Chiara is Senior Lecturer in Public Health at Middlesex University and Honorary Research Fellow at Imperial College London. Chiara has a Master’s degree in Statistics, Demography, and Social Sciences and a PhD in Demography from the University of Rome ‘La Sapienza’. Chiara is a scientist with interdisciplinary work experience in both academia and international organisations (Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean). Her research in population health uses and integrates concepts, data and methods from demography, epidemiology, statistics, and social science. Her work has focused on the epidemiology and public health of obesity and undernutrition, the role of early nutrition on child development, whether, and how much, changes in metabolic risk factors have contributed to the decline in cardiovascular mortality, and the extent of within and between countries inequalities in non‐communicable diseases mortality and associated risk factors.
Chiara is currently working on the dynamics of social inequalities in undernutrition and adiposity and her research is supported by the Academy of Medical Sciences Springboard award. Chiara is also working on access to treatment for atrial fibrillation to prevent stroke and her research is supported by the World Heart Federation.
Results of Chiara’s recent research on global trends in obesity are currently used by WHO (Global Health Observatory) as official estimates and have been used to write several WHO/UN reports and have received extended global media coverage (Altmetric #14 in 2016 and #7 in 2017).
English, Spanish, Italian
Teaching interests: Global health; Demography; Research methods; Epidemiology
Programme leader BSc in Public Health
Malnutrition, cardiovascular health, wearable devices, health inequalities
Miranda, J. Jaime and NCD Risk Factor Collaboration, (NCD-RisC) - Americas Working Group and Di Cesare, Mariachiara (2020) Transitions of cardio-metabolic risk factors in the Americas between 1980 and 2014. Lancet Global Health , 8 (1). e123-e133. ISSN 2214-109X (Published online first)
Bentham, James and Singh, Gitanjali M. and Danaei, Goodarz and Green, Rosemary and Lin, John K. and Stevens, Gretchen A. and Farzadfar, Farshad and Bennett, James E. and Di Cesare, Mariachiara and Dangour, Alan D. and Ezzati, Majid (2020) Multidimensional characterization of global food supply from 1961 to 2013. Nature Food , 1 . pp. 70-75.
Di Cesare, Mariachiara and Sorić, Maroje and Bovet, Pascal and Miranda, J. Jaime and Bhutta, Zulfiqar and Stevens, Gretchen A. and Laxmaiah, Avula and Kengne, Andre Pascal and Bentham, James (2019) The epidemiological burden of obesity in childhood: a worldwide epidemic requiring urgent action. BMC Medicine , 17 . ISSN 1741-7015
Di Cesare, Mariachiara (2019) Global trends of chronic non-communicable diseases risk factors. In: 12th European Public Health Conference: Building bridges for solidarity and public health, 20-23 Nov 2019, Marseille, France.
Roca-Barceló, Aina and Di Cesare, Mariachiara and Fecht, Daniela (2019) Environmental and health inequalities in England (2000-2015). In: 31st annual conference of the International Society for Environmental Epidemiology (ISEE 2019), 25-28 Aug 2019, Utrecht, the Netherlands.
'Healthcare assistants’ knowledge, attitudes and experiences of preventing pressure ulcers: a mixed method study'. Department of Adult, Child and Midwifery R&D funding. Middlesex University (Dec 2019-Jul 2020). CoI, £2,060
'The GOALPoST Study: improving Global access to Oral AnticoaguLants to Prevent Stroke in aTrial fibrillation'. World Heart Federation (2018-2020). CoI, £25,000
'Dynamics of social inequalities in undernutrition and adiposity from 1975 to 2015: a global analysis'. The Academy of Medical Sciences Springboard - Health of the Public 2040 Award (2017-2019). PI, £49,259
'Inequalities in cardiovascular risk factors'. Imperial College London Inter-insitutional collaboration (2018).PI, £28,000
'Socio-economic inequalities in non-communicable diseases and their risk factors in the MAUCO cohort, Chile'. The European Research Project INCASI (Aug 2018). CoI, £2,000
'Impact of early child undernutrition on overweight during adolescence'. Newton MDX funding (Mar 2017). PI, £2,000