Skills

I am looking to continuously enhance my skill set to match the requirements of projects. An overview of my current skills are summarised below.

  • Management : Project management, protocol design and budget management for research studies. ILM Level 7 leadership and management certificate. Supervision and mentoring skills. Collaboration formation between research institutions, for research studies. Coordination of several EU / UK funded projects, including organisation of workshops and events. Managing the finance of research projects including end-of-year financial reports
  • Business : Non-disclosure agreements (NDAs), intellectual property (IP) management, knowledge exchange.
  • Presentation : Lecturing Public Health Nutrition (BSc)
  • Written : Scientific writing and critical reviewing
  • Language : English (fluent), Spanish (native), Italian (intermediate), German (basic)
  • Research Analysis Techniques : Systematic Review process, Meta-Analysis
  • Statistics : Stata, SPSS, NVivo
  • Food Composition
  • Dietary Assessment : 24-hour recall, Food Frequency Questionnaire (FFQ), Diet History, WinDiets, Foodbase, etc
  • Psychological Testing : WPPSI-R, BITSEA, Day/Night Stroop Test, 9-boxes Test, Theory of Mind Test
  • Web Skills : Blogging, Twitter, web sites
  • Other Software : Word (expert), Excel (expert), Powerpoint (expert), Access (expert), Publisher (good), Microsoft Project (good), LibreOffice (good), EndNote (good), Tableau data visualisation (good).

Education

Sep 2010 – Sep 2013 : University of Central Lancashire, UK

I undertook my PhD in Nutritional Sciences with a thesis entitled “Zinc intake-status-health relationships and the impact of multiple micronutrient supplementation on cognitive function in Peruvian pre-school children” between 2010 and 2013, and it was awarded in October 2014. This involved 6 months conducting an empirical study in Peru, together with 2 and a half years in the UK developing and writing up the thesis. Further details of this thesis are provided in a series of academic papers. During this doctorate I was the winner of a 2012 Grant by FFWG.

The first paper derived from work in my thesis is a systematic review and meta-analysis of zinc intake, status and indices of cognitive function in adults and children. This is published in the European Journal Of Clinical Nutrition, 2015 [Paper #ejcn201560a].

Abstract : The long term impact of multiple micronutrient supplementation during infancy on cognition and executive function in pre-school children

The abstract of this paper was presented at the summer meeting of the Nutrition Society in Glasgow on 17/07/2014, and will be published in the proceedings of the Nutrition Society.

The second paper derived from work in my thesis is an analysis of the long term impact of micronutrient supplementation during infancy on cognition and executive function performance in pre-school children. This focusses on the cognitive aspects of my Peruvian study. This is published in Nutrients, 2015, 7(8), 6606-6627; doi:10.3390/nu7085302.

Abstract : Study of the long term impact of micronutrient supplementation during infancy on growth, anaemia and zinc status in pre-school children

The abstract of this paper was presented at the World Congress of Public Health Nutrition in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain on 12/11/2014 and was published in the International Journal of Community Nutrition Volume 0 (supplement), November 2014. PM-067. p186.

Sep 2007 – Sep 2008 : London Metropolitan University, UK

I undertook my MSc in Human Nutrition & Public Health with Sports, and wrote a thesis entitled “Comparison of food portion sizes 1988 vs 2008 in the UK” [available upon request, contact me].

Sep 2005 – Sep 2007 : London Metropolitan University, UK

I undertook my BSc (Hons) in Human Nutrition, and wrote a thesis entitled “Nutritional status among the elderly in a residential home (UK) compared with current guidelines” [available upon request, contact me]

1995 – 2003 : Universidad Nacional Hermilio Valdizan, Peru

I undertook my BSc (equivalent) in Veterinary Medicine in Peru.