Carlos Celis works as a Research Associate at the Human Nutrition Research Centre. He is currently working in the multicentre research study called “Food4Me – Personalised Nutrition: An integrated analysis of opportunities and challenges “, which is funded by the European FP7. Additionally, Carlos is currently an external collaborator at the Centre for Exercise, Nutrition and Metabolism (CNEF), Concepcion Chile and at the Sport Science School at the University of Concepcion, Chile. There, he is contributing towards several research projects, focussing on physical activity and nutritional interventions in schools, targeting obesity and metabolic-related disorders in South American children.
Carlos obtained his PhD at the Institute of Cardiovascular and Medical Science, University of Glasgow, UK. His PhD focused on “Effect of Genes, Environment and Ethnicity on Insulin Resistance and Obesity in Aboriginal and Non-aboriginal South American Populations”. As part of his fieldwork, Carlos spent several months collecting data in different isolated villages where traditional Aboriginal populations live, located mainly in the mountains and coast of South America. His PhD results so far have been presented at several conferences worldwide.
2007-2011 PhD Cardiovascular and Medical Science. University of Glasgow. UK
2001-2006 BSc (Hons) Physical activity and Exercise Science (1st Class). University of Concepcion, Chile.
Food4Me overview: the concept of personalised nutrition emerged following the sequencing of the human genome in 2000. It was hoped that with the identification of gene nutrient interactions, an individual's response and susceptibility to particular diets would be better understood and therefore appropriate dietary modifications could be made to optimise health and lower disease risk. Then Food4Me aims to study the development of personalized nutrition at three levels and determine whether providing more personalised dietary advice leads to better compliance and health outcomes compared to standard population advice.
To achieve the Food4me aims, we will undertake a large multi-centre proof-of-principle study carried out across 8 EU countries on options for the delivery of personalised nutrition.
PoP Centres: University College Dublin, Ireland; University of Maastricht, Netherlands; University of Oslo, Norway; Universidad de Navarra, Spain; Harokopio University, Greece; The University of Reading, Uk; National Food and Nutrition Institute, Poland; Technische Universitaet Muenchen, German; Newcastle University, UK.
Project: “Physical Activity and Nutritional Education as an Integrated Approach to Prevent Childhood Obesity in Chilean Primary Schools” Research Group: Professor Carlos Salas (Sport Science School, University of Concepcion, Chile), Dr. Ana Maria Labrana (Human Nutrition Department, University of Concepcion, Chile), Dr. Carlos Celis-Morales (University of Glasgow), March 2008 to Dec. 2010.
Project: “Genetics, Lifestyle and Diet: multidimensional /interacting effects on cardio-metabolic risk in aboriginal and non-aboriginal South American population” Research group: Dr. Carlos Celis-Morales (University of Glasgow), Dr. Jason Gill (University of Glasgow, UK), Dr. Mark Bailey (University of Glasgow, UK), Dr. Francisco Perez-Bravo (University of Chile, Chile), Prof. Carlos Salas-Bravo, Dr. Natalia Ulloa and Dr. Carlos Calvo (University of Concepcion, Chile), MSc Luis Ibañez (Nutritional and Metabolic Research Centre – CNEF, Chile), April 2007 to Sep 2011.
Project: “Effect of Resistance and High Intensity Physical Activity on Metabolic Risk Markers on Sedentary Impaired Glucose Tolerance Adults” Research Group: Cristian Alvarez (University of Los Lagos, Chile), Dr. Marcelo Flores (University of Melbourne, Australia), Dr.Cecil Zuniga and Dr.Rodrigo Ramirez Campillo (University of Los Lagos, Chile), Dr. Carlos Celis-Morales (University of Newcastle) June 2010 to present.
Assisting in the Supervision of Student projects and in the Development of Student Research Skills (Genetic and Metabolic lab-bases techniques and statistical analysis).
Celis-Morales CA (March 2011) “Evidence on Physical Activity and Health: review of international guidelines for children and adults” Exercise and Physical Activity Conference. University of Concepcion. Chile. Invited speaker.
Celis-Morales CA (February 2011). Sedentary behaviours strengthen the association between FTO gene and obesity-related traits in aboriginal and non-aboriginal populations in South America. Cardiovascular Research Centre, British Heart Foundation, Glasgow. Invited seminar speaker.
Carlos Salas Bravo, Eliana Duran Fernández, Ana María Labraña Torres, Pedro Salcedo Lagos, María Cáceres González, Celis-Morales CA. (September 2010). “Impact of a new model of physical education classes on obesity, fitness and dietary intake patterns in children aged 6 to 9 years: 2 years of follow-up” Latin American Association of Physical Activity, Sport and Health. Buenos Aires, Argentina. Awarded “Young Investigator Award”
Celis-Morales CA (September 2010). Ethnicity, Lifestyle and Cardiovascular Health. British Association of Sport and Exercise Science (BASES) Conference “Challenging the Dogma” Glasgow, 6-8 September 2010. Invited conference speaker.
Celis-Morales CA, Perez-Bravo F, Sanzana R, Ibañez L, Hormazabal E, Ulloa N, Calvo C, Gill J, Bailey M. (June 2009) Effects of traditional and western environments on cardio-metabolic risk in aboriginal and non-aboriginal populations in South America. The International XXth European Symposium: "Physical exercise in Health Promotion and Medical Care: Current evidence for Metabolic syndrome". June 23 - 26 2009, Kuopio, Finland. Oral presentation and poster. Awarded “Young Investigator Award”
Celis-Morales, CA; Ibañez, L; Sanzana, R; Hormazabal, E; Salas, C; Perez-Bravo, F; Ulloa, N; Calvo, C; Bailey, ME; Gill, JM. Should Physical Activity Guidelines be Ethnicity-Specific? Defining Physical Activity and Obesity and Cut-off Points for a Non-White Population. International Convention on Science, Education & Medicine in Sport, 19 - 24 July 2012, Glasgow, UK
Polyviou, T; Takas, P; Lee, WC; Celis-Morales, C; Malkova, D; Pitsiladis, YP. The Effects of Creatine/Glycerol Supplementation With Glucose Or Alpha Lipolic Acid on Plasma Lipids. International Convention on Science, Education & Medicine in Sport, 19 - 24 July 2012, Glasgow, UK
M. E. S. Bailey, C. A. Celis-Morales, N. Ulloa, C. Calvo, F. Pérez-Bravo, J. M. R. Gill. FTO genotype independently and strongly influences both adiposity and insulin resistance in the Mapuche of Chile. The 12th International Congress of Human Genetics & The American Society of Human Genetics. 61st Annual meeting October 11–15, 2011, Montreal, Canada.
Ibañez L, Celis-Morales CA, Sanzana R, Perez-Bravo F, Salas C, Hormazabal E, Ulloa N, Calvo C, Gill J, Bailey M. (November 2011). “TV-viewing is associated with an increased risk of obesity and metabolic syndrome independent of energy intake and physical activity in Chilean population”. Chilean Association of Nutrition (SOCHINUT). Coquimbo 23-26 Nov 2011, Chile
Perez-Bravo F, Celis-Morales CA, Ibañez L, Sanzana R, Salas C, Hormazabal E, Ulloa N, Calvo C, Gill J, Bailey M. (November 2011). “FTO gene is associated to Insulin Resistance in Amerindians ethnic minorities but not white European population”. Chilean Association of Endocrinology and Diabetes (SOCHED). San Pedro de Atacama, 10-12 Nov , Chile.
Celis-Morales CA, Perez-Bravo F, Sanzana R, Ibañez L, Hormazabal E, Ulloa N, Calvo C, Gill J, Bailey M. (September 2010). Lifestyle factor interaction and their effects on cardio-metabolic risk in aboriginal and non aboriginal population of South America. British Association of Sport and Exercise Science (BASES) Conference “Challenging the Dogma” Glasgow, 6-8 September 2010.
Celis-Morales CA. ( February 2010). Sedentary time is associated to insulin resistance independent of moderate to vigorous physical activity in Mapuches Native and Hispanic South American Population. Scottish Cardiovascular Research Forum. 25th and 26th of February, Glasgow. Scotland. UK.
Celis-Morales CA, Perez-Bravo F, Sanzana R, Ibañez L, Hormazabal E, Ulloa N, Calvo C, Gill J, Bailey M. (November 2009). “Lifestyle effect on cardio-metabolic risk in Mapuches and Hispanic populations in Chile: GENADIO Study” Latin American association of Endocrinology and Diabetes (SOCHED). Coquimbo. Chile.
Carlos Salas Bravo, Eliana Duran Fernández, Ana María Labraña Torres, Pedro Salcedo Lagos, María Cáceres González, Celis-Morales CA. (September 2009). “A new multidisciplinary approach in physical education and its effect on fitness, adiposity and dietary intake patterns in Chilean children aged 7 and 9 years” Latin American Association of Physical Activity, Sport and Health, Buenos Aires, Argentina.