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Silvia Bel Serrat

Post Doc Research Fellow Lvl I

School Of Public Hlth, Phys & Sports Sci
Woodview House
Belfield
Dublin 4

Tel: +353 1 7163447
Email: silvia.belserrat@ucd.ie

Biography

I hold a BSc in Human Nutrition and Dietetics and a BSc degree in Food Science and Technology from the University of Zaragoza (Spain). In 2007, I joined the GENUD (Growth, Exercise, Nutrition and Development) research group, at the University of Zaragoza, where I completed my PhD thesis in Nutritional Epidemiology entitled 'Diet, lifestyle and cardiovascular disease risk factors in European children and adolescents' . After the completion of my PhD in January 2014, I took up a position as a Postdoctoral Researcher in the Dietary Exposure Assessment group at the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) which primarily involved the development of a standardised dietary assessment tool for use in Mexico and Brazil. I have participated in several large-scale international studies (HELENA, IDEFICS, Eurreca, iFamily, EuroDISH, DEDIPAC) funded by the European Commission. My research interest focuses on dietary intake assessment methodologies, early life nutrition and dietary behaviours, and obesity and cardiovascular risk factors during childhood and adolescence. I am the current manager of the National Nutrition Surveillance Centre in the UCD School of Public Health, Physiotherapy and Sports Science. My research work at the National Nutrition Surveillance Centre focuses on the analysis of the WHO Childhood Obesity Surveillance Initiative data to monitor the progress of overweight and obesity among Irish children.





Professional

Honours and Awards

Year: 2015.
Title: PhD Extraordinary Prize

Associations

Association: Spanish Council of Nutritionists and Dietitians, Function/Role: Member
Association: Spanish Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Function/Role: Member
Association: European Federation of the Association of Dietitians, Function/Role: Member
Association: International Confederation of Dietetic Associations, Function/Role: Member
Association: Nutrition Society, Function/Role: Member
     

Conference Contributions

Bel-Serrat, S; Julián-Almárcegui, C; Mouratidou, T; González-Gross, M; Moreno, LA; Huybrechts, I. (2016) Body composition indicators are positively associated with underreporting of energy intake in European adolescents: results from the HELENA study. [Poster Presentation], 17th International Congress of Dietetics, Granada, Spain , 07-SEP-16 - 09-SEP-16.
Bel-Serrat, S; Huybrechts, I; Thumann, B; Hebestreit, A; Van der Ploeg, H; Ahrens, W; Slimani, N. (2016) Inventory of existing surveillance systems in Europe ¿ Dietary assessment methodologies for dietary monitoring: A DEDIPAC study. [Poster Presentation], IARC 50th Anniversary Conference, Lyon, France , 07-JUN-16 - 10-JUN-16.
Bel-Serrat, S; Huybrechts, I; Thumann, B; Hebestreit, A; Van der Ploeg, H; Ahrens, W; Slimani, N. (2015) Inventory of existing surveillance systems in Europe: A dedipac study. [Poster Presentation], 12th European Nutrition Conference. Federation of European Nutrition Societies, Berlin, Germany , 20-OCT-15 - 23-OCT-15.
Bel-Serrat, S; Julián-Almárcegui, C; Mouratidou, T; González-Gross, M; Kersting, M; Moreno, LA; Huybrechts, I. (2015) Underreporting and its determinants among European adolescents: results from the HELENA-study. [Oral Presentation], Annual Meeting International Society of Behavioural Nutrition and Physical Activity (ISBNPA) 2015, Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom , 03-JUN-15 - 06-JUN-15.
Bel-Serrat, S; Knaze, V; Nicolas, G; Mendes Peralta A; Steluti, J; Marchioni DML; Crispim, SP; Pereira, RA; Araujo, MC; Sichieri, R; Pedraza, L; Aburto, T; Sánchez-Pimienta, T; Rivera, J; Nadia Slimani, N (2015) Adapting the standardized computerized 24-hour dietary recall method (GloboDiet) for dietary monitoring in Latin America. [Oral Presentation], XVII Congress of the Latin American Society of Nutrition (SLAN), Punta Cana, Dominican Republic , 08-NOV-15 - 12-NOV-15.
Bel-Serrat, S; Mouratidou, I; Huybrechts, I; Androutsos, O; Gómez, S; Molnár, D; Kafatos, A; Gottrand, F; Widhalm, K; Sjöström, M; Stehle, P; Cuenca-García, M; Azzini, E; de Henauw, S; González-Gross, M; Moreno, LA. (2013) Association between amino acids consumption and serum lipid profile in European adolescents participating in the HELENA Study. [Poster Presentation], Annual Meeting of the International Society for Behavioural Nutrition and Physical Activity (ISBNPA), Ghent, Belgium , 22-MAY-13 - 25-MAY-13.
Bel-Serrat, S; Mouratidou, T; Huybrechts, I; García-Cuenca, M; Palacios, G; Breidenassel, C; Molnár, D; Roccaldo, R; Widhalm, K; Gottrand, F; Kafatos, A; Androutsos, O; Vyncke, K; Sjöstrom, M; Libuda, L; Marcos, A; Moreno, LA. (2013) Associations between dietary fat and serum lipid profile depend on body fat and gender in European adolescents: the HELENA study. [Poster Presentation], IUNS 20th International Congress of Nutrition, Granada, Spain , 15-SEP-13 - 20-SEP-13.
Bel-Serrat, S; Mouratidou, T; Jiménez-Pavón, D; Huybrecths, I; Cuenca-García, M; Mistura, L; Gottrand, F; González-Gross, M; Dallongeville, J; Kafatos, A; Androutsos, O; Stehle, P; Kersting, M; De Henauw, S; Castillo, MJ; Hallstrom, L; Molnár, D; Widhalm, K; Marcos, A; Moreno, LA. (2012) Milk and dairy products consumption and cardiovascular disease risk factors in European adolescents: the HELENA study. [Oral Presentation], XIV Congress of the Spanish Society of Nutrition (SEN), Zaragoza, Spain , 27-SEP-12 - 29-SEP-12.
   

Education

Year 2005 Institution: University of Zaragoza, Spain
Qualification: Other Subject:
Year 2007 Institution: University of Zaragoza, Spain
Qualification: Other Subject:
Year 2014 Institution: University of Zaragoza, Spain
Qualification: PhD Subject:

Languages

Spanish:
Catalan:
English:
French:
       

Publications

     

Peer Reviewed Journals

Bel-Serrat, S; Huybrechts, I; Thumann, BF; Hebestreit, A; Abuja, PM; de Henauw, S; Dubuisson, C; Heuer, T; Murrin, C; Lazzeri, G; van Rossum, C; Andersen, LF; Szeklicki, R; Vioque, J; Berry, R; van der Ploeg, HP; Ahrens, W; Slimani, N. (2017) 'Inventory of surveillance systems assessing dietary, physical activity & sedentary behaviours in Europe: a DEDIPAC study'. European Journal of Public Health, . [Details]
Iglesia, I; Huybrechts, I; Gonzalez-Gross, M; Mouratidou, T; Santabarbara, J; Chajes, V; Gonzalez-Gil, E; Park, JY; Bel-Serrat, S; Cuenca-Garcia, M; Garzon, MC; Kersting, M; Widhalm, K; de Henauw, S; Sjostrom,M; Gottrand, F; Molnar, D; Manios, Y; Kafatos, A; Ferrari, M;Stehle, P; Marcos, A; Sanchez-Muniz, FJ; Moreno, LA (2017) 'Folate and vitamin B12 concentrations are associated with plasma docosahexaenoic and eicosapentaenoic fatty acids in European adolescents: the HELENA study'. British Journal of Nutrition, . [Details]
E Gonzalez-Gil, E; Santabárbara, J; Ruiz, JR; Bel-Serrat, S; Huybrechts, I; Pedrero-Chamizo, R; de la O, A; Gottrand, F; Kafatos, A; Widhalm, K; Manios, Y; Molnar, D; De Henauw, S; Plada, M; Ferrari, m; Palacios Le Blé, G; Siani, A; González-Gross, M; Gómez-Martínez, S; Marcos, A; Moreno LA. (2016) 'Ideal cardiovascular health and inflammation in European adolescents: the HELENA study'. Nutrition, Metabolism and Cardiovascular Diseases, . [Details]
Julián-Almárcegui, C; Bel-Serrat, S; Kersting, M; Vicente-Rodriguez, G; Nicolas, G; Vyncke, K; Vereecken, C; De Keyzer, W; Beghin, L; Sette, S; Halström, L; Grammatikaki, E; Gonzalez-Gross, M; Crispim, S; Slimani, N; Moreno, L; De Henauw, S; Huybrechts, I. (2016) 'Comparison of different approaches to calculate nutrient intakes based upon 24-h recall data derived from a multicenter study in European adolescents'. European Journal of Nutrition, . [Details]
T Sadalla Collese, MV Ferreira-Nascimento, AC Ferreira de Moraes, T Rendo-Urteaga, S Bel-Serrat, LA Moreno, H Barbosa-Carvalho (2016) 'Fruits and Vegetables: what do we know about its role in adolescents cardiovascular health?'. Nutrition Reviews, . [Details]
Santaliestra-Pasías, AM; Bel-Serrat, S; Moreno, LA; Bueno G. (2016) 'Consumo de lácteos durante la infancia y la adolescencia, ¿protege del riesgo cardiometabólico?'. Nutricion Hospitalaria, . [Details]
Bel-Serrat, S; Julián-Almárcegui, C; González-Gross, M; Mouratidou, T; Börnhorst, C; Grammatikaki, E; Kersting, M; Cuenca-García, M; Gottrand, F; Molnár, D; L Hallström, L; Dallongeville, J; Plada, M; Roccaldo, R; Widhalm, K; Moreno, LA; Manios, Y; De Henauw, S; Leclercq, C; Vandevijvere, S; Lioret, S; Gutin, B; Huybrechts, I. (2016) 'Correlates of energy misreporting among European adolescents: results from the HELENA cross sectional study'. British Journal of Nutrition, . [Details]
Iglesia, I; Perrier, E; Santaliestra-Pasías, AM; Bel-Serrat, S; Klein, A; Moreno, LA. (2016) 'Fluid consumption, total water intake, and urine osmolality in Spanish adolescents: The HELENA study'. European Journal of Clinical Nutrition, . [Details]
Moreno, LA; Bel-Serrat, S; Santaliestra-Pasías, AM; Bueno, G. (2015) 'Dairy products, yogurt consumption, and cardiometabolic risk in children and adolescents'. Nutrition Reviews, . [Details]
de Moraes, AC; Bel-Serrat, S; Manios, Y; Molnar, D; Kafatos, A; Cuenca-García, M; Huybrechts, I; Sette, S; Widhalm, K; Stehle, P; Jiménez-Pavón, D; Carvalho, HB; Moreno, LA. (2015) 'Dietary protein and amino acids intake and its relationship with blood pressure in adolescents: the HELENA STUDY'. European Journal of Public Health, . [Details]
Bel-Serrat, S; Mouratidou, T; Huybrechts, I; Labayen, I; Cuenca-García, M; Palacios, G; Breidenassel, C; Molnár, D; Roccaldo, R; Widhalm, K; Gottrand, F; Kafatos, A; Manios, Y; Vyncke, K; Sjöström, M; Libuda, L; Gómez-Martínez, S; Moreno, LA. (2014) 'Associations between macronutrient intake and serum lipid profile depend on body fat in European adolescents: the Healthy Lifestyle in Europe by Nutrition in Adolescence (HELENA) study'. British Journal of Nutrition, . [Details]
Bel-Serrat, S; Mouratidou, T; Pala, V; Huybrechts, I; Börnhorst, C; Fernández-Alvira, JM; Hadjigeorgiou, C; Eiben, G; Hebestreit, A; Lissner, L; Molnár, D; Siani, A; Veidebaum, T; Krogh, V; Moreno, LA. (2014) 'Relative validity of the Children's Eating Habits Questionnaire-food frequency section among young European children: the IDEFICS Study'. Public Health Nutrition, . [Details]
Börnhorst, C; Bel-Serrat, S; Pigeot, I; Huybrechts, I; Ottavaere, C; Sioen, I; De Henauw, S; Mouratidou, T; Mesana, MI; Westerterp, K; Bammann, K; Lissner, L; Eiben, G; Pala, V; Rayson, M; Krogh, V; Moreno, LA. (2014) 'Validity of 24-h recalls in (pre-)school aged children: comparison of proxy-reported energy intakes with measured energy expenditure'. Clinical Nutrition, . [Details]
Bel-Serrat, S; Mouratidou, T; Jiménez-Pavón, D; Huybrechts, I; Cuenca-García, M; Mistura, L; Gottrand, F; González-Gross, M; Dallongeville, J; Kafatos, A; Manios, Y; Stehle, P; Kersting, M; De Henauw, S; Castillo, M; Hallstrom, L; Molnár, D; Widhalm, K; Marcos, A; Moreno, LA. (2014) 'Is dairy consumption associated with low cardiovascular disease risk in European adolescents? Results from the HELENA Study'. Pediatric Obesity, . [Details]
Bel-Serrat, S; Mouratidou, T; Huybrechts, I; Cuenca-García, M; Manios, Y; Gómez-Martínez, S; Molnár, D; Kafatos, A; Gottrand, F; Widhalm, K; Sjöström, M; Wästlund, A; Stehle, P; Azzini, E; Vyncke, K; González-Gross, M; Moreno, LA. (2014) 'The role of dietary fat on the association between dietary amino acids and serum lipid profile in European adolescents participating in the HELENA Study'. European Journal of Clinical Nutrition, . [Details]
Börnhorst, C; Bel-Serrat, S; Huybrechts, I; Moreno, LA; Pigeot, I. (2014) 'Reply to letter to the editor: issues to consider in children's dietary assessment by T. Burrows and Erratum'. Clinical Nutrition, . [Details]
Bel-Serrat, S; Stammers, AL; Warthon-Medina, M; Moran, VH; Iglesia-Altaba, I; Hermoso, M; Moreno, LA; Lowe, NM. (2014) 'Factors that affect zinc bioavailability and losses in adult and elderly populations'. Nutrition Reviews, . [Details]
de Miguel-Etayo, P; Moreno, LA; Iglesia, I; Bel-Serrat, S; Mouratidou, T; Garagorri, JM. (2013) 'Body composition changes during interventions to treat overweight and obesity in children and adolescents; a descriptive review'. Nutricion Hospitalaria, . [Details]
Bel-Serrat, S; Mouratidou, T; Santaliestra-Pasías, AM; Iacoviello, L; Kourides, YA; Marild, S; Molnár, D; Reisch, L; Siani, A; Stomfai, S; Vanaelst, B; Veidebaum, T; Pigeot, I; Ahrens, W; Krogh, V; Moreno, LA. (2013) 'Clustering of multiple lifestyle behaviours and its association to cardiovascular risk factors in children: the IDEFICS study'. European Journal of Clinical Nutrition, . [Details]
Moreno, LA; Bel-Serrat, S; Santaliestra-Pasías, AM; Rodríguez, G. (2013) 'Obesity prevention in children'. World review of nutrition and dietetics, . [Details]
Bel-Serrat, S; Mouratidou, T; Börnhorst, C; Peplies, J; De Henauw, S; Marild, S; Molnár, D; Siani, A; Tornaritis, M; Veidebaum, T; Krogh, V; Moreno LA. (2013) 'Food consumption and cardiovascular risk factors in European children: the IDEFICS study'. Pediatric Obesity, . [Details]
Rey-López, JP; Bel-Serrat, S; Santaliestra-Pasías, A; de Moraes, AC; Vicente-Rodríguez, G; Ruiz, JR; Artero, EG; Martínez-Gómez, D; Gottrand, F; De Henauw, S; Huybrechts, I; Polito, A; Molnar, D; Manios, Y; Moreno, LA. (2013) 'Sedentary behaviour and clustered metabolic risk in adolescents: the HELENA study'. Nutrition, Metabolism and Cardiovascular Diseases, . [Details]
Rodríguez, G; Iglesia, I; Bel-Serrat, S; Moreno, LA. (2012) 'Effect of n-3 long chain polyunsaturated fatty acids during the perinatal period on later body composition'. British Journal of Nutrition, . [Details]
                                                                                                                     

Research

Research Interests

- Obesity prevention
- Lifestyle behaviours and obesity in children and adolescents
- Early life nutrition and dietary behaviours
- Dietary intake assessment methodologies