Nutrition and Mental Health Group – NUTRISAM


The NUTRISAM group is an interdisciplinary group that aims to conduct epidemiological studies in the field of nutrition and mental health and investigate the relationship of nutritional factors with neurodevelopment and psychological problems in early life. The group’s work includes developing cohort studies in different population groups throughout life (pregnant women, infants, school-age children, adolescents, etc.) and intervention studies.

  • Victoria Arija Val

  • Josefa Canals Sans

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  • Group members
  • A clinical trial to evaluate the effect of theMediterranean diet on smokers lung function
  • Association of Iron Status and Intake During Pregnancy with NeuropsychologicalOutcomes in Children Aged 7 Years: The Prospective Birth Cohort Infancia y Medio Ambiente (INMA) Study
  • Consumption of free sugars and excess weight in infants A longitudinal study]
  • Differences infood consumption and nutritional intake between children with autism spectrumdisorders and typically developing children: A meta-analysis

Evaluation of food consumption in different population groups (pregnant women, infants, school-age children, adolescents).

The nutritional status and its relationship with mental health through a multidisciplinary approach (and taking into account the genetic determinants of the population, sex, physical activity, exposure to air pollutants and toxins of the home, stress, sleep habits, tobacco, alcohol, and drug use, infections and the socioeconomic environment.

Nutritional status and neurodevelopment: impact of hereditary and environmental factors on neurodevelopmental disorders.

Epidemiology of child and adolescent psychopathology.

Lifestyle intervention programs to promote mental health and well-being and prevent mental illness.


    DOI: 10.1038/s41533-019-0153-7

    DOI: 10.3390/nu11122999

    DOI: 10.1016/j.anpedi.2018.03.018

    DOI: 10.1177/1362361318794179

    Does thefortified milk with high iron dose improve the neurodevelopment of healthyinfants? Randomized controlled trial

    DOI: 10.1186/s12887-019-1679-0

    Effect of a Physical activity program on self-esteem in subjects with chronic diseases 'Pas a Pas' community intervention trial]

    DOI: 10.1016/j.aprim.2017.11.011

    Excess nutritional risk in infants and toddlers in a Spanish city

    DOI: 10.1024/0300-9831/a000530

    Food Consumption during Pregnancy and Post-Partum ECLIPSESStudy

    DOI: 10.3390/nu11102447

    Gastronomy and nutrition in Catalonia

    DOI: 10.20960/nh.02699

    Mental performance in 8-year-old children fed reduced protein content formula during the 1st year of life: safety analysis of a randomised clinical trial

    DOI: 10.1017/S0007114515000768

    Physical Activity and Health-Related Quality of Life in Adults: The “Pas a Pas” Community Intervention Programme

    Prevalence of Anemia in Children from Latin America and the Caribbean and Effectiveness of Nutritional Interventions: Systematic Review and Meta⁻Analysis.

    DOI: 10.3390/nu11010183

    Prevalence of DSM-5 anxiety disorders, comorbidity, and persistence of symptoms in Spanish early adolescents.

    DOI: 10.1007/s00787-018-1207-z

    Review and meta-analysis found that prenatal folic acid was associated with a 58% reduction in autism but had no effect on mental and motor development.

    DOI: 10.1111/apa.14657

    Suicidality in a Community Sample of Early Adolescents: A Three-Phase Follow-Up Study.

    DOI: 10.1080/13811118.2019.1588816

    The Association of Mediterranean Diet during Pregnancy with Longitudinal Body Mass Index Trajectories and Cardiometabolic Risk in Early Childhood.

    DOI: 10.1016/j.jpeds.2018.10.005

    The effect of prenatal smoke exposure on child neuropsychological function: a prospective mother–child cohort study.

    DOI: 10.1080/02646838.2019.1580350

    The Effectiveness of Different Doses of Iron Supplementation and the Prenatal Determinants of Maternal Iron Status in Pregnant Spanish Women: ECLIPSES Study.

    DOI: 10.3390/nu11102418

    The role of maternal emotional states during pregnancy and early infancy on infant cortisol levels: A prospective study.

    Validation of a shortfood frequency questionnaire in small children]

    DOI: 10.20960/nh.02670

    Vitamina D durante el embarazo y neurodesarrollo del niño: revisión sistemática/ Vitamin D During Pregnancy and Neurodevelopment of the Child: Systematic Review.

    Zinc Intake and Status and Risk of Type 2 DiabetesMellitus: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis

    DOI: 10.3390/nu11051027

    Comparing eating behaviours, and symptoms of depression and anxiety between Spain and Greece during the COVID‐19 outbreak: Cross‐sectional analysis of two different confinement strategies

    Papandreou CH, Arija V, Aretouli E, Tsilidis CK, Bulló M
    Eur Eat Disord Rev. 2020 Aug 4 : 10.1002/erv.2772
    DOI: 10.1002/erv.2772


    Vitamin D status during pregnancy and offspring outcomes: a systematic review and meta-analysis of observational studies

    Tous M, Villalobos M, Iglesias L, Fernández-Barrés S, Arija V.
    Eur J Clin Nutr. 2020 Jan;74(1):36-53.
    DOI: 10.1038/s41430-018-0373-x


    Association between Iron Status and Incident Type 2 Diabetes: A Population-Based Cohort Study

    Díaz-López A, Iglesias-Vázquez L, Pallejà-Millán M, Rey Reñones C, Flores Mateo G, Arija V.
    Nutrients. 2020 Oct 23;12(11):3249.
    DOI: 10.3390/nu12113249

    Nutrient Intake during Pregnancy and Post-Partum: ECLIPSES Study

    Aparicio E, Jardí C, Bedmar C, Pallejà M, Basora J, Arija V, The Eclipses Study Group.
    Nutrients. 2020 May 7;12(5):1325.
    DOI: 10.3390/nu12051325


    Suicidality in a Community Sample of Early Adolescents: A Three-Phase Follow-Up Study

    Voltas N, Hernández-Martínez C, Arija V, Canals J.
    Arch Suicide Res. 2020;24(sup2):S217-S235.
    DOI: 10.1080/13811118.2019.1588816

    The effect of prenatal smoke exposure on child neuropsychological function: a prospective mother-child cohort study

    Roigé-Castellví J, Murphy M, Hernández-Martínez C, Solé-Navais P, Cavallé-Busquets P, Fernández-Ballart J, Ballesteros M, Canals J.
    J Reprod Infant Psychol. 2020 Feb;38(1):25-37.
    DOI: 10.1080/02646838.2019.1580350


    [Validation of a short food frequency questionnaire in small children]

    Esteban-Figuerola P, Jardí C, Canals J, Arija Val V.
    Nutr Hosp. 2020 Feb 17;37(1):101-113. Spanish.
    DOI: 10.20960/nh.02670

  • Title: PI17/01754 Efecto de los factores prenatales maternos sobre el neurodesarrollo del niño.

    Funding entity: Instituto Carlos III

    Duration: 2018 – 2022

    Principal Investigator: Victoria Arija Val

Team Members

  • Group members

    • Victoria Arija Val
    • Josefa Canals Sans
  • Postdoctoral researcher

    • Carmen Hernández Martínez
    • Estefanía Aparicio
    • Núria Aranda Pons
    • Cristina Bedmar Carretero
    • Núria Voltas Moreso
    • Cristina Jardí Piñana
    • Paula Morales
  • PhD student

    • Lucía Iglesias Vázquez
    • Patricia Esteban Figuerola