Dr Teresa Gontijo de Castro

Biography

I am a Dietitian with a Masters degree and a PhD concluded in the area of Nutrition and Public Health (2007,University of Sao Paulo Brazil).  From 2006-2014 I was employed as an Adjunct Professor at two Brazilian Universities (Federal University of Minas Gerais and the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul). I  work for the University of Auckland since July 2015 and I am currently working for the Discipline of Nutrition (School of Medical Sciences) and for the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics (School of Population Health). I have expertise in Nutritional Epidemiology and in Epidemiology, Health and Nutrition of Indigenous Peoples.

Research | Current

University of Auckland, New Zealand

Current

  • Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics (May 2019-recent): Projects within the Centre of Research Excellence in Reducing Salt Intake using Food Policies Interventions -George Institute for Global Health, Deakin Univerity, the University of Auckland (Senior Research Fellow)
  • Discipline of Nutrition (Feb 2019- recent): Projects on infant and childhood nutrition using the data of Growing up in New Zealand birth cohort study (Senior Research Fellow)

Past

  • August 2017-August 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)
  • January 2016-December 2017: Randomised Controlled Study of Vitamin D to Reduce Acute Respiratory Infection Health Care Visits within the next 12 months. Research funding: Cure Kids; Starship Foundation (Research Fellow)
  • August 2015- December 2018: Growing up in New Zealand birth cohort study (Research Fellow)

 

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 Populations (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

I am seeking for Masters and PhD students interested in developing their research in the area of Nutritional Epidemiology.

Postgraduate Students- In Progress

  • Masters (Sara Ferreira):Timing of introduction of complementary foods within GUiNZ study. Postgraduate Programme Nutrition and Public Health, University of Sao Paulo (Brazil). Start date: February 2018. Co-Supervisor.

Postgraduate Students- Succcessful completions

  • PhD (Anabele Pires): Health and sociodemographic profile of under five years old and women in reproductive age, indigenous Pataxó from Minas Gerais, Brazil. Postgraduate Programme of Translational Medicine, Federal University of Sao Paulo, Brazil. September 2018. 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. University of Auckland. December 2017. One of the Supervisors in New Zealand.
  • PhD (Ema Fernandes): Childhood malnutrition determinants in the Commune of Bom Jesus, Angola, Africa: Application of a hierarchical model. Postgraduate Programme of Community Health, Faculty of Medicine of Ribeirao Preto, University of Sao Paulo, Brazil.October 2014. Co-Supervisor.
  • Masters (Camila Mazzetti):Nutritional status of the indigenous Pataxó from 05 villages from Minas Gerais, Brazil.Postgraduate Programme of Nursing, Federal University of Minas Gerais, Brazil. February 2015. Co-Supervisor.
  • Masters (Patricia 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. Postgraduate Programme of Epidemiology, Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil. December 2009. Main Supervisor.
  • Masters (Laura Barufaldi):Body Mass Index and values of bioelectrical impedance of children and adolescents indigenous Kaingang, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil.  Postgraduate Programme of Epidemiology, Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil. December 2008. Main 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
  • 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. (2019). Effects of folic acid food fortification scenarios on the folate intake of a multi-ethnic pregnant population. Public health nutrition, 22 (4), 738-749. 10.1017/s1368980018003026
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Cameron Grant, Clare Wall, Susan Morton
  • Castro, T. G., Grant, C. C., wall, C. R., Welch, M., Marks, E., Fleming, C. J., ... Morton, S. M. (2019). Breastfeeding indicators and associations with maternal sociodemographic characteristics: Results from Growing up in New Zealand cohort study. Paper presented at Conference of the New Zealand Lactant Consultants Association 2019, Auckland, New Zealand. 22 February - 23 February 2019. Related URL.
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Cameron Grant, Emma Marks, Susan Morton
  • Castro, T. G., & Cardoso, M. A. (2019). Lipideos (Lipids). In M. A. Cardoso, F. B. Scagliusi (Eds.) Nutricao e Dietetica (Nutrition and Dietetics) (pp. 47-60). Rio de Janeiro- Brazil: Guanabara Koogan. Related URL.
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/47375
  • Asakura, L., Castro, T. G., Tomita, L. Y., & Cardoso, M. A. (2019). Vitaminas Lipossoluveis A, E e K (Lipossoluble Vitamins A,E and K). In M. A. Cardoso, F. B. Scagliusi (Eds.) Nutricao e Dietetica (Nutrition and Dietetics) (pp. 77-102). Rio de Janeiro, Brazil: Guanabara Koogan. Related URL.
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/47374
  • Almeida, L. C., Asakura, L., Castro, T. G., & Cardoso, M. A. (2019). Vitaminas do Complexo B (Vitamins of the Complex B). In M. A. Cardoso, F. B. Scagliusi (Eds.) Nutricao e Dietetica (Nutrition and Dietetics) (pp. 103-148). Rio de Janeiro, Brazil: Guanabara Koogan. Related URL.
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/47373
  • Gerritsen, S., Wall, C., Grant, C. C., Teixeira, J., Marchioni, D., Pillai, A., ... Castro, T. G. (2018). Infant feeding index among the Growing up in New Zealand cohort: Adherence to the national food and nutrition guidelines. Paper presented at 2018 Conference of the Nutrition Society, Auckland, New Zealand. 28 November - 30 November 2018. Related URL.
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Sarah Gerritsen, Cameron Grant, Avinesh Pillai, Susan Morton
  • Gerritsen, S., Wall, C., Grant, C. C., Teixeira, J., Marchioni, D., Pillai, A., ... Castro, T. G. (2018). Inequalities in infant feeding practices among the Growing Up in New Zealand cohort. Paper presented at 2018 Conference of the NZ Nutrition Society, Auckland, New Zealand. 28 November - 30 November 2018. Related URL.
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Sarah Gerritsen, Cameron Grant, Avinesh Pillai, Susan Morton
  • Gontijo de Castro, T. G., Gerritsen, S. C., Wall, C. R., Grant, C. C., Teixeira, J. A., Marchioni, D. M., ... Morton, S. M. B. (2018). Infant Feeding in New Zealand: Adherence to Food and Nutrition Guidelines among the Growing Up in New Zealand cohort. Wellington, New Zealand: Ministry of Social Development. Related URL.
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/45283
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Sarah Gerritsen, Cameron Grant, Avinesh Pillai, Susan Morton

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Primary office location

8 GRAFTON ROAD - Bldg 219
Level B, Room B01
8 GRAFTON RD
AUCKLAND CENTRAL
AUCKLAND 1010
New Zealand

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