Dr Carlos Celis Morales
Research Associate

  • Email: carlos.celis@ncl.ac.uk
  • Telephone: +44(0)191 208 1141
  • Personal Website: http://www.ncl.ac.uk/hnrc/
  • Address: Human Nutrition Research Centre,
    Centre for Brain Ageing and Vitality,
    Institute for Ageing and Health
    Newcastle University
    Carlos.Celis@ncl.ac.uk

    Biomedical Research Building Campus for Ageing and Vitality
    Newcastle Upon Tyne,
    NE4 5PL
    UK

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.

 

Qualifications

 2007-2011   PhD Cardiovascular and Medical Science. University of Glasgow. UK

  • PhD project: GENADIO Study “The Effects of Genes, Environment and Ethnicity on Insulin Resistance and Obesity in Aboriginal and Non-aboriginal South American Populations”  Thesis Supervised by Dr. Jason Gill & Dr. Mark Bailey
  • Thesis description: this is a cross-sectional, international, multicentre study that aims to identify genetic, social and lifestyle (physical activity and diet) determinants of obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular disease susceptibility in Amerindian and Hispanic populations of South America.

  2001-2006  BSc (Hons) Physical activity and Exercise Science (1st Class). University of Concepcion, Chile.

 

Memberships

  • Physiological Society
  • British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences (BASES)
  • Diabetes UK
  • American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM)
  • Nutrition Society

 

Prizes & Personal Awards

  • Young Investigator Award (September 2010) Awarded for oral presentation of “A new multidisciplinary intervention in physical education school session and its effect on fitness, adiposity and dietary intake patterns in Chilean children aged 7 and 9 years” at VII International conference in Physical Activity and Health. September 10 - 11 2010, Buenos Aires, Argentina.
  • Martti J. Karvonen Young Investigator Award (June 2009) Awarded for oral presentation of “Effects of traditional and western environments on cardio-metabolic risk in aboriginal and non-aboriginal populations in South America” at The International XXth European Symposium: "Physical exercise in Health Promotion and Medical Care: Current evidence for metabolic syndrome". June 23 - 26 2009, Kuopio, Finland.
  • Postgraduate Scholarship - fully funded (2007 to2011), Ministry of Science and Technology (CONICYT), Chile.
  • University of Concepcion Academic Excellence Award (Class prize) Dec. 2006. University of Concepcion, Chile.

 

 Relevant Training

  • Advanced Epidemiological and Statistical Methods (June 2011). School of Social and Community Medicine, University of Bristol. UK. 
  • Rates and Survival Analysis Poisson Cox Regression Models (June 2011). School of Social and Community Medicine, University of Bristol. UK.
  • Statistic using “R” package. (July 2010) Research Development Training Courses, University of Glasgow. UK.
  • Presentation of Statistics for Medical Journals. (May 2009). Robertson Centre for Biostatistics, University of Glasgow. UK.
  • Applied Statistics for Biomedical and Life Sciences (April 2009). Robertson Centre for Biostatistics, University of Glasgow. UK.
  •  Advanced Medical Statistics & Epidemiology (January 2009). Robertson Centre for Biostatistics, University of Glasgow. UK.
  • Using and Creating Databases with MS Access (March 2009) IT Training Services Unit. University of Glasgow. UK.

 

Languages 

  •  Spanish and English

 

Research interest:

  • Personalised Nutrition and Health.
  • Cardiovascular, Metabolic Disease and Ethnicity.
  • Gene & Environment Interaction: their effect on complex diseases (obesity and T2D).
  • Nutritional and Physical Activity Epidemiology: Patterns of Dietary Intake, Physical Activity and Sedentary Behaviours and their Relationship with Several Health Outcomes.
  • The implementation of physical activity and nutrition to prevent obesity and cardiovascular disease in children and high risk individuals.  

 

Current Work

Carlos is part of the Food4Me European Research Team funded by the European FP7.  
Web:  http://food4me.org/

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.

 

Previous Research Experience:

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.

 

Undergaduate and Post-graduate Co-Supervision

Assisting in the Supervision of Student projects and in the Development of Student Research Skills (Genetic and Metabolic lab-bases techniques and statistical analysis).

  • PhD Thesis: “Impact of nutritional supplementation on insulin sensitivity in sedentary overweight individuals”. PhD Student Thelma Polyviou. Supervisors: Yannis Pitsiladis & Dalia Malkova. University of Glasgow. September 2010 to present.
  • PhD Thesis: “Genetic and lifestyle determinants of childhood obesity: IDEFICS STUDY” PhD Student Anna Christina Koni. Supervisor: Yannis Pitsiladis & Mark Bailey. University of Glasgow. September 2010 to present.
  • MSc Thesis: “The association study of four ADRB2 SNPs with obesity and the R577X SNP of ACTN3 with physical performance in two different ethnic groups”. MSc student Anna Tampagari. Supervisor: Mark Bailey. Sept. 2009 to Jan. 2010.

        

Teaching and Work Experience

  • Undergraduate Teaching (part time) University of Glasgow, UK. Courses: Physical Activity & Health, Medical Statistic for Sport Science and Exercise Physiology. Sept. 2008 to Sept. 2011
  • Undergraduate teaching (part time) University Santo Thomas, Chile. Courses: Physical Activity and Health. March 2006 to Feb. 2007.
  • Research Assistance (part time) Ergonomics and Work Physiology Research Unit, University of Concepcion, Chile. Responsibilities: Anthropometric measurements, physiological testing, VO2 and strength measurements, Electromyography and Biomechanics analysis. March 2006 to Feb. 2007.

 

Esteem Indicators 

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”

 

Conferences Presentation

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.

 



 

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