C022 – Paediatric Nutrition

Objectives and lines of research


  • Assessment of the nutritional status of children and adolescents and its relationship with the risk of diseases in the short, medium and long term
  • Study of risk factors for child and adolescent overweight and obesity, critical periods of development, prevention and intervention
  • Study of the most prevalent nutritional pathologies and nutritional treatment in children with special needs
  • Study of the intestinal microbiota and its relationship with the increased risk of disease, as well as the use of probiotics and prebiotics for prevention and treatment

Lines of research

  • The study of nutrition, growth and body composition
  • The study of obesity in the pediatric age: risk factors, comorbidities (metabolic syndrome) and prevention and treatment
  • The study of nutrition and changes in the metabolism of carbohydrates. Molecular diagnosis of adult-type lactose malabsorption
  • The study of vitamin D and bone mineralization and metabolic risk in the pediatric age
  • The study of the intestinal microbiota: its role in the health and use of probiotics and prebiotics in the pediatric age
  • Cognitive-behavioral techniques and information, knowledge and communication technologies (ICTs) applied to nutritional education and healthy lifestyles
  • Atlantic Diet in the prevention of the disease from the child to the elderly
Research team

Leis Trabazo, Rosaura

Researchers (established or associate)
Martinón Torres, Nazareth 


Postdoctoral staff
Bautista Casasnovas, Adolfo
Carreira Sande, Nathalie
Crujeiras Martínez, Vanesa
García García, Eva
Méndez Bustelo, María José
Méndez Gallart, Roberto
Pérez Ferreirós, Alexandra
Saborido Riaño, Rebeca

Predoctoral staff
López Rubio, Alicia

Technical support staff
Vázquez Cobela, Rocío

External collaborators
Rodicio García, María de las Mercedes


  • Barja-Fernández S, Folgueira C, Castelao C, Pena-León V, González-Saenz P, Vázquez-Cobela R, Aguilera CM, Gil-Campos M, Bueno G, Gil A, Moreno LA, Ruiz-Piñón M, García-Palacios M, Casanueva FF, Diéguez C, Nogueiras R, Leis R*, Seoane LM. ANGPTL-4 is associated with Obesity and Lipid Profile in Children and Adolescents. Nutrients 2019; 11 (6), 1340. doi: 10.3390/nu11061340. Editorial: MDPI. Basel, Switzerland. ISSN: 2072-6643 eISSN: 2077-0383
  • Pérez-Gimeno G, Rupérez AI, Vázquez-Cobela R, Herráiz-Gastesi G, Gil-Campos M, Aguilera CM, Moreno LA, Leis Trabazo MR*, Bueno-Lozano G. Energy Dense Salty Food Consumption Frequency is associated with Diastolic Hypertension in Spanish Children. Nutrients 2020,12,1027; doi:10.3390/nu12041027. Editorial: MDPI. Basel, Switzerland. ISSN: 2072-6643 eISSN: 2077-0383
  • Sara González-García, Rebeca González-García, Luis González Vázquez, María Teresa Moreira, Rosaura Leis. Tracking the environmental footprints of institutional restaurant service in nursery schools. Science of the Total Environment 2020; 728, 138939. doi:10.1016/j.scitotenv.2020.138939. Editorial: Elsevier Science BV. Netherlands. ISSN: 0048-9697
  • Augusto Anguita-Ruiz, Esther M. González-Gil, Azahara I. Rupérez, Francisco Jesús Llorente-Cantarero, Belén Pastor-Villaescusa, Jesús Alcalá-Fdez, Luis A. Moreno, Ángel Gil, Mercedes Gil-Campos, Gloria Bueno, Rosaura Leis* and Concepción M. Aguilera. Evaluation of the Predictive Ability, Environmental Regulation and Pharmacogenetics Utility of a BMI-Predisposing Genetic Risk Score during Childhood and Puberty. J Clin Med 2020, 9,1705; doi:10.3390/jcm9061705. Editorial: MDPI, Basel, Switzerland. ISSN: 2077-0383
  • Madrigal C, Soto-Méndez, MJ, Leis R*, Hernández-Ruiz Á, Valero T, Lara Villoslada F, Martínez de Victoria E, Moreno JM, Ortega RM, Ruiz-López MD, Varela-Moreira G, Gil A. Dietary Intake, Nutritional Adequacy and Food Sources of Total Fat and Fatty Acids, and Relationships with Personal and Family Factors in Spanish Children Aged one to <10 Years: Results of the EsNuPi Study. Nutrients 2020; 12: 2467; doi: 10.3390/nu12082467. Editorial: MDPI. Basel, Switzerland ISSN: 2072-6643 eISSN: 2077-0383
  • Couce ML, Sánchez-Pintos P, González-Vioque E, Leis R. Clinical utility of LCT genotyping in children with suspected functional gastrointestinal disorder. Nutrients 2020; 12: 3017. doi:10.3390/nu12103017. Editorial: MDPI. Basel, Switzerland ISSN: 2072-6643 eISSN:2077-0383
  • González García S, Esteve-Llorens X, González García R, González L, Feijoo G, Moreira MT, Leis R. Environmental assessment of menus for toddlers serviced at nursery canteen following the Atlantic diet recommendations. Science of the Total Environment 2021; 770: 145342. doi: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2021.145342. Editorial: Elsevier Science BV. Netherlands. ISSN: 0048-9697
  • Llorente-Cantarero FJ†, Aguilar-Gómez FJ †, Leis R †, Bueno G, Rupérez AI, Anguita-Ruiz A, Vázquez-Cobela R, Mesa MD, Moreno LA, Gil Á, Aguilera CM, Gil-Campos M. Relationship between Physical Activity, Oxidative Stress, and Total Plasma Antioxidant Capacity in Spanish Children from the GENOBOX Study. Antioxidants 2021; 10(2):320. doi: 10.3390/antiox10020320. Editorial: MDPI. Basel, Switzerland ISSNe: 2076-3921