Kaingáng enrolled in indigenous schools of the National Program of School Feeding in the State of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil. Conclusion: December 2008. UFRGS-Brazil. Main Supervisor.

POSTGRADUATE STUDENTS-IN PROGRESS

Masters

  • Sara Ferreira. Complementary feeding in New Zealand: Study on prevalence of food intake. Enrolment date: March 2018. Masters- Postgraduate Programme of Nutrition and Public Health- USP, Brazil. Co-Supervisor.

Distinctions/Honours

  • 2009: Best Young Researcher Award (health domain)- Received for supervising the research of Scientific Initiation of Márcia RO Pedroso, Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil. Research title: Nutritional status of children under 10 years registered in the Food and Nutritional Surveillance System –SISVAN- Rio Grande do Sul State, Brazil.
  • 2009: Awarded first place in public competition to select an Adjunct Professor: area: Food and Nutritional education and interventions in Nutrition (Permanent Position) - Federal University of Minas Gerais- Department of Nutrition, Brazil.
  • 2006: Awarded first place in public competition to select an Adjunct Professor: area: Nutrition and Food Policies (Permanent Position)- Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, Department of Preventive Medicine, Brazil
  • 2006: Best Doctorate Research Award for 2006- Faculty of Public Health of the University of São Paulo, Brazil.Thesis title: Iron deficiency anaemia in the childhood: prevalence and associated factors in the western Brazilian Amazonia.
  • 2004- 2006: PhD Scholarship-The State of São Paulo Research Foundation (FAPESP)
  • 2002-2004:Masters Scholarship-The State of São Paulo Research Foundation (FAPESP)
  • Aug 2000-Aug 2001: Scientific Initiation Scholarship-National Council for Scientific and Technological Development (CNPq)

Areas of expertise

My areas of expertise and interests are:

  • Nutritional Epidemiology
  • Dietary Assessment of Populations
  • Epidemiology, Health and Nutrition of Indigenous Populations
  • Food and Nutrition Education and Interventions in Nutrition
  • Food and Nutritional Surveillance
  • Food and Nutritional Security

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

  • Teixeira, J. A., Castro, T. G., Wall, C. R., Marchioni, D. M., Berry, S., Morton, S. M., & Grant, C. C. (2018). Determinants of folic acid supplement use outside national recommendations for pregnant women: results from the Growing Up in New Zealand cohort study. Public health nutrition, 21 (12), 2183-2192. 10.1017/s1368980018000836
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Cameron Grant, Clare Wall, Susan Morton
  • Berry, S. D., Walker, C. G., Ly, K., Snell, R. G., Atatoa Carr, P. E., Bandara, D., ... Morton, S. M. B. (2018). Re: "Widespread prevalence of a CREBRF variant amongst Māori and Pacific children is associated with weight and height in early childhood". International journal of obesity (2005), 42 (7), 1392-1393. 10.1038/s41366-018-0026-0
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Cameron Grant, Emma Marks, Susan Morton, Caroline Walker, Russell Snell
  • Marks, E. J., Grant, C. C., de Castro, T. G., Bandara, D. K., Wall, C., & Morton, S. M. B. (2018). Agreement between Future Parents on Infant Feeding Intentions and Its Association with Breastfeeding Duration: Results from the Growing Up in New Zealand Cohort Study. International journal of environmental research and public health, 15 (6).10.3390/ijerph15061230
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Emma Marks, Cameron Grant, Susan Morton, Clare Wall
  • Teixeira, J. A., Castro, T. G., Grant, C. C., Wall, C. R., Castro, A. L. D. S., Francisco, R. P. V., ... Marchioni, D. M. (2018). Dietary patterns are influenced by socio-demographic conditions of women in childbearing age: a cohort study of pregnant women. BMC public health, 18 (1)10.1186/s12889-018-5184-4
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Cameron Grant, Clare Wall
  • Castro, T. G., Grant, C. C., Wall, C. R., Welch, M., Marks, E., Fleming, C., ... Morton, S. M. B. (2017). Breastfeeding indicators among a nationally representative multi-ethnic sample of New Zealand children. New Zealand Medical Journal, 130 (1466), 34-44.
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Cameron Grant, Emma Marks, Susan Morton, Catherine Gilchrist, Clare Wall
  • Berry, S. D., Walker, C. G., Ly, K., Snell, R. G., Atatoa Carr, P. E., Bandara, D., ... Morton, S. M. B. (2017). Widespread prevalence of a CREBRF variant amongst Māori and Pacific children is associated with weight and height in early childhood. International Journal of Obesity10.1038/ijo.2017.230
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Emma Marks, Caroline Walker, Russell Snell, Susan Morton, Cameron Grant
  • Morton, S. M. B., Grant, C. C., Berry, S. D., Walker, C. G., Corkin, M., Ly, K., ... Mohal, J. (2017). Growing up in New Zealand: Now we are four: Describing the preschool years. Auckland, New Zealand: Growing Up in New Zealand.
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/34682
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Lisa Underwood, Susan Morton, Cameron Grant, Caroline Walker, Maria Corkin, Kien Ly, Jacinta Fa'alili-Fidow
  • Fernandes, E. C., Castro, T. G., & Sartorelli, D. S. (2017). Associated factors to malnutrition among African children under 5 years old, Bom Jesus, Angola. Revista de Nutrição, 30 (1), 33-44. 10.1590/1678-98652017000100004
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/32931