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. 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
Bixby, Honor and Bentham, James and Zhou, Bin and Di Cesare, Mariachiara and Paciorek, Christopher J. and NCD Risk Factor Collaboration, (NCD-RisC) (2019) Rising rural body-mass index is the main driver of the global obesity epidemic in adults [Letter]. Nature, 569 (7755). pp. 260-264. ISSN 0028-0836
Fanzo, Jessica and Hawkes, Corinna and Udomkesmalee, Emorn and Afshin, Ashkan and Allemandi, Lorena and Assery, Obey and Baker, Phillip and Battersby, Jane and Bhutta, Zulfiqar and Chen, Kevin and Corvalan, Camilla and Di Cesare, Mariachiara and Dolan, Carmel and Fonseca, Jorge and Grummer-Strawn, Laurence and Hayashi, Chika and McArthur, John and Rao, Anushree and Rosenzweig, Cynthia and Schofield, Dominic (2018) 2018 Global Nutrition Report: Shining a light to spur action on nutrition. Technical Report. Bristol, UK: Development Initiatives.
Teplitski, Max and Irani, Tracy and Krediet, Cory J. and Di Cesare, Mariachiara and Marvasi, Massimiliano (2018) Student-generated pre-exam questions is an effective tool for participatory learning: a case study from Ecology of Waterborne Pathogens course. Journal of Food Science Education, 17 (3). pp. 76-84. ISSN 1541-4329
Zhou, Bin and Bentham, James and Di Cesare, Mariachiara and Danaei, Goodarz and Hajifathalian, Kaveh and Taddei, Cristina and Carrillo-Larco, Rodrigo M. and Djalalinia, Shirin and Khatibzadeh, Shahab and Lugero, Charles and Peykari, Niloofar and Zhang, Wan Zhu and Bilano, Ver and Stevens, Gretchen A. and Cowan, Melanie J. and Riley, Leanne M. and Zhengming, Chen and Hambleton, Ian and Jackson, Rod T. and Kengne, Andre Pascal and Khang, Young-Ho and Laxmaiah, Avula and Liu, Jing and Malekzadeh, Reza and Neuhauser, Hannelore K. and Soric, Maroje and Starc, Gregor and Sundstrom, Johan and Woodward, Mark and Ezzati, Majid and NCD Risk Factor Collaboration, (NCD-RisC) (2018) Contributions of mean and shape of blood pressure distribution to worldwide trends and variations in raised blood pressure: a pooled analysis of 1018 population-based measurement studies with 88.6 million participants. International Journal of Epidemiology, 47 (3). 872-883i. ISSN 0300-5771
Ezzati, Majid and Di Cesare, Mariachiara and Bentham, James (2018) Determining the worldwide prevalence of obesity - Authors' reply. The Lancet, 391 (10132). p. 1774. ISSN 0140-6736
'The GOALPoST Study: improving Global access to Oral AnticoaguLants to Prevent Stroke in aTrial fibrillation'. World Heart Federation (2018-2020)
'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)
'Inequalities in cardiovascular risk factors'. Imperial College London Inter-insitutional collaboration (2018)
'Socio-economic inequalities in non-communicable diseases and their risk factors in the MAUCO cohort, Chile'. The European Research Project INCASI