Simon Barquera

National Institute of Public Health Mexico. Mexico.


Dr. Simón Barquera is a MD (‘94) (UAM, Mexico City), with graduate MS (‘96) and PhD (‘05)
degrees in Nutrition Epidemiology (Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy, Tufts
University, Boston).

As of May 2017, he is the Nutrition and Health Research Center Director at Mexico’s National
Institute of Public Health, where he also leads the Obesity, Diabetes and Cardiovascular Disease
research line (2015-).

He has been a consultant for WHO, PAHO, UNICEF and the IAEA in the fields of nutrition,
obesity and chronic diseases. He has published more than 251 research papers and chapters,
and has 6,265 citations to his work. He is associate editor of Public Health Nutrition and editorial
board member of Global Health Epidemiology and Genomics. Dr. Barquera is co-researcher of
the Mexican Health and Nutrition Surveys (1999-2016), member of the Ministry of Health Chronic
Diseases advisory board, the PAHO Expert Group on sodium reduction, the World Obesity
Federation Scientific Advisory Board and fellow of the Obesity Society.

Dr. Barquera has been recognized as top-level National Researcher by Mexico’s National
Council of Science and Technology, fellow of the Mexican National Academy of Medicine and
the Mexican Academy of Sciences. Among many other distinctions, he has received the PAHO
Fred L. Soper Award for Excellence in Health Literature (2003), the Tufts University Nutrition
Impact Award (2016), the UAM Distinguished Alumni Award (2016) and the 11th Michael and
Susan Dell Lectureship Award in Child Health (2017).