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Maira Bes Rastrollo

Maira Bes Rastrollo

Deputy chair/ Associate Professor
University of Navarra


Maira Bes Rastrollo born on August 12, 1978 in Gerona, Spain. Currently she is an Associate Professor of Preventive Medicine and Public Health at the University of Navarra, Spain and also serves as Deputy Chair of Dept. Preventive Medicine and Public Health at the same university. She completed her PhD. in Pharmacy at the University of Navarra in 2005 and was a research associate at Harvard School of Public Health, Dept. of Nutrition in 2006-2007. She also served as visiting scholar at Loma Linda University (California), Dept. of Nutrition in 2009, a member of the EASO Preventive and Public Health Task Force, a member of the editorial board of alternatives therapies in health and medicine and Tobacco Use Insights. She is an author of more than 112 papers in peer reviewed journals and several chapters in preventive medicine and nutrition textbooks and principal investigator of 8 projects funded by the Spanish National and Regional Funding Agency, and nutrition foundations. Maira holds a position of researcher leader in the SUN project (a Spanish prospective cohort with more than 22,300 participants) and researcher of the multicentre randomized intervention PREDIMED and PREDIMED-PLUS Studies and the Spanish working group on obesity and nutrition (CIBERobn). Apart from all these, she is a European expert for the FP7 call (contract CT-EX2006C134477-102) and Group leader for the area of Nutrition and Lifestyles in the group of Epidemiology and Public Health of the IDISNA (Navarra Institute for Health Research).

Research Interest

Healthy lifestyles as potential protective factors for chronic diseases and conditions such as type 2 diabetes, gestational diabetes, and obesity.