Here are some questions and answers from our interview with TOS Fellow Simón Barquera, MD, MS, PhD, FTOS, Director of Nutrition Policy Research at the National Institute of Public Health, Mexico:
Q: What is your title and organizational affiliation?
A: I am the Director of Nutrition Policy Research at the National Institute of Public Health, Mexico. I got my MD at the Universidad AutÃnoma Metropolitana from 1988-1994. Then I attended Tufts University Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy from 1994 – 2004 where I received my MS and my PhD.
Q: Please tell us about your current work and your professional developmental trajectory.
A: Some of the projects I am working on include:
• The generation of evidence for obesity and non-communicable diseases prevention policies
• The characterization of nutrition transition in Mexico and patterns of disease
• Modifiable risk factors for non-communicable chronic diseases mortality
Q: What is one of your professional or personal qualities that has contributed to your success?
A: A good working environment, plus support from very senior international experts for funding and training has been very helpful.
Q: What advice do you have for today's junior obesity researchers?
A: Acquire strong methodological tools for research, collaborate with other groups and look for a good environment to develop you career.
Q: What aspects of obesity research are the most exciting to you right now?
A: I'm most interested in the generation of scientific evidence for obesity prevention policies and regulation: soda taxes, labeling, the marketing of junk food/ultra-processed foods and health interventions to prevent obesity.
Q: What are your favorite things to do when you're not at work?
A: I like to compose and play rock music with my band.