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Pedro Moreira

Fotografia de Pedro Alexandre Afonso de Sousa Moreira
Nome: Pedro Alexandre Afonso de Sousa Moreira
Sigla: PAASM
Estado: Ativo
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Salas: FCNAUP 3.202


Categoria: Professor Catedrático
Carreira: Pessoal Docente de Universidades
Grupo profissional: Docente
Faculdade: Faculdade de Ciências da Nutrição e Alimentação da Universidade do Porto


Cargo Data de Início
Membro do Senado 2019-02-19
Presidente do Conselho Pedagógico 2019-02-19
Membro do Conselho Coordenador para a Avaliação 2019-03-25
Director de Curso de Mestrado Mestrado em Nutrição Pediátrica 2021-02-03
Membro da Comissão Cientifica Mestrado em Nutrição Pediátrica 2021-02-05

Apresentação Pessoal

As a student at FCNAUP, he was President of the Students Association (AE-FCNAUP) during a period in which FCNAUP struggled and managed to complete a huge transformation in the curriculum and the institution, after several years of intense work from the academic community to push the course from a BSc 3-years degree in Nutritionism to a 5-years degree in Nutrition Sciences. At FCNAUP, he was strongly inspired by Emílio Peres, humanist, Professor and Mentor. He started the Academic Career as Assistant of Dr. Emilio Peres in Human Nutrition.

In the 90s, he traveled for 4 consecutive years, between July and August, to Maranhão, Brazil, with André Moreira (formerly a medical student, and today Professor at FMUP and FCNAUP, co-author and Integrated Researcher at ISPUP), with the guidance of Emílio Peres, where they did voluntary community work in the area of maternal and child nutrition.

In 1994, he completed the academic examination “Provas de Aptidão Pedagógica e Capacidade Científica em Alimentação e Nutrição Humana”, which was important to strengthen with Dr. Emílio Peres, the study of active learning in Human Nutrition, and to further develop emerging learning methods, such as the blended-learning, which were distinguished in 2004 by the University of Porto. Furthermore, he had the opportunity to benefit from the humanist and scientific guidance of Prof. Maria Fernanda Navarro (National School of Public Health) in maternal-child health which is one of his favourite areas of intervention. He also had the privilege to collaborate with Prof. Isabel do Carmo in the Portuguese Platform Against Obesity from the Portuguese Health General Diretorate, and also in publications, and in teaching Human Nutrition at the Master of Metabolic Diseases and Eating Behavior, from the Faculty of Medicine, University of Lisbon (also with the colaboration of Prof. Daniel Sampaio, former PhD Supervisor), and supervising master and PhD students.

He received his PhD in 2001, in Human Nutrition (with strong support from his Doctoral Supervisors Professors Maria Daniel Vaz de Almeida and Daniel Sampaio), focusing on eating behavior and weight control, and his preferred areas of research and publications have been the relationship between dietary intake and obesity-asthma, before and after birth, and the control of hydric and sodium-potassium balance (in collaboration with WHO) in the life cycle. The paper he considers as one of his favorites is “Moreira P, Padez C, Mourão-Carvalhal I, Rosado V. Maternal weight gain during pregnancy and overweight in Portuguese children. Int J Obes 2007; 31 (4): 608 -14” which is his 3rd most cited (74) publication. At the time of that study, there were no other studies showing the association between higher maternal weight gain during pregnancy and overweight in infancy/childhood (according to the study, more than 16 kg gestational weight gain was detrimental). Following the recognition of gestational weight gain as an important predictor of obesity and disease later on in the child, the Institute of Medicine revised its guidelines (two years later, in 2009), in relation to weight gain during pregnancy, defining the upper limit of 16 kg for women with normal BMI in the preconception.

More recently, sometimes with Helpo Association (a Non-Profit Organisation for Development), he continued to collaborate with several projects in the areas of Maternal-child nutrition and Global nutrition (including the prevention of NCDs and HIV maternal-child transmission in pregnant HIV+), in low and middle-income countries, such as Mozambique (Maputo and Nampula) and São Tomé e Principe, and in cities in Eastern Europe and Central Asia - Kyrgyzstan (Moldova, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan in collaboration with WHO Europe); he also promoted the collaboration for the academic qualification of students and nutritionists from the University of Lurio, Nampula, Mozambique, and the University of La Cantuta, Peru. 

He is Full Professor of Human Nutrition at FCNAUP, Integrated Researcher at Instituto de Saúde Pública da Universidade do Porto (ISPUP), and collaborator at Centro de Atividade Física e Saúde e Lazer (CIAFEL). He is a member of the Editorial Board of Nutrients.

He was President of the General Assembly of the Portuguese Association of Nutritionists in the mandates (2010-2016) that promoted the creation of the "Ordem dos Nutricionistas" to regulate the profession of Nutritionist, and founding member of the Portuguese Society of Nutrition and Food Sciences

He was Director of FCNAUP (2014-2018), during a period in which the entire academic community was deeply involved to have a Faculty with its own facilities, and thanks to the efforts of current and previous generations, FCNAUP managed to have funding and finnancial approval in 2016, to execute the construction of its own building which was finnaly occupied in 2020, after a waiting period of more than 40 years. He is currently Director of the Master's Course in Pediatric Nutrition, and President of the Pedagogical Council.

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