Marcia Otto, PhD

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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.

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Recent Publications

Effects of Saturated Fat, Polyunsaturated Fat, Monounsaturated Fat, and Carbohydrate on Glucose-Insulin Homeostasis: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis of Randomised Controlled Feeding Trials

(Imamura F, Micha R, Wu JH, de Oliveira Otto MC, Otite FO, Abioye AI, Mozaffarian D; 2016)

The Impact of Dietary and Metabolic Risk Factors on Cardiovascular Diseases and Type 2 Diabetes Mortality in Brazil

(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)

Everything in Moderation--Dietary Diversity and Quality, Central Obesity and Risk of Diabetes

(de Oliveira Otto MC, Padhye NS, Bertoni AG, Jacobs DR Jr, Mozaffarian D;PLoS One; 2015)

Insights and Perspectives on Dietary Modifications to Reduce the Risk of Cardiovascular Disease

(Baer DJ, Rice Bradley BH, Kris-Etherton P, Mente A, de Oliveira Otto M; Adv Nutr; 2014)

Circulating and dietary omega-3 and omega-6 polyunsaturated fatty acids and incidence of CVD in the Multi-Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis

(de Oliveira Otto MC, Wu JH, Baylin A, Vaidya D, Rich SS, Tsai MY, Jacobs DR Jr, Mozaffarian D; 2013)