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Gabriela Rueda-Hernández

Gabriela Rueda-Hernandez 154 x 168I was born in Puebla, Mexico. During my training as a physician, I constantly attended patients with nutritional deficiencies, which made me become aware of the need of public health nutrition studies. This disquiet increased as I got involved on a project related to hypertension in adults, where I observed how nutrition status and other social determinants were associated to the development and control of hypertension.

In 2004, I had the opportunity to volunteer on the nutrition and dietitian services and the pediatrics and nutrition services in the University of Texas Medical Branch Later the same year, I started my MSc majoring in nutrition at the National Institute of Public Health in Mexico and participated in a clinical trial related to omega 3 fatty acid supplementation in pregnant women. As a consequence, my thesis was on the relationship between antioxidant vitamins and folate intakes with c-reactive protein in Mexican women of childbearing age. After concluding my studies, I joined the National Institute’s centre for population health research, and since 2008, its centre for economic evaluation and health surveys.

As a researcher I believe that health services are a social challenge for our nation. The Mexican population requires provision of high quality health care, and public health actions should be enforced. In a society like ours, where resources are limited, we must continuously ensure the wise use of them. Cost-benefit analysis helps us make decisions on the channeling of scarce elements to maximise the benefit for our population at the lowest possible cost. The Mexican population faces every day financial problems that are related to poor nutritional quality both excess and deficiency. So in our society, as in the rest of the world, there are diseases of metabolism that require research and also solutions designed to improve the quality of life.