Research Groups

Nutrition and the Neuroimmune system

Coordinators: Jairza Maria Barreto Medeiros and Tereza Cristina Bomfim de Jesus Deiró
CNPq registration year: 2004
This research group studies the early and late effects of poor nutrition during pregnancy and lactation. Our goal is to contribute with scientific knowledge in the following aspects: nutrition and chronic diseases, mechanisms responsible for developing diseases in adulthood, and prevention and intervention strategies against such diseases. From a general perspective, our research assists in defining prevention strategies.

Public Health and Nutrition

Coordinators: Ana Marlúcia de Oliveira and Sandra Maria Chaves dos Santos
CNPq registration year: 1987
The group has three main lines of research: (I) Health, Nutrition and Epidemiology, (II) Health, Nutrition and Public Policies, and (III) Food and Nutrition Security.
The Health, Nutrition and Epidemiology line of research has achieved notoriety for its studies on determinants of health and nutrition in urban and rural populations at local and regional level.  
This line of research delves into the fields of nutrition, infection and human growth, and epidemiology of deficiency diseases to unveil the gravity, growth rate, and incidence of infectious diseases in childhood. The Health, Nutrition and Epidemiology team also evaluates the Brazilian Unified Health System’s risk factor reduction strategies for chronic non-communicable diseases in different life stages.
Health, Nutrition and Public Policies line of research has promoted and diffused knowledge about the coverage and range of the Food and Nutrition programs implemented in the federal state of Bahia by applying the principles of food safety and public policies evaluation. 
In this vein, our researchers value the study and development of methodologies to evaluate nutrition programs and projects. The participation of graduate students and research partners from other institutions represents the opportunity to create a concrete place for fostering and training new researchers and educators in the scientific and institutionalrealms.

Food, Eating and Health

Coordinator: Rogéria Comastri de Castro Almeida
CNPq registration year: 2000
The Food, Eating and Health lines of research works in two main directions: Quality control and Food Microbiology. We are involved with the development of new methodologies for microbiological food diagnosis and control.
We also conduct studies in topics related to food and sanitary surveillance, such as: implementation of law and ordinances; processed food quality control and toxicological aspects; food preservation techniques; chemical and physical-chemical characterization of regional and new foods; and quality management in food and nutrition services.

Study and Research group in Collective CateringFoodservice – GEPAC

CNPq registration year: 2007
Coordinators: Deusdelia Teixeira de Almeida and Maria da Purificação Nazaré Araújo
Given its economic importance and purview, collective catering is a prominent field of study, especially for workers’ health improvement – several studies point this category as more nutritional imbalanced than the rest of the adult population in Brazil.
Our group stems from the association of many qualitative and quantitative projects focused on Food and Nutrition Units carried out at the School of Nutrition of the Federal University of Bahia. Our purpose is to contribute to quality improvement on food served to the population.Our team consists of national and international researchers, as well as undergraduate and graduate students and we are based at the modern Collective Catering Research Laboratory (LPAC).

Food Safety and Informal Food Trade (SACIA)      

Coordinator: Ryzia de Cassia Vieira Cardoso
CNPq registration year: 2009
The purpose of the Food Safety and Informal Food Trade research group (SACIA) is to foster interdisciplinary studies on informal food trading, encompassing a wide range of topics, striving to contribute abetter organization to the sector and its social actors.
Our current research topics are:
  • Informal food trade, food and culture;
  • Informal food trade and child labor;
  • Informal food trade and food surveillance;
  • Intervention strategies for the informal food trade.
  • Nowadays, SACIA has been involved in community-based intervention studies to support informal commodity chains – artisanal fishery, cassava culture, and other family farming activities. The purpose is to integrate themes related to solidarity economy and social sustainability.

Aging Study and Intervention Center (CEIAE)

Coordinators: Lilian Barbosa Ramos ande Anna Karla Carneiro Roriz Lopes de Souza
CNPq registration year: 2004
The Aging Study and Intervention Center (CEIAE) researches aging aspects in a multi-professional and interdisciplinary perspective, particularly in the areas of Medicine, Nutrition, Psychology, Physical Education, Physiotherapy, Social Service, and Speech-language Pathology. Our lines of research are Nutritional Biochemistry; Aging, Nutrition and Epidemiology; and Metabolic Syndrome.

Group of Gastroenterology – UFBA     

Coordinators: Raquel Rocha dos Santos and Genoile Oliveira Santana Silva
CNPq registration year: 2011
The objective of this group is to contribute to a better understanding of the Inflammatory Bowel Disease in Bahia and Brazil.
Our lines of research are:
  • Stem cells in Liver diseases;
  • Inflammatory Bowel Disease;
  • Intestinal diseases;
  • Hepatitis and Hepatotropic viruses;
  • Viral Hepatitis;
  • Nutrition;
  • Genetic Polymorphism.

Research Group in Food and Culture (NEPAC)

Coordinators: Lígia Amparo da Silva Santos and Maria do Carmo Soares de Freitas
CNPq registration year: 2006
The Research Group in Food and Culture (NEPAC) stemmed from the need to understand the body and contemporary eating, as well as aspects pertaining to health promotion, identity, culture, and their intersections with the contemporary world and modernity.
NEPAC’s lines of research are:
  • Sociocultural Aspects of Eating;
  • Informal food sector, food and culture;
  • Body, Food and Eating;
  • Nutrition Education;
  • Eating Habits and the Act of Eating;
  • Permanent Education for School Food: Methods and Models;
  • Health, Nutrition and Public Policies.