Dr Teresa Gontijo de Castro

Biography

I  am a researcher and have been working for the University of Auckland since July 2015. I was employed as an Adjunct Professor at the Federal University of Minas Gerais (2009-2015) and at the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul (2006-2009), Brazil. I concluded my PhD (2007) and my masters degree (2004) at the Faculty of Public Health of the University of Sao Paulo, Brazil (area: Nutrition and Public Health). I am a dietitian with an undergraduate degree completed at the Federal University of Vicosa, Brazil (2002). I have expertise in Nutritional Epidemiology and in Epidemiology, Health and Nutrition of Indigenous Peoples.

Research | Current

Current

University of Auckland, New Zealand

  • Feb 2019- recent: Projects on infant and childhood nutrition using the data of Growing up in New Zealand birth cohort study (Senior Research Fellow)
  • 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)

Brazilian Universities

  • November 2013- November 2017: Conditions of life, health, food and nutrition of the Indigenous Krenak population, Resplendor (MG) Brazil. Funding:National Council of Technological and Scientific Development (CNPq, Brazil). Leader institution: Federal University of Minas Gerais (Named Investigator)
  • December 2010-December 2013: Nutritional status, health and socioeconomic and environmental situation of the Indigenous Pataxó population from Minas Gerais state, Brazil.  Funding: The State of Minas Gerais Research Foundation (FAPEMIG, Brazil). Leader institution: Federal University of Minas Gerais (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 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. The University of Auckland. December 2017. One of the Supervisors in NZ.
  • 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.

Undergraduate Students- Successful Completions

  • Scientific Initiation (Samanta Souza): Distribution of bioelectrical values among the Pataxó indigenous from Minas Gerais, Brazil. Federal University of Minas Gerais, Brazil. March 2014. Main Supervisor.
  • Scientific Initiation (Nicole Santos):Nutritional status of the indigenous Pataxó from Minas Gerais. Federal University of Minas Gerais, Brazil. August 2012. Main Supervisor.
  • Scientific Initiation (Nicole Santos):Bioelectrical impedance values and phase angle: sex and age distributions among indigenous Kaingáng, State of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil.Federal University of Minas Gerais, Brazil. March 2012. Main Supervisor.
  • Scientific Initiation (Marcia 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. Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil. July 2009. Main Supervisor.
  • Scientific Initiation (Priccila Zuchinali): Food and nutrition situation of the Kaingáng enrolled in indigenous schools of the National School Feeding Programme in the State of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil.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
  • 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: 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: Cameron Grant, Avinesh Pillai, Susan Morton
  • Castro, T. G., Gerrisen, S., Wall, C., Grant, C., Teixeira, J. A., Marchioni, D. M., ... Morton, S. (2018). Infant feeding in New Zealand: Adhrence 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/2292/45396
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Cameron Grant, Avinesh Pillai, Susan Morton
  • 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
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/44795
    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
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/43432
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Cameron Grant, Emma Marks, Susan Morton, Caroline Walker, Russell Snell
  • Pires, A. P., Mazzetti, C. M. S., Franco, M. C. P., Santos, N. L. G. O., Conde, W. L., Leite, M. S., ... Castro, T. G. (2018). Estado Nutricional e Condições Ambientais e de Saúde de Crianças Pataxó, Minas Gerais, Brasil = Nutritional status and environmental and health conditions of Pataxo children, Minas Gerais state, Brazil. Cadernos de Saúde Pública, 34 (6), 1-8. 10.1590/0102-311X00165817
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/40971

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M&HS BUILDING 501 - Bldg 501
Level SB, Room SB03
85 PARK RD
GRAFTON
AUCKLAND 1023
New Zealand

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