Maria-Raquel Silva

Fernando Pessoa University

Maria-Raquel G. Silva is Associate Professor of Nutrition and Dietetics at the Faculty of Health Sciences of University Fernando Pessoa, Scientific Coordinator of the Academy of Health and Leisure, and Scientific Member at the Programme of Oral and Public Health/Nutrition, at the University Fernando Pessoa, Oporto (Portugal). She is Researcher of the Human Biology, Health and Society Group at the Research Centre for Anthropology and Health, Faculty of Science and Technology, University of Coimbra (financed by Foundation for Science and Technology, Lisbon, Portugal). She is ex-rhythmic gymnast, coach and international judge. She holds a set on the Scientific Committee of the Gymnastics Federation of Portugal as expert in Nutrition and has been lecturer at several Gymnastics Federation of Portugal coach education courses. She has also been following elite gymnasts in areas as nutritional assessment, body composition and sleep regulation. She is Pos-Doc in Neurosciences at the Institute of Molecular Medicine, Medical Faculty of Lisbon, where she conducted the first Portuguese study on the sleep of elite gymnasts. She is Ph.D. in Nutrition Sciences in the Faculty of Food and Nutrition Sciences, Oporto University and has Licentiate Degree in Sport and Physical Education, specialization in Training of High Performance, Gymnastics in the Faculty of Sport Sciences and Physical Education, Oporto University. She and Professor Teresa Paiva are the authors of the first book on Nutrition, Sleep and Circadian Rhythm in high performance athletes published by the Gymnastics Federation of Portugal. She is also the author of the first book about healthy food in gymnastics. Her professional career has mostly been developed within the academic field and research activities with strong links to the community and well-being, especially children, adolescents, young adults and athletes in areas related to Nutrition and Dietetics (Obesity, Diabetes, Hypertension, Cardiovascular Diseases), Body Composition, Physical Activity and Exercise, Chrono Nutrition (Appetite), Food Security and Neurosciences (Neurobiology, Sleep and Stress).