Dr Ines Varela-Silva BSc, MSc, PhD, FHEA, FRSA, FHBA, MRSB
Senior Lecturer in Human Biology
Dr Varela-Silva is a Human Biologist with a keen interest in global health and wellbeing throughout the lifespan. Her areas of research include:
- Patterns of human growth and development as indicators of health and disease
- The nutritional dual-burden paradox (coexistence of under-and overweight) among populations in low-and-middle income countries, and among migrants in high income countries
- Aspects of energy balance, physical (in)activity and intergenerational components of health and disease.
- Nutritional status and cardiovascular health
Dr Varela-Silva is currently involved in research in the UK, Mexico, Guatemala, Ghana and Nigeria. Her research has received funding from The Wenner-Gren Foundation, Santander Universities, and The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Her online CV can be seen here https://www.visualcv.com/ines-varela-silva
Dr Varela-Silva is the director of The Maya Project, a Loughborough University social enterprise project that blends art and research outputs to portray the biosocial realities of the Maya in Mesoamerica.
Dr Varela-Silva current research projects include:
- Nutritional status, physical activity and cardiovascular health in low-and-mid-income countries
- Quantifying healthy birth, growth and development knowledge integration. Funded by The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (2015-2016).
- What are the causes of the nutritional dual-burden among Maya families in Mexico and Maya migrants to the USA? Funded by the Wenner-Gren Foundation and Santander Universities
- The burden of non-communicable diseases among urban young adults in Ghana (PhD supervision – Emmanuel Assasie)
- Body size, shape, and proportion among children and parents: effects of socioeconomic status, living conditions, and physical activity levels (PhD supervision – Hankook Kim)
The role of gender in primary health care in Nigeria (PhD co-supervision – Susan Ako)
Memberships and Fellowships
- 2018-present: Professional membership: Royal Society of Biology (UK)
- 2016-present: Fellow of the Royal Society for the Arts (UK)
- 2013-present: Fellow of the Human Biology Association (USA)
- 2010-present: Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (UK)
- 2017-present: Professional membership of the Royal Society for Biology
- 2010-present: Professional membership: Auxological Society (Germany)
- 2007-present: Professional membership - Society for the Study of Human Biology (UK)
- 2005-present: Professional membership - American Association of Physical Anthropologists (USA)
- American Journal of Human Biology,
- Annals of Human Biology,
- American Journal of Physical Anthropology,
- European Journal of Paediatrics,
- European Journal of Clinical Nutrition
- Editorial Board of the Journal “Anthropological Reviews”
- Azcorra H, Rodriguez L, Datta Banik S, Bogin B, Dickinson F, Varela-Silva MI (2018). Living conditions and change in age of menarche in adult Maya mothers and daughters from Yucatan, Mexico. American Journal of Human Biology, 30 (2): e23087. Published online on Early View on 27 November 2017.
- Varela-Silva MI, Bogin B, Galvez Sobral JA, Dickinson F, Monserrat-Revillo S, and the Healthy Birth, Growth, and Development - Knowledge Integration (HBGDki) initiative (2016). Deep data science to prevent and treat growth faltering in Maya children. European Journal of Clinical Nutrition. Advance Online Publication. DOI: 10.1038/ejcn.2016.63
- Andre A, Padez C, Rosado-Marques V, Griffiths P, and Varela-Silva MI (2016). Growing up in Portugal: Cape Verdean ancestry children exhibit low overweight and obesity compared with Portuguese in urban Lisbon. Journal of Biosocial Science, doi: https://doi.org/10.1017/S0021932016000699
- Varela-Silva MI, Santinho C (2016). Human Biology of Poverty. Annals of Human Biology, 43 (2), 99-101.
- Azcorra H, Rodriguez L, Varela-Silva MI, Datta Banik S, Dickinson F (2015). Intergenerational changes in knee height among Maya mothers and their adult daughters from Merida, Mexico. American Journal of Human Biology, 27 (6), 792-797. First published online: 19 JUN 2015. DOI: 10.1002/ajhb.22752
- Azcorra H, Dickinson F, Bogin B, Rodriguez L, Varela-Silva MI (2015). Intergenerational influences on the growth of Maya children: The effect of living conditions experienced by mothers and maternal grandmothers during their childhood. American Journal of Human Biology, 27 (4), 494-500. Article first published online : 9 JAN 2015, DOI: 10.1002/ajhb.22675
- Wilson HJ, Dickinson F, Griffiths PL, Bogin B, Hobbs M, Varela-Silva MI (2014). Maternal short stature does not predict their children's fatness indicators in a nutritional dual-burden sample of urban Mexican Maya. American Journal of Physical Anthropology, 153, 627-634.