Universidade Fernando Pessoa, Porto - Portugal
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 holds a set on the Scientific Committee of the Gymnastics Federation of Portugal as an expert in Nutrition.
She was Postdoctoral Researcher in Neurosciences at the Institute of Molecular Medicine, Medical School of Lisbon (Portugal), where she conducted a first study on the sleep of elite athletes. She and Professor Teresa Paiva are the authors of the first book on Nutrition, Sleep and Circadian Rhythm in athletes published by an international sport federation.
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), Food Security, Body Composition, Physical Activity and Exercise, Chrono Nutrition (Appetite) and Neurosciences (Neurobiology, Sleep and Stress).