Prof. Maria-Luz Fernandez
Department of Nutritional Sciences, University of Connecticut, USA
Dr. Maria-Luz Fernandez is a Full Professor of Nutrition at the Department of Nutritional Sciences, University of Connecticut (USA) where she has been a faculty member since 1997.
Dr. Fernandez’s research focuses on the effects of dietary strategies and drug treatment to prevent cardiovascular disease. She has employed different dietary regimes in her research, including the Mediterranean diet, carbohydrate-restricted diets, and the inclusion of antioxidants from grapes, and more importantly, she has established the lack of association between eggs and heart disease risk factors. She has ongoing collaborative studies with research centers in Mexico to determine the effects of egg intake in diverse populations, including children and diabetic individuals; she has also conducted a study in the United Arab Emirates to evaluate risk factors for metabolic syndrome in this population. Dr. Fernandez was a member of the FDA Nutrition committee from 2010–2014.
Dr. Fernandez has authored 251 peer-review papers, 14 book chapters, and 235 scientific abstracts. She has been invited to present her work in the international arena including Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, Ecuador, Egypt, Ireland, Mexico, Panama, Peru, Portugal, Saudi Arabia, Spain, South Korea, and the United Arab Emirates. During her tenure at the University of Connecticut, Dr. Fernandez has graduated with 34 Ph.D. and 20 Master’s students from all over the world, who studied in the area of diet and heart disease and currently hold prominent positions in academia, industry, and government agencies.
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