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INRA researcher in nutrition receives award from Spanish peers

Nutritionist and epidemiologist Pilar Galan, a research director at INRAE, has been awarded the 2015 Mataix Award, given to the country’s best scientist, by SEDCA, the Spanish society for nutrition and food sciences. This major award recognises her work in establishing nutritional guidelines and public policy to improve chronic disease prevention.

Published on 25 November 2015 (date.last_update 27 June 2020)

illustration INRA researcher in nutrition receives award from Spanish peers
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Pilar Galan, a member of the nutritional epidemiology research team1 at INRAE–Jouy-en-Josas - Antony, became the sixth winner of the Mataix Award at a ceremony held 5 October 2015 in La Coruña (Spain). Mataix awards – among the highest distinctions in this area of research in Spain – are awarded every year by the Socieded Española de Dietética y Ciencias de la Alimentación. The award honours the work of José Matáix Verdú, a leading figure in nutritional research in Spain.

Pilar Galan’s work has advanced knowledge in the field of nutrition, particularly in the following areas:

  • the study of ties between nutrition and health by identifying nutrition-related risk factors and protection strategies affecting health and exposure to chronic illness, aging and quality of life;
  • the mechanisms involved (biomarkers, intermediary criteria).    

Ms Galan is the author of over 370 international publications, over 100 oral presentations and posters at national and international conferences, and has acted as lead researcher and co-researcher in several epidemiological studies, including NutriNet-Santé.


1Joint Research Unit at the Centre for Epidemiological Research and Statistics, Sorbonne Paris Cité (INSERM-INRAE-CNAM-Université Paris 13)




Maria del Pilar Galan Hercberg Centre for Epidemiological Research and Statistics, Sorbonne Paris Cité



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