Camila Corvalán, MD, MPH, PhD
Dr. Corvalán obtained her PhD in 2008 through an International Nutrition Foundation/Ellison Medical Foundation (INF/EMF) Doctoral Fellowship at Emory University. Her thesis, "Can we adapt nutrition assistance programs to prevent childhood obesity in developing countries?" was completed under the advisement of Dr. Reynaldo Martorell. Dr. Corvalán also has an MPH and MD from the University of Chile.
Since the INF/EMF Fellowship, Dr. Corvalán has obtained a permanent position in the School of Public Health of the School of Medicine of the University of Chile, where she teaches a Master's level course on the Epidemiology of nutrition-related chronic diseases. She is also currently under a Wellcome Trust Training Fellowship working under the supervision of Dr. Ricardo Uauy (Professor at the Institute of Nutrition and Food technology (INTA), University of Chile, and current INF President). As part of this fellowship she is studying how growth during the first two years of life and the timing of adiposity rebound (that is the age at which BMI increases after its nadir at 18-24 months) relates to fatness and physical maturation at 7 years of age in a cohort of low-income children of a Chilean preschool welfare program. Dr. Corvalán and her team at INTA are following a cohort of 1000 Chilean children. These are the same children that were studied at age 4 as part of her doctoral dissertation. Data is being collected on anthropometry, body composition, and skeletal maturation and of several other metabolic and inflammatory indicators. Dr. Corvalán will link this information to the BMI and linear growth data that they already have available from these children to assess the relationships between early growth and adiposity and physical maturation.
This year, Dr. Corvalán will spend four months at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) working with Dr. Bianca De Stavola analyzing the cohort study data. She is also working to translate findings of the cohort study into actions to prevent childhood obesity among Chilean children.
Dr. Corvalán's cohort study in action
Dr. Corvalán's Publications