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Ada Garcia

Country of origin: Guatemala Currently in: United Kingdom, Glasgow General field of specialization: Medical and Health Sciences incl Neurosciences
Academic Background


2004 Doctorate Medical and Health Sciences incl Neurosciences
1995 Undergraduate Medical and Health Sciences incl Neurosciences
Research and Profession

Current Research Activities

Medical and Health Sciences incl Neurosciences

Nutrition in infants and young children - Key themes: Infant Nutrition, Complementary feeding (weaning), Commercial baby foods, Feeding and Eating Behaviours, Dietary Fibre, Fruit and Vegetable intake, Pre-school/Nursery Interventions, Malnutrition in Low and Middle Income Countries. Food Environment. Evaluation of nutrition interventions at community level - Key themes: Programme design and evaluation, Community based approaches, Healthy Eating, Cooking skills. Human Feeding Interventions - Dietary interventions for free-living subjects to determine the effect of bioactive dietary constituents such as non-digestible carbohydrates (dietary fibre) on metabolic responses.

Research Keywords: 
Public Health
Child Health

Publications resulting from Research: 

1. Garcia, A.L.; Curtin, L.; Ronquillo, J.D.; Parrett, A.; Wright, C.M. Changes in the UK baby food market surveyed in 2013 and 2019: The rise of baby snacks and sweet/savoury foods. Archives of Disease in Childhood 2020, 10.1136/archdischild-2020-318845, doi:10.1136/archdischild-2020-318845.
2. Garcia, A.L.; Ronquillo, J.D.; Morillo-Santander, G.; Mazariegos, C.V.; Lopez-Donado, L.; Vargas-Garcia, E.J.; Curtin, L.; Parrett, A.; Mutoro, A.N. Sugar content and nutritional quality of child orientated ready to eat cereals and yoghurts in the uk and latin america; Does food policy matter? Nutrients 2020, 12, doi:10.3390/nu12030856.
3. Garcia, A.L.; Athifa, N.; Hammond, E.; Parrett, A.; Gebbie-Diben, A. Community-based cooking programme 'Eat Better Feel Better' can improve child and family eating behaviours in low socioeconomic groups. J Epidemiol Community Health 2020, 74, 190-196, doi:10.1136/jech-2018-211773.
4. Lessa, A.; Garcia, A.L.; Emmett, P.; Crozier, S.; Robinson, S.; Godfrey, K.M.; Wright, C.M. Does early introduction of solid feeding lead to early cessation of breastfeeding? Matern Child Nutr 2020, 10.1111/mcn.12944, e12944, doi:10.1111/mcn.12944.
5. Ezeofor, I.O.; Garcia, A.L.; Wright, C.M. Criteria for undernutrition screening in hospitalised infants under 6 months: a diagnostic accuracy study in a resource-poor setting. Arch Dis Child 2020, 105, 524-529, doi:10.1136/archdischild-2019-318313.
6. Addison, R.; Hill, L.; Bode, L.; Robertson, B.; Choudhury, B.; Young, D.; Wright, C.; Relton, C.; Garcia, A.L.; Tappin, D.M. Development of a biochemical marker to detect current breast milk intake. Matern Child Nutr 2020, 16, e12859, doi:10.1111/mcn.12859.
7. García, A.L.; Morillo-Santander, G.; Parrett, A.; Mutoro, A.N. Confused health and nutrition claims in food marketing to children could adversely affect food choice and increase risk of obesity. Arch Dis Child 2019, 104, 541-546, doi:10.1136/archdischild-2018-315870.
8. Garcia, A.L.; Looby, S.; McLean-Guthrie, K.; Parrett, A. An Exploration of Complementary Feeding Practices, Information Needs and Sources. Int J Environ Res Public Health 2019, 16, doi:10.3390/ijerph16224311.
9. Garcia, A.L.; Reardon, R.; Hammond, E.; Parrett, A.; Gebbie-Diben, A. Evaluation of the “Eat better feel better” cooking programme to tackle barriers to healthy eating. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 2017, 14, doi:10.3390/ijerph14040380.
10. García, A.L.; Raza, S.; Parrett, A.; Wright, C.M. Nutritional content of infant commercial weaning foods in the UK. Arch Dis Child 2013, 98, 793-797, doi:10.1136/archdischild-2012-303386.

Current profession

Current professional activities type: 
I am a Public Health Nutritionist leading the Public Health Nutrition component at the MSc Human Nutrition at Glasgow University. I teach at both undergraduate and postgraduate level. I supervise PhD students. My lead research in infant and young child nutrition at national and global level. I work collaboratively with programmes working with communities addressing diet and health inequalities via generating evidence to support their activities.

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