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Catia Martins has a first degree (honor) in Nutrition and Dietetics from Oporto University (Portugal), a M.Sc. in Clinical Nutrition (distinction) from Roehampton University, London (UK) and a Ph.D. from University of Surrey (UK). In 2008, after completion of her Ph.D., she was awarded a Post Doctoral fellowship (from the Fundação para a Ciência e Tecnologia (Portugal)) for conducting a collaborative project at NTNU with Prof. John Blundell (University of Leeds, UK) and Dr. Neil King (Queensland University of Technology, Australia) on “The effects of exercise-induced weight loss on appetite-related peptides and motivation to eat in obese individuals.”
In 2010 Dr. Martins was awarded a research grant from Central Norway Regional Health Authority/NTNU to lead a project on “High-intensity intermittent training to maximize metabolic and cardiovascular protection in obese individuals and type-2 diabetic patients” in collaboration with Dr. Neil King (Queensland University of Technology, Australia) and Prof. Linda Morgan (University of Surrey, UK).
In 2011 she started as an Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Medicine, being responsible for two of the modules in the new master in “Obesity and Health” (“Definition, pathophysiology and consequences of obesity” and “Conservative treatment of obesity: Behavioural therapy, diet and exercise”).
Dr. Martins’s research focuses on the role of exercise on energy balance and body weight homeostasis, in particular its impact on appetite control. She has received awards from the British Nutrition Society in 2007 and Association for the Study of Obesity (ASO) in 2008 in recognition of her research on “The effects of exercise on appetite control”. She has published several original papers, review papers and book chapters in this area. She is also interested on the compensatory mechanisms activated during weight loss, especially at the level of the appetite control system (with increased hunger and reduced satiety) and the potential role of exercise in minimizing those mechanisms. Additionally, she has been working in the field of morbid obesity and the impact of bariatric surgery versus lifestyle interventions on weight loss, resolution of comorbidities and appetite control and she is involved in the development of new lifestyle programs that can maximize both short-term weight loss and long-term weight loss maintenance.