Nutrition and Clinical Trials Unit

Group leader: Dr. Viviana Loria Kohen

The Nutritional and Clinical Trials Unit undertakes nutritional intervention studies designed to assess the biological activity and health properties of functional foods/bioactive compounds and diets in humans. Both observational and clinical intervention studies involving healthy subjects and those with pathologies can be performed.

The Unit has an intervention/extraction room, two nutritional consultation offices, a room for short-term monitoring, and a room for discussions and conferences on nutritional education. An independent ethics committee ensures that the rights, safety and wellbeing of trial participants are upheld, by taking into account the methodology of proposed trials, their ethical and legal aspects, and the balance between risks and benefits. This committee is formed by professionals of recognized prestige and experience in research.


Dr. Viviana Loria Kohen

Nutritionist, senior researcher and Group leader of the Nutrition and Clinical Trials Unit

Dr. Viviana Loria Kohen obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Nutrition at Universidad de Buenos Aires, UBA (1996) and completed a Postgraduate Program in Nutrition (1996-1999) (training program similar to MIR in Spain). While living in Spain, she earned a Master’s degree in Clinical Nutrition at Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, UAM (2001). Thereafter, she obtained her PhD in Medicine at UAM in 2010.

In 2004 she joined the Fundación Biomédica of the Hospital Universitario La Paz (FIHULP) staff, taking part of the Research Group in Nutrition and Functional Food, IDipaz. In March 2012, she joined IMDEA Food and currently, she is Group leader of the Nutrition and Clinical Trials Unit at IMDEA Food. She has authored nutrition education books and has co-authored 27 books.

Moreover, she has published more than 50 papers in scientific journals and has presented 85 communications and papers in national and international conferences. She has been professor in Human Nutrition and Dietetics at Escuela de Nutricionistas UBA and participated in teaching activities for the Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia (UNED). She is nowadays tutor of practices in UAM and UCM. 

Email: viviana.loria@imdea.org 
Phone: +34 91 727 81 00, ext. 109

Members

Dr. Rocío de la Iglesia González

Nutritionist

Dr. Elena Aguilar Aguilar
Nutritionist

Dr. Isabel Espinosa Salinas
Nutritionist

Helena Marcos Pasero
Phd. Student

Students

Virginia Murillo Guadalix
Beatriz Serrano Polo
Ana Espinosa Ruiz
Elena Borregón Rivilla
Fernando Aguilón Martín
Isabel Estévez Martínez
Amancay
Ortega López
Helena Marcos Pasero
Alicia Zaragoza Córdoba

Dr. Rocío de la Iglesia González

Nutritionist

Dr. Rocío de la Iglesia is BsC in Human Nutrition and Dietetics (UAM, 2008), MsC in Nutrition and  metabolism (UNAV, 2009) and PhD in Food Science, Physiology and Health (UNAV, 2014). She received
the Final Master of Higher Scientific Quality Award for her work in the field of a new generation of food for weight management and obesity prevention (CENIT PRONAOS project). During the PhD studies, she specialized in the implementation of clinical trials examining the health effects of different dietary components. This PhD included a period in the HS Nutrition Unit at the University of Reading (U.K)
which lead her to obtain the International Doctor Mention. Moreover, she has university teaching  experience in the degrees of Pharmacy and Human Nutrition and Dietetics (positive evaluation from ANECA as assistant professor). She has worked on 13 R&D projects, she has co-authored 19 publications and she has presented different communications in national and international congresses.

Email: rocio.delaiglesia@imdea.org
Phone: +34 91 727 81 00, ext. 201

Dr. Elena Aguilar
Aguilar

Nutritionist

Elena Aguilar Aguilar has a degree in Human Nutrition and Dietetics and a Masters in Food Science and Technology obtained at Universidad Complutense de Madrid (UCM). Currently she’s studying her PhD in Nutrition Project at Department of Nutrition and Food Science I of Pharmacology Faculty at UCM. Her work activity has been developed both in research and in the healthcare field and teaching. She was a member of the Research Group in Nutrition and Functional Foods (NUTRINVEST) of Research Institute of University Hospital La Paz (IdiPAZ) and she worked as a nutritionist at University Hospital Santa Cristina in Madrid. She had a placement as a teacher and a tutor in some courses and masters. Likewise, she has written some book chapters and contents for subjects of a degree and postgraduate courses. She has joined on September 2015 to the IMDEA Food Research Institute as a Senior Nutritionist. 

Email: elena.aguilar@imdea.org
Phone: +34 91 727 81 00, ext. 300 

Dr. Isabel Espinosa Salinas

Nutritionist

Isabel Espinosa Salinas holds PhD in Biology and Food Sciences, a Human Nutrition and Diet degree and a Food Science and Technology degree, by Universidad Autónoma de Madrid. She has been involved in Endocrinology and Nutrition Department of “La Paz” and “Puerta de Hierro” Hospitals. She collaborated with Mahou-San Miguel Group for the development of a health and nutrition program in several cities around Spain. In 2010, she joined IMDEA Food and worked on the set up and development of the Platform for Clinical Trials in Nutrition and Health GENYAL. At present, she has more than seven years of experience as nutritionist in the development of more than 15 clinical trials funded by National Projects grantee and in nutritional intervention studies for companies as Biosearch Life or Capsa Food among others. She has teaching experience in nutrition courses and workshops. She has co-authored several publications, classroom books for Fundación Universitaria Iberoamericana and she has also presented different communications in national and international congresses. 

Email: mariaisabel.espinosa@imdea.org
Phone: + 34 91 279 69 61

Helena Marcos Pasero

Phd. Student

Helena Marcos Pasero has a degree in Human Nutrition and Dietetics from the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid (2010-2014). She completed the interuniversity Master’s Degree “NUTRENVIGEN-G + D Factors” in Genetic, Nutritional and Environmental Conditions of Growth and Development from the Universidad de Granada (2015-2016). In 2014 she joined Platform for Clinical Trials in Nutrition and Health GENYAL at IMDEA Food Institute as a Nutritionist, where she collaborates on the development of several clinical trials related to nutrition and genetics. Currently she’s studying her PhD in Food Sciences from Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, following the Nutrition Genomics line of research. 

Email: helena.marcos@imdea.org
Phone: +34 91 727 81 00