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Maria-Raquel G Silva

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Research Interests
Sport and physical exercise

Maria-Raquel G Silva is Researcher of the Human Biology, Health and Society Group at CIAS – UC.

She is Associate Professor of Nutrition and Dietetics in the Faculty of Health Sciences of University Fernando Pessoa, Oporto (Portugal).

She also collaborates with the CHRC – Nova Medical School of Lisbon in the Group of Sleep, Chronobiology and Sleep Disorders.

She is Pos-Doc in Neurosciences (Medical Faculty of Lisbon), where she conducted a first study on the sleep of elite athletes. She and Professor Teresa Paiva are the authors of the first book on Nutrition, Sleep and Circadian Rhythm in athletes published by a sport federation. She is Ph.D. in Nutrition Sciences (Faculty of Food and Nutrition Sciences, University of Oporto) and has a Licentiate Degree in Sport and Physical Education, specialization in Training of High Performance (Faculty of Sport Sciences and Physical Education, University of Oporto, Portugal).

She holds the presidency of the Scientific Committee of the Gymnastics Federation of Portugal, where she is also a Nutrition expert.

She is a former rhythmic gymnast, coach and international judge.


Nutrition and Dietetics

Nutrition and Sport

Nutritional Status Evaluation

Sleep physiology

Public Health Applied to Physical Exercise in Special Populations

Main Publications

Silva H-H, Tavares V, Silva M-RG, Neto BV, Cerqueira F, Medeiros R. 2022. FAAH rs324420 polymorphism is associated with performance in elite rink-hockey players. Biology, 11(7), 1076; https://doi.org/10.3390/biology11071076

Santos-Rocha R, Szumilewicz A, Wegrzyk J, Hyvärinen M, de Labrusse C, Schläppy F, Silva M-RG, Oviedo-Caro MA. 2022. Promotion of physical activity and exercise during pregnancy and postpartum – Health professionals guide. IPSantarém – ESDRM, Conselho Coordenador dos Institutos Superiores Politécnicos, HESAV – School of Health Sciences, Lausanne, HES-SO – University of Applied Sciences and Arts Western Switzerland – ISBN: 978-989-8768-42-1.

Silva M-RG, Machado-Rodrigues AM, Rodrigues D, Nogueira H, Rosado-Marques V, Gama A, Padez C. Household food security and associated factors among Portuguese children. Ecology of Food and Nutrition. 2021:1-15, https://doi.org/10.1080/03670244.2021.2018311

Silva M-RG, Manac’h J, Rosado-Marques V, Frias-Bulhosa J. Dental caries and nutritional status of Cambodian vulnerable children and adolescents living in Phnom Penh. Antropologia Portuguesa. 2021, 28:63-77, https://doi.org/10.14195/2182-7982_38_4

Silva M-RG, Chetti A, Neves H, Manso MC. Is the consumption of beverages and food associated to dental erosion? A cross-sectional study in Portuguese athletes. Science & Sports. 2021. 36:477e1-477e11, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.scispo.2020.12.004

Silva H-H, Silva M-RG, Cerqueira F, Tavares V, Medeiros R. Genomic profile in association with sport-type, sex, ethnicity, psychological traits and sport injuries of elite athletes: review and future perspectives. Journal of Sports Medicine and Physical Fitness. 2021, Mar 5, https://doi.org/10.23736/S0022-4707.21.12020-1

Honório S, Batista M, Serrano J, Silva M-RG (Eds.). 2020. Sports, Health and Exercise Medicine. IntechOpen, https://www.intechopen.com/books/9153

Silva M-RG, Paiva T. Risk factors for precompetitive sleep behavior in elite female athletes. Journal of Sports Medicine and Physical Fitness. 2019, 59(4):708-716, https://doi.org/10.23736/S0022-4707.18.08498-0

Silva M-RG, Paiva T, Silva H-H. The elite athlete as a special risk traveller and the jet lag’s effect: lessons learned from the past and how to be prepared for the next Olympic Games 2020 Tokyo? Journal of Sports Medicine and Physical Fitness. 2019, 59(8):1420-1429, https://doi.org/10.23736/S0022-4707.18.08894-1

Silva M-RG, Silva H-H, Paiva T. Sleep duration, body composition, dietary profile and eating behaviours among children and adolescents: a comparison between Portuguese acrobatic gymnasts. European Journal of Pediatrics. 2018, 177(6):815-825, https://doi.org/10.1007/s00431-018-3124-z

Silva M-RG, Silva H-H. Comparison of body composition and nutrients’ deficiencies between Portuguese rink-hockey players. Eur J Pediatr 2017;176(1):41-50. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00431-016-2803-x

Silva M-RG, Paiva T. 2015. Sono, Nutrição, Ritmo Circadiano, Jet Lag e Desempenho Desportivo. Lisboa: Federação de Ginástica de Portugal/Instituto Português do Desporto e da Juventude I.P. ISBN: 978-989-8650-54-2.

Silva M-RG. 2015. Alimentação na Ginástica: de Pais para Filhos. Lisboa: Federação de Ginástica de Portugal/ Instituto Português do Desporto e da Juventude I.P. ISBN: 978-989-8650-53-5.

Silva M-RG. 2015. Avaliação nutricional e composição corporal – 3ª edição. ISBN: 978-989-643-134-1. Porto: Edições Universidade Fernando Pessoa.

Research Projects

Her research activities have strong links with the community and well-being, especially children, adolescents, young adults and athletes in areas related to Nutrition and Dietetics (Obesity, Diabetes, Hypertension, Cardiovascular Diseases), Food Security, Body Composition, Physical Activity and Exercise, Chrono Nutrition (Appetite) and Neurosciences (Neurobiology, Sleep and Stress).