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Milena Moraes

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Research Interests
Body Composition
Ultra-processed foods
Dietary patterns
Cardiovascular risk

Milena Moraes is a Postdoctoral fellow at the University of Coimbra since January 2024, on the SCREENHEALTH project, a cohort study with preschool children aiming to analyze trajectories in the use of electronic devices and the impact on physical and mental health. Nutritionist (2009), with a specialization in Clinical Nutrition with focus on Cardiology and high complexity (2011), Master’s degree in Human Nutrition (2011) and PhD in Nutritional Sciences (2016), with an internship at the University of Zaragoza (2014- 2015). After three years of postdoctoral experience in research and lecturing in Brazil, she has been a professor at Escola Superior de Saúde Norte da Cruz Vermelha Portuguesa (2022-2024) and a Postdoctoral fellow at the Faculty of Nutrition and Food Sciences of the University of Porto (FCNAUP) (2019-2022) and at the Entre Douro e Vouga Hospital Center (CHEDV) (2023). She is a PhD researcher collaborating with the Laboratory for Integrative and Translational Research in Population Health (ITR) in the Laboratory of Food Habits Assessment and Determinants.

Her areas of professional interest are nutritional and obesity epidemiology, with particular interest in anthropometric and body composition assessment, cardiometabolic risk, eating habits, dietary surveys and consumption of ultra-processed foods.


Undergraduate level:

  • Dietetics and Nutrition (Escola Superior de Saúde Norte da Cruz Vermelha Portuguesa)
  • Nutritional Assessment (Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro)
  • Epidemiology (Universidade do Estado do Rio de Janeiro)

Postgraduate level:

  • Nutritional Assessment (Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro)

Short courses:

  • Strategies for collecting data on children’s food consumption: the 24 hour recall application software and the photographic manual used in the Brazilian National Survey on Child Nutrition (11th Brazilian Congress of Epidemiology)
  • Course on database creation, processing and statistical analysis: EpiData and SPSS (Universidade do Estado do Rio de Janeiro)
  • Course on Bibliographic Research and Reference Management (Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro)
Main Publications

de Araújo TP, de Moraes MM, Afonso C, Santos C, Rodrigues SSP. Food Processing: Comparison of Different Food Classification Systems. Nutrients. 2022; 14(4):729. doi: 10.3390/nu14040729

de Moraes MM, Oliveira B, Afonso C, Santos C, Torres D, Lopes C, Miranda RC, Rauber F, Antoniazzi L, Levy RB, et al. Dietary Patterns in Portuguese Children and Adolescent Population: The UPPER Project. Nutrients. 2021; 13(11):3851. doi:10.3390/nu13113851

Lacerda EMA, Boccolini CS, Alves-Santos NH, Castro IRR, Anjos LAD, Crispim SP, Costa THMD, Moraes MM, Farias DR, Carneiro LBV, Berti TL, Kac G. Methodological aspects of the assessment of dietary intake in the Brazilian National Survey on Child Nutrition (ENANI-2019): a population-based household survey. Cad Saude Publica. 2021 Aug 30;37(8):e00301420. doi: 10.1590/0102-311X00301420. PMID: 34495101.

Costa de Miranda R, Rauber F, de Moraes MM, et al. Consumption of ultra-processed foods and non-communicable disease-related nutrient profile in Portuguese adults and elderly (2015–2016): the UPPER project. British Journal of Nutrition. 2021;125(10):1177-1187. doi:10.1017/S000711452000344X

de Moraes MM, Moreira NF, de Oliveira ASD, Cunha DB, Sichieri R, da Veiga GV. Associations of changes in BMI and body fat percentage with demographic and socioeconomic factors: the ELANA middle school cohort. Int J Obes (Lond). 2019 Nov;43(11):2282-2290. doi: 10.1038/s41366-018-0283-y.

Moraes MM, Mediano MFF, de Souza RAG, et al. Discouraging soft drink consumption reduces blood glucose and cholesterol of Brazilian elementary students: Secondary analysis of a randomized controlled trial. Preventive Medicine. 2017;100:223-228. doi:10.1016/j.ypmed.2017.04.035

Research Projects

07652.PTDC • SCREENHEALTH – Screen Media Use Trajectories, Inequalities, and Long-Term Effects on Children’s Obesity and Mental Health • 2023 – 2026 • Postdoctoral researcher

PRIMUS GREAT project: Target in promoting children’s health: a research-driven school-based physical activity intervention • 2023 • Researcher

PTDC/SAU-NUT/32090/2017 • Consumption of ultra-processed foods, nutrient profile and obesity in Portugal • 2018 – 2022 • Postdoctoral researcher

CNPq/MS/SCTIE/DECIT/SAS/DAB/CGAN Nº 11/2017 • Brazilian National Survey on Child Nutrition • 2018 – 2022 • Postdoctoral researcher