Marcia Otto, PhD
Assistant Professor, Epidemiology, Human Genetics and Environmental Sciences
Marcia Otto's research interests are on the effects of different aspects of diet on cardiovascular and metabolic health. She received her M.S. in Environmental Science from the University of Sao Paulo, Brazil. After completing her PhD at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston School of Public Health with a focus on micronutrient intakes and their relationships with inflammation and cardiovascular disease, metabolic syndrome and diabetes in a multiethnic population, Dr. Otto received her postdoctoral training in Nutritional and Cardiovascular Epidemiology at Harvard T.C. Chan School of Public Health.
Her current research projects include the study of circulating dietary fatty acids their effects on cardiovascular and cognitive outcomes, the evaluation of the role of diet diversity and quality on cardiometabolic disease, and the estimation of the impact of suboptimal diet and metabolic risk factors on mortality in Brazil.
(Imamura F, Micha R, Wu JH, de Oliveira Otto MC, Otite FO, Abioye AI, Mozaffarian D; 2016)
(de Oliveira Otto MC, Afshin A, Micha R, Khatibzadeh S, Fahimi S, Singh G, Danaei G, Sichieri R, Monteiro CA, Louzada ML, Ezzati M, Mozaffarian D; Global Burden of Diseases, Injuries, and Risk Factors Metabolic Risk Factors of Chronic Diseases Expert Group; Nutrition and Chronic Diseases Expert Group (NutriCoDE); 2016)
(de Oliveira Otto MC, Padhye NS, Bertoni AG, Jacobs DR Jr, Mozaffarian D;PLoS One; 2015)
(Baer DJ, Rice Bradley BH, Kris-Etherton P, Mente A, de Oliveira Otto M; Adv Nutr; 2014)
(de Oliveira Otto MC, Wu JH, Baylin A, Vaidya D, Rich SS, Tsai MY, Jacobs DR Jr, Mozaffarian D; 2013)
When it comes to diet in the Western world of overconsumption where cheap convenience food rules, the age-old adage “everything in moderation” has been put to the test, prompting the American Heart Association (AHA) to issue a science advisory led by researchers at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth).
As a young child I missed a question on a psychological test: “What comes in a bottle?”
The answer was supposed to be milk. I said beer.
Milk almost always came in cartons and plastic jugs, so I was right. But this isn’t about rehashing old grudges.
Enjoying full-fat milk, yogurt, cheese and butter is unlikely to send people to an early grave, according to new research by The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth).