Marly Augusto Cardoso is a Full Professor at the Department of Nutrition, School of Public Health, University of São Paulo (SPH-USP), Brazil, and Visiting Professor of the NOVA University of Lisbon, Portugal. She was head of the Department of Nutrition/SPH-USP (2012-2014), Coordinator of the Postgraduate Program in Public Health Nutrition (2006-2010), and President of the Research Committee of SPH/USP (2018-2022). She served as a visiting researcher at the Department of Nutrition at the Harvard School of Public Health (2005-2006 and 2012), and at the Department of Nutrition at the University of California Davis (2022), USA.
She coordinated several research projects and the School of High Studies in Nutritional Epidemiology (USP / Harvard, supported by CAPES / Brazil and Fogarty / NIH / USA). She is Associate Editor of the scientific journals PLoS One and Revista de Saúde Pública, also collaborating as ad-hoc reviewer in several international journals in the areas of nutrition, epidemiology and public health. She was a member of the Scientific Committee of the International Diabetes Epidemiology Group (IDEG) and a member of the body of scientific advisers from Fapesp, CNPq and CAPES (Brazilian Research Fund Agencies). She completed 10 postdoctoral guidance, 12 doctorate, 16 master’s degrees, more than 50 scientific initiation and technical research training guidelines.
She has experience in the field of Nutrition, with an emphasis on Nutritional Epidemiology and Public Health, working mainly on the following topics: assessment of nutritional status, food consumption and nutritional epidemiology. She was Principal Investigator of more than 10 Research and Development Projects award by Brazilian research funds.
Research Topics: nutritional epidemiology, cohort studies, design and evaluation of nutrition surveys, and public health interventions
Dr. Cardoso research is focused on the design, implementation and evaluation of nutrition surveys, including studies on health and nutritional conditions of children in Amazonian counties. Her recent research has focused on maternal and child health, assessing nutritional status in the Amazonian remote regions where double burden of malnutrition is common. She has been actively involved in multiple large cohort studies, and leading prospective studies in child health. As Principal Investigator, she coordinates the birth cohort “MINA-Brazil Study” (Materno-INfantil no Acre) in Cruzeiro do Sul, Acre state, Western Brazilian Amazon (Principal Investigator of the CNPq Science Without Borders Program 2015-2017; Fapesp Thematic Project 2017-2023).
She was also the Coordinator of the Brazilian Study of Home Fortification for Complementary Feeding (ENFAC study) – multicentric pragmatic trial with support from the Ministry of Health of Brazil, CNPq and UNICEF (2012-2014). Ad-hoc peer reviewer for the following institutions: CNPq, Fapesp, Capes, Fapesb, Fapac (Brazil), Colciencias (Colombia), Gubenkian Institute (Portugal), University of Newcastle (Australia), University College of London.
Ongoing Projects as Principal Investigator
– MINA STUDY – MATERNO-INFANTIL NO ACRE: BIRTH COHORT IN THE WESTERN BRAZILIAN AMAZON. Fapesp Research Line grant 2016/00270-6. April/2017 to October/2023.
– Nutrition, health and food security of indigenous communities in Alagoas state, Brazil. Fapesp Research grant 2019/22739-4. February/2021 to January/2023.
-Family-based WhatsApp intervention to prevent obesity and promote healthy eating behaviors among Amazonian school children: study protocol of a randomized controlled trial. CNPq/Universal Call no. 18/2021 – research grant number 404500/2021-8. February/2022 to February/2025.
Publications: She is author of 7 books and has published more than 160 papers in International Scientific Journals. She participates regularly in scientific international conferences.
- Cardoso Ma, Matijasevich A, Malta Mb, et al. Cohort profile: the Maternal and Child Health and Nutrition in Acre, Brazil, birth cohort study (MINA-Brazil). BMJ Open 2020;10(2):e034513. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2019-034513.
- Neves Par, Castro MC, Oliveira CVR, Malta MB, Lourenço BH, Cardoso MA. Effect of Vitamin A status during pregnancy on maternal anemia and newborn birth weight: results from a cohort study in the Western Brazilian Amazon. Eur J Nutr. 2018 Dec 17. doi: 10.1007/s00394-018-1880-1
- Ferreira MU, Giacomini I, Sato PM, Lourenço BH, Nicolete VC, Buss LF, Matijasevich A, Castro MC, Cardoso MA. SARS-CoV-2 seropositivity and COVID-19 among 5 years-old Amazonian children and their association with poverty and food insecurity. PLoS Negl Trop Dis. 2022 Jul 18;16(7):e0010580. doi: 10.1371/journal.pntd.0010580.
- Devakumar D, Bamford A, Ferreira MU, Broad J, Rosch RE, Groce N, Breuer J, Cardoso MA, Copp AJ, Alexandre P, Rodrigues LC, Abubakar I. Infectious causes of microcephaly: epidemiology, pathogenesis, diagnosis, and management. Lancet Infect Dis 18(1): e1-e13, 2018. doi: 10.1016/S1473-3099(17)30398-5. Review
- Cardoso MA, Augusto RA, Bortolini GA, Oliveira CS, Tietzman DC, Sequeira LA, Hadler MC, Peixoto MR, Muniz PT, Vitolo MR, Lira PI, Jaime PC; ENFAC Working Group. Effect of Providing Multiple Micronutrients in Powder through Primary Healthcare on Anemia in Young Brazilian Children: A Multicentre Pragmatic Controlled Trial. PLoS One 14;11(3): e0151097, 2016.