The NUTRISAM’s work is based on cohort studies in different population groups across the lifespan (pregnant women, infants, school children, adolescents, etc.) and intervention studies. .
The NUTRISAM group aims to:
1. Study the frequency and distribution of health problems, their risk factors (nutritional status, dietary habits, physical activity, air pollution and toxic exposure, stress, mental health, gender, socioeconomic environment, etc.), and its impact on mental health.
2. Provide a better understanding of the molecular, biochemical and cellular mechanisms involved in the pathogenesis of mental illness and associated disorders.
3. Promote the optimal health and neurodevelopment, to prevent mental disorders and the development of new interventions to change behaviors, lifestyle habits, etc., improving social contexts related to public health and mental wellness.
The NUTRISAM group is currently carrying out several main research lines:
1. Nutritional status and the relationship with behaviour and mental health across the lifespan:
· Assessment of food consumption and nutritional status in different population groups (pregnant women, infants, school children, adolescents).
· Nutritional status and the relationship with mental health by using a multidisciplinary approach (and taking into account genetic determinants of the population, gender, physical activity, air pollution and toxics exposure, stress, sleep habits, tobacco, alcohol and drug use, infections and the socio-economic environment).
· Nutritional status and neurodevelopment: impact of inherited and environmental factors on neurodevelopmental disorders.
2. 1) Epidemiology of child and adolescent Psychopathology.
3. Lifestyle Intervention Programs to promote and prevent mental health.