I have had a long journey towards public health nutrition. Always I had been thinking ‘how can the research I do, contribute to improving my neighbours’ lives?’ After fifteen years working on digestive function in laboratory animals, finally I had an opportunity to test the effects of diet composition on several body systems. In turn this led me to research on nutrition and its consequences on public health. Then I sensed I was moving towards the place I wanted to be.
At that time I was fortunate to find colleagues who have become good friends, like Lluis Serra-Majem and Javier Aranceta, who introduced me to public health nutrition. In the 1990s this in turn led me to direct a group responsible for the first nutritional survey of the Balearic Islands, and afterwards towards finding nutritional solutions to oxidative stress. Then we founded the Research Group on Community Nutrition and Oxidative Stress in our University of the Balearic Islands.
As another experience, several years after this I directed the nutritional survey of Jujuy province in the Andean area of Argentina, and so have direct experience of social and nutritional necessities in impoverished as well as privileged societies and communities in different parts of the world.
I am committed to defend and to promote the Mediterranean Diet. I was born in Mallorca and have family ties with Ibiza, both part of the Balearic archipelago in the Western Mediterranean area. So my commitment has deep roots.
To work in public health nutrition is not just to work within a biomedical science. It is to protect and improve our neighbours’ lives. So now I am where I always wanted to be.
Visiting professor at several universities in Europe and South America. Associate Editor of the Spanish Journal of Community Nutrition. Founding member of the Spanish Academy of Nutrition and Food Science, the Spanish Society of Community Nutrition, and the Spanish Society of Laboratory Animal Sciences. Member, the Royal Academy of Pharmacy of Catalonia, the board of the Spanish Society of Community Nutrition, and the board of the NGO Nutrition without Borders. President, the sixth congress of the Spanish Society of Community Nutrition and fourth Iberoamerican meeting of public health nutrition, held in Ibiza in 2004. Association founding member.