Auckland Medical Research Foundation grant for Dr Marta Silvestre

28 July 2017
School of Biological Sciences research fellow Marta SilvestreMarta Silvestre (centre) being awarded first prize for her presentation at the Portuguese Congress on Food and Nutrition with Dr Celia Craveiro (left), President of the Portuguese Association of Dietitians and Professor Nuno Borges (right), pharmacology/nutrition professor at the University of Porto.receiving her Auckland Medical Research Foundation grant
Marta Silvestre (centre) being awarded first prize for her presentation at the Portuguese Congress on Food and Nutrition with Dr Celia Craveiro (left), President of the Portuguese Association of Dietitians and Professor Nuno Borges (right), pharmacology/nutrition professor at the University of Porto.

Research Fellow Dr Marta Silvestre from the School of Biological Sciences won a $3000 grant from the Auckland Medical Research Foundation to attend the 24th European Congress of Obesity and the XVI Portuguese Congress on Food and Nutrition, both held in Portugal.

Her work in diabetes prevention and obesity research means she takes part in an international research collaboration with scientists worldwide who are investigating the prevention of diabetes through lifestyle interventions such as weight loss. Dr Silvestre’s seven-minute presentation at the Portuguese Congress on Food and Nutrition won best oral presentation.

"I felt honoured and pleased to see my team's work being appreciated by peers, internationally. Personally, it was particularly important because I am originally from Portugal.

"Most of the organisers and attendees were my professors or University colleagues from over 10 years ago, so it was a real pleasure to share my work on dietary approaches for obesity and diabetes prevention with this audience," Dr Silvestre says.