Dr. Francisco José Mardones Santander


Professor of Public Health. Pontifical Catholic University of Chile. Trustee of the DOHaD society and past-President of the Ibero-American Chapter of the DOHaD Society. Chile.


Born 23 March 1946. Obtained the title of Medical Surgeon in April 1971 at the University of Chile. He later did postgraduate studies in neonatology and public health between 1974 and 1976 in Madrid (Maternity of Santa Cristina) and London, respectively. He holds a Master of Science from the University of London (1976). He is a specialist in Public Health (residency, 1991). The year 2001 he took the Diploma in Clinical Ethics of the PUC.

He is Professor of Public Health in charge of courses at undergraduate and post-graduate degree in the School of Medicine, Pontifical Catholic University of Chile. He is Professor in charge of the Public Health course for Chemistry and pharmacy (MEB 230q-1). He is Professor in charge of the course epidemiology nutritional (3019 MSP) and of course about the early origins of disease (MSP3026) in the master's degree in epidemiology. He is also Professor in charge the course epidemiology nutritional for the master's program of nutrition (MNU 6020).

Between 1971 and 1973 was physician General of area in the service of Health South-East of Santiago, where he became the general Paediatrics.

His academic career began in the Institute of nutrition and technology of the food (INTA) of the University of Chile in 1977. In 1991 he received the hierarchy of Titular professor of the University of Chile. Since 1996 he works in the Department of Public Health, School of Medicine, Pontifical Catholic University of Chile. In 1998 assumes the position of head of this Department for two years. In the year 2008 amounts to Professor.

In addition to his academic career, he has worked in international public health. In 1991 he assumed the post of specialist in health at the World Bank (Washington, D.C.) becoming permanent employee in 1993. At the end of 1993 was hired by the Pan American Health Organization / World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO) to serve as a representative of this organization in Colombia. He resides in Bogotá these duties until June 1996 when he moved to Chile, invited to integrate into your current position.

He has researched widely in public health nutrition, as well as issues related to the demographic transition and the social security. He has been investigator of project No. 1090594: metabolic syndrome in school (foetal origin of the metabolic syndrome in Chilean school. role of l-arginine/NO route as an indicator of cardiovascular risk and Endothelial dysfunction), funded by FONDECYT, CONICYT, Chile (2009-2013). Other projects in which it participates are:
-International Maternal Weight Research Survey. International Consortium of Maternal Weight Experts (ICMWE): Principal investigator: Dr Barbara Abrams of the University of California, Berkeley. Co-investigators: Dr Lucilla Poston of King's College, London, Dr Francisco Mardones of the Pontifical University Catholic of Chile - School of medicine in Santiago, Dr. Ellen Nohr of the University of Aarhus, Denmark, and Dr Katharina Quack Loetscher of the University Hospital, Zurich, Switzerland. 2011-2012.
- Francisco Mardones. FONDECYT project co-investigator – REGULAR 1120928." "Intrauterine programming of hypoxia–and oxidative stress-induced vascular responses in placenta endothelium from IUGR and macrosomic fetuses: early evidence for epigenetic-driven vascular dysfunction" ". (Director: Paola Casanello - PUC). Duration: 2012-2016.
- Francisco Mardones. Co-investigator FONDECYT project - REGULAR 1121145. "Maternal obesity produces insulin resistance in foetal tissues involving endoplasmic reticulum stress". (Director: Marcelo Farias - PUC). Duration: 2012-2016.
-Direction of research at the school of medicine, interdepartmental research project: MicroRNAs as epigenetic markers of vascular and metabolic damage in children with metabolic syndrome. (Researcher, Division of obstetrics and Gynaecology: Dr. Paola Casanello;) Researcher, Department of public health: Dr Francisco Mardones). Duration: 10/2011 - 10 / 2013.

With respect to its publications, can designate their participation in 36 books published in Chile and abroad, as well as 49 works in the Chilean magazines and 30 in foreign. It has a large number of presentations at scientific meetings and round tables.

Belongs to several scientific societies, among others: Paediatrics Chilean, Chilean nutrition, health of Chile, International Union of Nutritional Sciences (IUNS), DOHaD Society (Developmental Origins of Health and Disease) and of the Chilean society of epidemiology.

From 2005 to 2007 he was President of the Chilean society of nutrition (www.sochinut.cl). Since 2005 is a member of the Board of Directors of the DOHaD Society (Developmental Origins of Health and Disease: www.dohadsoc.org), where he was re-elected for a further period of three years in 2008 and for four years in 2011. He was a member of the directory of the centre of Geriatrics and Gerontology of the Pontificia Universidad Católica of Chile between 2000 and 2008. In the year 2009 was Coordinator (Chairman) of the 6th World Congress of the Society DOHaD (Developmental Origins of Health and Disease) (www.dohadsoc.org) that was held in Santiago de Chile. He is currently Coordinator of the branch DOHaD society (2013) training Ibero-.

It was co-coordinator of the Committee of Biomedicine of the Academy of Sciences in the study: directory of researchers from Chile, Director: Dr. Jorge Allende (2006). He was assessor of the program of doctorate in nutrition from the University of Chile, the CNA (2010).RESIDENCY has nominated it twice for the evaluation of programmes in the field of public health. He participated in the FONIS committees for three years (2007-2009). He has been project FONIS and FONDECYT (Regular and initiation) evaluator.

He is a member of the Board of the Corporation for child nutrition (CONIN) from the year 2013.

It is a foreign corresponding member of the National Academy of Medicine of Colombia (1994). It has been and is a reviewer for several scientific journals in medicine and nutrition. It is a permanent Associate Editor of Chilean Nutrition Magazine. He is a member of the editorial board of the Magazine Journal of Developmental Origins of Health and Disease (www.dohadsoc.org) and the magazine update on nutrition (nutrition society Argentina). He is also a member of the Scientific Committee of the journal perspectives in human nutrition, school of nutrition and dietetics at the University of Antioquia, Medellín, Colombia.