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Patrícia de Oliveira Prada


Universidade Estadual de Campinas (UNICAMP). Faculdade de Ciências Aplicadas (FCA)  (Institutional affiliation from the last research proposal)
Birthplace: Brazil

Graduated in Nutrition from the State University of Rio de Janeiro (UERJ), Specialization in Nutrition and Metabolism at Santa Casa de Misericórdia do Rio de Janeiro, Residency in Clinical Nutrition at the University Hospital Pedro Ernesto (Rio de Janeiro). She held a Direct Doctorate in Science at the University of São Paulo (USP), publishing the results in High-or low-salt diet from weaning to adulthood: effect on insulin sensitivity in Wistar rats. Prada P, Okamoto MM, Furukawa LN, Machado UF, Heimann JC, Dolnikoff MS. Hypertension. 2000. PMID: 10642336.He held a Post-Doctorate (2002-2006) at the Laboratory of Clinical Investigation in Insulin Resistance at the Faculty of Medical Sciences at UNICAMP, Campinas, SP, Brazil, where he learned to investigate insulin signaling in different tissues and leptin signaling in the hypothalamus in various rodent models as a cafeteria diet. He held a Post-Doctorate (2006-2009) in the Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes, and Metabolism at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC), Harvard Medical School in Boston, USA, where he worked with transgenic animals, learning how to re-express proteins in vivo in the central nervous system of knockout mice to investigate mechanisms that regulate metabolism and food intake.Currently (since 2010), she is an Associate Professor (MS-5.2) in the Nutrition course at the Faculty of Applied Sciences (FCA) at UNICAMP at the Limeira Campus, SP, Brazil. She coordinates the Laboratory of Molecular Investigation in Obesity (LabIMO). She advises in Graduate Studies through the Nutrition Sciences and Sports and Metabolism Programs (CNEM) and Internal Medicine, both at UNICAMP. She has already supervised 8 doctorates, 12 masters, and several TCCs. Her research investigates the physiological, pathophysiological, and molecular mechanisms controlling rodent food intake. Along these lines, she has 46 international publications, 12 of which are Corresponding Authors.Recently (2021), she held a Postdoctoral fellowship at the Max Planck Institute for Metabolism Research in the group of Prof. Jens Brüning, where she developed techniques related to neuroscience in transgenic animals, deepening the understanding of the neuronal circuits that regulate food intake.Currently, she has Research Projects that investigate the pathophysiological and molecular mechanisms involved in the regulation of food intake in the face of environmental challenges, such as the consumption of very palatable diets (cafeteria diet, diets rich in ultra-processed products) and exposure to atmospheric pollution, contributing to understanding the genesis of obesity. (Source: Lattes Curriculum)

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