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.
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