Renata Micha
Research Associate Professor


Dr. Micha is an Associate Research Professor at the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy. She is trained as a clinical dietitian, public health nutritionist, and epidemiologist and has expertise in nutritional and chronic disease epidemiology - mainly diet assessment and modeling of impacts on cardiometabolic health - and in nutrition/ health policy. Dr. Micha has particular interest and experience in global dietary assessment among various population subgroups, identifying causal diet-disease relationships, quantifying and modeling the impact of dietary habits on cardiometabolic disease outcomes, and evaluating the comparative- and cost- effectiveness of nutrition-sensitive population interventions to address these disease burdens and prevent cardiometabolic disease.

Dr. Micha played a central role in the 2010 Global Burden of Diseases Study Nutrition and Chronic Diseases Expert Group (NutriCoDE) aiming to characterize diet and impacts on non-communicable disease burden in all countries worldwide, and is a co-investigator of current iterations of the Global Dietary Database Initiative.  She was instrumental in the design and development of the Hellenic National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (H-NHANES), the largest surveillance survey of its kind to ever take place in Greece.  Dr. Micha currently leads a World Bank-funded project to assess potential utility of household budget survey datasets for assessing individual-level dietary intakes. She is the PI of a Unilever R&D grant to prospectively assess and quantify the relationship between fatty acid biomarkers and incident chronic disease outcomes in 30+ cohorts globally.  Dr. Micha is also the PI of an NIH/NHLBI R01 (R01 HL130735) “Economic Analyses of Policy Strategies to Improve Diet and Reduce CVD” that aims to evaluate the costs, cost-effectiveness, legal and political feasibility of specific evidence-based policies to improve diet and reduce cardiovascular disease in the US.  The findings will be critical to inform the planning, implementation and evaluation of evidence-based dietary strategies to achieve optimal cardiometabolic health and reduce inequities for all Americans.


Education

  • Postdoctoral Fellow, Epidemiology, School of Public Health, Harvard University
  • Ph.D., Public Health Nutrition, King’s College London, UK
  • B.S., Nutrition and Dietetics, Harokopio University of Athens, Greece

Research Activities

Ongoing Projects:

  1. PI for Economic Analyses of Policy Strategies to Improve Diet and Reduce CVD in the US, funded by NIH/NHLBI (R01 HL130735). 
  2. PI for Measuring Individual-level Consumption from Household Data, funded by the World Bank.
  3. PI for Epidemiological Research on Circulating Polyunsaturated Fatty Acids in Relation to Cardiometabolic Health within the Fatty Acids and Outcomes Research Consortium (CHARGE-FORCE consortium lead by Dean Dariush Mozaffarian), funded by Unilever. Visit the Website.
  4. Co-Investigator for the Global Dietary Database - Global Dietary Intakes and Diseases Among Children, Women, and Women (lead by Dean Dariush Mozaffarian), funded by Gates Foundation. Visit the Website
  5. Co-Investigator for Comparative-Effectiveness of Population Strategies to Improve Diet and Reduce CVD (lead by Dean Dariush Mozaffarian), funded by NIH/NHLBI (R01 HL115189).

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