Mercedes Sotos Prieto, PhD is a nutritional epidemiologist trained in Europe and Harvard Chan School of Public Health. She is currently a Ramon y Cajal Scientist at the University Autonomous of Madrid and an Adjunct Professor at Harvard Chan School of Public Health. Her current research focuses on dietary patterns, lifestyle, cardiovascular diseases and healthy aging, with special interest in translational nutritional epidemiology. Additionally, during the last years she got funding to evaluate the metabolic signature of the Mediterranean diet. She had a strong record of publications in high impact journals as first author such as Circulation or the New England Journal of Medicine. Her main current research topics include:
- The study of the association between different dietary patterns and healthy lifestyles adherence (including the Mediterranean lifestyle (MEDLIFE index)) and chronic diseases in large cohort populations (including cardiovascular disease, cardiometabolic risk factors, and healthy aging).
- The development of new Healthy Lifestyle Scores to study its association with main chronic diseases. (Grant PI20/00896)
- The development of interactive web and mobile applications based on the Healthy Lifestyle Scores for its implementation in the clinical practice and occupational settings.
- The study of Mediterranean diets intervention in occupational health (Funding grants by the Federal Emergency Management Agency, USA)
- Precision nutrition: Mediterranean diet metabolic signatures
- Sustainable plant-based diets and lifestyles, and chronic diseases