The International Chair for Advanced Studies on Hydration (ICASH)
Dr. Lluís Serra Majem
Director of the ICASH
Professor Dr. Lluís Serra-Majem is a Doctor of Medicine, Nutrition and specialist in Preventive Medicine and Public Health. At the beginning of his professional career, he worked as a physician-epidemiologist in several leadership positions in the Catalan health administration and then completed a Master’s degree and Doctorate in Nutrition and Public Health in Sherbrooke (Canada). In 1988, he took the post of Professor of Preventive Medicine and Public Health at the Faculty of Medicine, University of Barcelona, where he created and directed the Community Nutrition Research Centre, University of Barcelona Science Park. Since 1995, he has held the UNESCO Chair for Research, Planning and Development of Local Health Systems and is the Director of the Nutrition Research Group and Director of the Research Institute of Biomedical and Health Sciences at the Department of Clinical Sciences at the University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria.
In 1989 he founded the Spanish Society of Community Nutrition and was the Chairman from 2000 to 2006. He is also the Founder and President of the Spanish Academy of Nutrition and Food Science (AEN), the Foundation for Nutrition Research (FIN), the NGO Nutrition Without Borders and the International Foundation for the Mediterranean Diet (IFMeD). From 1996 until 2012, he presided the Mediterranean Diet Foundation, where he promoted and led the recognition of the Mediterranean Diet as an Intangible Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO, a milestone that was obtained in 2010. He is currently also the President of the Interuniversity Institute of Mediterranean Cultures and Foods The University of La Sapienza in Rome and is, at the same time, visiting professor of numerous European and Latin American Universities.
Author of more than 800 scientific publications, with 70 books and more than 400 indexed scientific articles, in the last 25 years he has participated and directed numerous national and European projects. He has conducted the Nutrition and Food Survey of Catalonia (1992-93 and 2002-03), the Canary Nutrition Survey of the Canary Health Service (1997-98), the ENKID Study on the Spanish population of children and young people (1998-2000), The Nutrition Survey of Andorra (2004) and the Project “Total diet study” of the Valencian Community (2003-04). He has been part of the scientific steering committee among others of the following projects of the European Union: CREDITS4HEALTH “Credits based, people-centric approach for the adoption of healthy life-styles and balanced Mediterranean diet in the frame of social participation for health promotion“, PLANTLIBRA “PLANT food supplements: Levels of Intake, Benefit and Risk Assessment”, EURRECA “EURopean RECommendations Aligned Harmonising nutrient recommendations across Europe with special focus on vulnerable groups and consumer understanding”; BENERIS“Benefit-Risk assessment for food: an iterative value-of-information approach”; PIPS “Personalised Information Platform for Life and Health Services“, EXPOCHI “Individual food consumption data and four exposure assessment Studies for children in Europe: food colours, selenium, chromium and lead” y ENHR I & II “European Nutrition Health Report I and II.
He is also Group Coordinator of the Center for Biomedical Research in Network (CIBER) of Obesity and Nutrition Pathophysiology of the Carlos III Health Institute, integrating the PREDIMED study “Prevention with the Mediterranean Diet” and the current PREDIMED PLUS “Effect of a diet Mediterranean hypocaloric and promotion of physical activity in primary cardiovascular prevention.
Its scientific and academic trajectory places him as one of the scientists with the highest productivity and exterior projection in the Canary Islands. He also exercises national and international leadership in the field of nutrition and public health, the Mediterranean diet, prevention of childhood obesity and hydration.
Dr. Adriana Ortiz Andrellucchi
Las Palmas de Gran Canaria Team
PhD in Public Health Nutrition from the University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria. Degree in Pharmacy from the University Juan Agustín Maza, Mendoza, Argentina. Master in International Cooperation for Development by the University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria. Master in Public Health Nutrition by the University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria.
Researcher of the Nutrition Group of the Research Institute of Biomedical and Health Sciences, Department of Clinical Sciences, University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria. Member of the Latin American Group of Community Nutrition.
RESEARCH LINES: – Nutritional, cognitive and social assessment of children assisted in the prevention center of child malnutrition in Mendoza, Argentina. -Effect of the Mediterranean diet on the primary prevention of cardiovascular disease “PREDIMED”. – Nutritional intervention study with milk enriched with aloe vera in patients with gastroesophageal reflux. -Evaluation of the immunomodulation during the puerperium with the intake of milk fermented with Lactobacillus casei. -European Project Aligned (EURRECA), Sixth Framework Program Priority 5 Food Quality and Safety. – Study of hydration habits, diet and health in pregnant women of the Canary Islands.
She is participant and invited speaker at scientific meetings, conferences, and symposia. She is the author of publications in national and international journals and book chapters. She currently lives in the Canary Islands, Spain.
Dr. Javier Aranceta Bartrina
Latin America Director
(Bilbao, 1952) He is a specialist in Preventive Medicine and Public Health. Doctor of Medicine and Surgery from the University of the Basque Country (UPV). Certificate of Higher Specialization (CES) in Dietetics and Nutrition from the University of Nancy (France), Diploma in Nutrition by the Universities of Madrid and Granada. Master in Nutrition. Autonomous University of Barcelona. PhD in Nutrition (PhD) from the University of Perugia (Italy) and Master in Public Health from the UPV.
Director of the Community Nutrition Unit of the Public Health Service of the Bilbao City Council and Associate Professor in the Department of Preventive Medicine and Public Health of the University of Navarra. Coordinator of the Working Group on Epidemiology of the NAOS Strategy (Nutrition, Obesity and Physical Activity) of the Ministry of Health and Consumption. Technical Director of the PERSEO program of the Spanish Agency for Food Safety and Nutrition (AESAN) for the promotion of physical activity and healthy eating in the Spanish school population. President of the Spanish Society of Community Nutrition (SENC). Founding member and president of the scientific committee of the NGO “Nutrición sin Fronteras”. Vice President of the Spanish Academy of Nutrition. President of the Food Sciences Section of the Academy of Medical Sciences of Bilbao. He has published as author 9 books; As editor or co-editor 20; Author of 103 book chapters and 4 prologues. He is the author of 67 articles in scientific journals (34 international).
Dr. Mariela Nissensohn
Las Palmas de Gran Canaria Team
Mariela Nissensohn was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina. She obtained a degree in Nutrition at the University of Buenos Aires (UBA), Argentina in 1998. She studied a Master in Clinical Nutrition at the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, and obtained her PhD. in Public Health (Epidemiology, Planning and Nutrition) at the University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria in 2012. She is a Member of the Research Institute of Biomedical and Health Sciences, University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria. Member of the CIBER OBN, Biomedical Research Networking Center for Physiopathology of Obesity and Nutrition, Carlos III Health Institute.
She has been Associate Professor of Nutrition at the Universidad Autónoma del Carmen, Campeche, Mexico during 2007 – 2008. She has extensive experience in the field of Clinical Nutrition, especially in the areas of diabetes and obesity. She has participated in national and international projects as EURRECA (European micronutrient Recommendations Aligned), as well as in several projects of the European Hydration Institute. She has coordinated the project Relation between moderate consumption of beer, nutritional quality of the diet and type of eating habits.
She has participated in several lines of research both in the field of Clinical Nutrition and Nutritional Epidemiology: micronutrients in general and in particular the Zinc in infants, omega 3 fatty acids in relation to their biomarkers, hypertension in relation with the Mediterranean Diet, different aspects of hydration in the framework of ANIBES Study (Anthropometry, Ingestion and Energy Balance in Spain) and Predimed Plus, etc. She is author and co-author of many nutrition articles published in several international scientific journals and has made several book chapters.
Raquel Luzardo Socorro, MgSc
Latin America Team
I am Venezuelan, 36 years old, I have a Degree in Nutrition and Dietetics from Zulia University in Maracaibo – Venezuela earnet in 2010, and a Master’s Degree in Physical Activity and Sport Sciences from Technical University of Madrid (TUM) – Spain. Currently working towards my Doctoral Degree in Physical Activity and Sport Sciences at Technical University of Madrid (TUM) – Spain. Also I have Level II Anthropometrist (I.S.A.K.). I have worked as a researcher for 4 years in hydration, physical activity and sport in adults. On the other hand, I have participated in dozens of congresses, conferences, seminars, symposiums and scientific conferences both nationally and internationally in Americas and Europe. I have been coauthor in several publications about nutrition, physical activity and hydration research. In 2015, I was awarded a scholarship by the European Hydration Institute (EHI) and an international recognition at the 6th Hydration Network Meeting at the Royal Academy of Medicine in London – England, on the merit of being among the two best scientific results at European Experts. On the other hand, I consider myself a proactive and qualified person to work on prevention and policy development projects oriented towards the integral health of the population from a nutritional perspective, emphasizing hydration as a fundamental part of what has been my process of development as a professional and as a human being, able to help others through research. Coordinator of the Working group: water requirements and electrolytes of the Venezuelan Study for References Values for Energy and Nutrients carried out by the Venezuelan Nutrition Institute. I have been a tv and radio personality on talk shows about nutrition.