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Ms Gabriela Oto

Ms Gabriela Oto is a Research Assistant in The Irish Longitudinal Study on Ageing, working as part of the TILDA Healthy Cognitive Ageing Project (TILDA-HCAP). She joined the TILDA team in January 2022.

Gabriela graduated from University College Dublin with a Bachelor’s Degree in Human Nutrition (BSc. Hons) in 2020. As part of her undergraduate degree, she completed her work experience as a research assistant/coordinator at the Human Nutrition Research Unit (HNRU) in the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Canada. During her time at the HNRU, she was heavily involved in multiple areas of research including cancer nutrition, energy metabolism, and body composition. Moreover, her thesis was titled “Changes in dietary intake following a targeted nutrition intervention in colorectal cancer: A sub-analysis of the PRIMe study”. Upon completion of her BSc, she was awarded a distinction grade and co-authored on a paper published to the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition. She also gained the titled of Registered Associate Nutritionist (ANutr) with the Association for Nutrition in the UK.

Prior to joining TILDA, Gabriela had just completed her MSc in Clinical and Translational Research at University College Dublin. Her thesis was titled “HMB supplementation to increase muscle mass in cancer”. This research project was investigating the effect of supplementation with a metabolite of the amino acid leucine on changes in muscle mass in a cohort of patients with various stages of lung cancer.

Her current research interests include investigating the impact of various nutrition supplements, ageing and disease on changes in body composition in particular muscle mass, strength and quality of life.

Peer Reviewed Publications

  • Mota, J.F., Gonzalez, M.C.,, Lukaski, H., Oto, G.L. et al. (2021) The influence of coffee consumption on bioelectrical impedance parameters: a randomized, double-blind, cross-over trial. Eur J Clin Nutr DOI: 10.1038/s41430-021-00932-3.