Latin American Affairs

Latin American Affairs
The purpose of the Latin America Affairs Section is to bridge the gap between obesity professionals in The Obesity Society (TOS) in North America and Latin America, specifically those interested in research development and collaborations within TOS and other regional societies in North, Central and South America. The main aim of the Section is to develop academic strategies, training opportunities, research collaborations, and continuing education courses for the Spanish and bi-lingual community.


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  • Support academic events and research in obesity in Latin communities
  • Increase the registration and presence of Latin Americans at the annual meeting scientific meeting
  • Increase membership to the TOS and the Latin American Affairs Section



Latin American Affairs Section Newsletter March 2016

Latin American Affairs Section Newsletter December 2015

Latin American Affairs Section Newsletter June 2013

Latin American Affairs Section Newsletter March 2013


Join the Latin American Affairs Section

All section members must be a member of The Obesity Society. 

If you are not a member of The Obesity Society, join today. Be certain to select the Latin American Affairs Section when completing your profile.

If you are already a member and would like to join the Latin American Affairs Section, please login to your member profile and select the Latin American Affairs Section. Once you have updated your profile, you will receive all communications pertaining to the section.

Please contact Shameeka Green,, Volunteer Manager, if you have any questions.



Carlos Alberto Nogueira de Almeida, Md, MsC, PhD (Chair, 2016-2017)

Universidade de Ribeirão Preto, Brazil

Carlos graduated in Medicine from the University of São Paulo (1990), Master in Pediatrics at the University of São Paulo (1997) and PhD in pediatrics from the Universidade de São Paulo (2001). He is currently a professor at the University of Ribeirão Preto. He is the director of the Department of Pediatric Nutrology of the Brazilian Association of Nutrology. He is referee of: Journal of Public Health, Archives of Latin American Nutrition, Food and Nutrition Bulletin (Tokyo), the PUCCAMP Nutrition Magazine, Magazine of the IMIP and Journal of Pediatrics. He has experience in the area of pediatric medicine, with emphasis on Obesity, Health Education, Metabolic Syndrome, anemia and iron deficiency. He is a member of the Scientific Council of ILSI-Brazil. He published 60 complete articles and has been invited as speaker for 672 meetings.

Irina Kovalskys, MD (Secretary/Treasurer, 2016-2017)

International Life Sciences Institute, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Dr. Irina Kovalskys is a Pediatrician specialized in Pediatric nutrition. Today, she’s a Professor at the Nutrition and Public Health Masters of IDIP (La Plata Pediatric Research Institute) and also at UCEL University in Rosario City (Universidad del Centro educativo latinoamericano). She also teaches at Favaloro University School of Medicine in the specialization of Obesity and Pediatric Nutrition and Assistant Professor at the Post-Graduate Career in Diabetes & Nutrition at the University of Tucuman, Argentina (UNT). She is the head of the Obesity Nutrition and Physical Activity committee at ILSI Argentina and develops private clinical nutrition practice. Member of the Argentinean Nutrition Society, and Argentinean Pediatric Society. Training: Graduated from the University of Buenos Aires, she’s developed her first specialization in Clinical Pediatrics at the Children´s Hospital Ricardo Gutierrez in Buenos Aires. Her second specialization in Clinical child nutrition and Diabetes was at the National Children´s Hospital J.P. Garrahan and at the R. Gutierrez Children´s Hospital in Buenos Aires, and her training in enteral and parenteral support was in the Children´s Hospital at La Plata City. Her training in childhood obesity was complemented at the Stanford Center for Research in Disease Prevention at Stanford University. Her research and work areas of interest are in epidemiology, childhood obesity prevention programs, public health and infant nutrition. Her current studies and investigation lines are centered in intake and energy expenditure in Latin America.

Chantis Mantilla, PhD (Early Career Representative, 2015-2017)

University Of Tennessee Health Science Center, Memphis, TN

Dr. Mantilla is Director of Community Health Outreach and Research Translation for the Pediatric Obesity Program and an Instructor of Exercise Physiology in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC). The program is a joint venture between Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital and the UTHSC. The Pediatric Obesity Program supports multi-level partnerships with health professionals, community organizations, schools and local governments. Dr. Mantilla and the team target childhood obesity and inactivity throughout the Mid-South through a multifaceted approach incorporating a Healthy Lifestyle Clinic, metabolic and clinical research and community partnerships. She developed and implemented similar community programs at the University of Miami. A Miami native, Dr. Mantilla received a Bachelor of Science, Master of Science and PhD in kinesiology and exercise science from the University of Miami. She moved to Memphis in 2014 and is currently pursuing a Master of Public Health at the University of Memphis.

Brunilda Nazario, MD, BC-ADM (Past Chair, 2016-2017)

WebMD, New York, NY

Dr. Brunilda Nazario is the Associated Medical Director and Lead Medical Editor at WebMD. She is a board certified Internist and Endocrinologist, she also is board certified in Advanced Diabetes Management. She's is certified by the American Board of Obesity Medicine. She is on the Item Writing Committee for the American Association of Diabetes Educators.
She was a guest speaker at URAC Global Summit on Diabetes, a panelist at The American Heart Association 4th Summit in NYC on 'Tu Corazon Latina'. She also participated in WebMD's Town Hall meeting with the First Lady Michelle Obama. She has been a regular contributor to CBS radio and news and has appeared in various publications such as Women's Health Magazine, Readers Digest, The Evening News, Parade magazine, Noticias Telemundo, and others.

Margarita Teran-Garcia, MD, PhD, FTOS (Council Liaison, 2011-2017)

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Champaign, IL

Margarita Teran-Garcia was trained as medical doctor, pediatrician, and obtained her PhD with focus on nutrient-gene interactions and lipogenesis. During her postdoctoral training, she acquired expertise in genetic epidemiology methods and tools while she investigated the role of individual genotype in cardiovascular and metabolic responses to exercise-training at the Pennington Biomedical Research Center. Her research focuses on genetic and environmental factors influencing the development of child obesity and related metabolic diseases. Her current projects aim to expand on the knowledge of gene-environment interactions (dietary and exercise patterns), and psychosocial processes relevant to improving weight management, obesity and obesity-related diseases. Dr. Teran participates and leads two multi-disciplinary projects that are collecting primary longitudinal data relevant to childhood and adolescent weight status and weight-related health outcomes. Her long-term goal is to find early diagnostic biomarkers that will help in the development of effective and individualized interventions directed at preventing childhood and adult obesity, the morbidity due to obesity-related diseases and have a significant positive impact on health. Margarita Teran has served as chair of the Latin American affair section of The Obesity Society since 2010. She has been a member and regular participant of TOS meetings since 2001, and an active participant in several international meetings to facilitate awareness and education on obesity among Latin-American professionals.