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Gabriela Montenegro Bethancourt

Country of origin: Guatemala Currently in: Guatemala, Guatemala General field of specialization: Medical and Health Sciences incl Neurosciences
Academic Background


2015 Doctorate Medical and Health Sciences incl Neurosciences
Research and Profession

Current Research Activities

Medical and Health Sciences incl Neurosciences

Nutrition in the 1000 days of life. Child malnutrition. Dietary intake. Association of determinants that affect growth and development of children and adolsescents.

Publications resulting from Research: 

1. Bonilla K, Romero-Oliva CS, Arrechea S, Ortiz Osejo NY, Mazariegos S, Alonzo M, Orellana-Corrales G, Del Valle AC, Montenegro-Bethancourt G. Engaging the Guatemala Scientific Diaspora: The Power of Networking and Shared Learning. Front Res Metr Anal. 2022 Jun 8;7:897670. doi: 10.3389/frma.2022.897670. PMID: 35755144; PMCID: PMC9215311.
2. Wallace TC, Rohloff P, Jimenez EY, Proaño GV, Montenegro-Bethancourt G, McCabe GP, Steiber A. Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Nutrition Research Network: The Saqmolo' Project Rationale and Study Protocol for a Randomized Controlled Trial Examining the Influence of Daily Complementary Feeding of Eggs on Infant Development and Growth in Guatemala. J Acad Nutr Diet. 2022; 122(2):432-444. doi: 10.1016/j.jand.2021.03.015. PMID: 33962902
3. Porras AM, Shi Q, Zhou H, Callahan R, Montenegro-Bethancourt G, Solomons N, Brito IL. Geographic differences in gut microbiota composition impact susceptibility to enteric infection. Cell Rep. 2021;36(4):109457. doi: 10.1016/j.celrep.2021.109457. PMID: 34320343; PMCID: PMC8333197.
4. Vossenaar M, Hernández L, Montenegro-Bethancourt G, Soto-Méndez MJ, Bermudez OI, Solomons NW. The Nutritional Contribution of Foods and Beverages Provided by Government- Sponsored Day Care Centers in Guatemala. Food Nutr Bull. 2015 36 (3) 299- 314. PMID: 26385951.
5. Montenegro-Bethancourt G, Johner SA, Stehle P, Remer T. Dietary ratio of animal to plant protein is associated with 24-h urinary iodine excretion in healthy schoolchildren. Br J Nutr Br J Nutr. 2015; 114(1):24-33. doi: 10.1017/S0007114515001567 PMID 26059089
6. Montenegro-Bethancourt G, Johner SA, Stehle P, Neubert A, Remer T. Iodine status assessment in children: spot urine iodine concentration reasonably reflects true twenty-four- hour iodine excretion only when scaled to creatinine. Thyroid 2015 25(6):688-97. PMID 25781006.
7. Remer T, Montenegro-Bethancourt G, Shi L. Long-term urine biobanking: Storage stability of clinical chemical parameters under moderate freezing conditions without use of preservatives. Clin Biochem. 2014; 47(18):307-11. PubMed PMID: 25239781
8. Chomat AM, Solomons NW, Montenegro G, Crowley C, Bermudez OI. Maternal health and health-seeking behaviors among indigenous Mam mothers from Quetzaltenango, Guatemala. Rev Panam Salud Publica. 2014 Feb; 35(2):113-20. PubMed PMID: 24781092.
9. Montenegro-Bethancourt G, Johner SA, Remer T. Contribution of fruit and vegetable intake to hydration status in schoolchildren. Am J Clin Nutr. 2013; 98(4):1103-12. PubMed PMID: 23966431
10. van Beusekom I, Vossenaar M, Montenegro-Bethancourt G, Doak CM, Solomons NW. Estimates of exclusive breastfeeding rates among mother-infant dyads in Quetzaltenango, Guatemala, vary according to interview method and time frame. Food Nutr Bull. 2013; 34 (2):160- PubMed PMID: 23964389.
11. Duffy TL, Montenegro-Bethancourt G, Solomons NW, Belosevic M, Clandinin MT. Prevalence of giardiasis in children attending semi-urban daycare centres in Guatemala and comparison of 3 giardia detection tests. J Health Popul Nutr. 2013; 31(2):290-3. PubMed PMID: 23930348; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC3702351.
12. Crowley C, Montenegro-Bethancourt G, Solomons NW, Schűmann K. Validity and correspondence of non-invasively determined hemoglobin concentrations by two trans- cutaneous digital measuring devices. Asia Pac J Clin Nutr. 2012; 21(2):191-200. PubMed PMID: 22507604.
13. Makkes S, Montenegro-Bethancourt G, Groeneveld IF, Doak CM, Solomons NW. Beverage consumption and anthropometric outcomes among schoolchildren in Guatemala. Matern Child Nutr. 2011; 7(4):410-20. PubMed PMID: 21902808.
14. Sud SR, Montenegro-Bethancourt G, Bermúdez OI, Heaney RP, Armas L, Solomons NW. Older Mayan residents of the western highlands of Guatemala lack sufficient levels of vitamin D. Nutr Res. 2010; 30(11):739-46. PubMed PMID: 21130292.
15. Vossenaar M, Sinak C, Montenegro-Bethancourt G, Bermudez OI, Groeneveld I, Doak CM, Solomons NW. Concordance with selected population recommendations for cancer preventionamong third- and fourth-grade schoolchildren in Quetzaltenango, Guatemala. Food Nutr Bull. 2010; 31(2):181-92. PubMed PMID: 20707224.
16. Montenegro-Bethancourt G, Vossenaar M, Doak CM, Solomons NW. Contribution of beverages to energy, macronutrient and micronutrient intake of third- and fourth-grade schoolchildren in Quetzaltenango, Guatemala. Matern Child Nutr. 2010; 6(2):174-89. PubMed PMID: 20624213.
17. Montenegro-Bethancourt G, Vossenaar M, Doak CM, Solomons NW. Total daily water intake in Guatemalan children. Food Nutr Bull. 2009;30(4):340-50. PubMed PMID: 20496624.
18. Bermudez OI, Toher C, Montenegro-Bethancourt G, Vossenaar M, Mathias P, Doak C, Solomons NW. Dietary intakes and food sources of fat and fatty acids in Guatemalan schoolchildren: a cross-sectional study. Nutr J. 2010; 23; 9:20. PubMed PMID: 20416064
19. Campos R, Montenegro-Bethancourt G, Vossenaar M, Doak CM, Solomons NW. Volume, frequency and participation in plain drinking water consumption by third and fourth-grade schoolchildren in Quetzaltenango, Guatemala. Asia Pac J Clin Nutr. 2009;18(2):164-70. PubMed PMID: 19713174.
20. Montenegro-Bethancourt G, Vossenaar M, Kuijper LD, Doak CM, Solomons NW. Ready-to- eat cereals are key sources of selected micronutrients among schoolchildren from public and private elementary schools in Quetzaltenango, Guatemala. Nutr Res. 2009;29(5):335-42. PubMed PMID: 19555815.
21. Montenegro-Bethancourt G, Doak CM, Solomons N. Fruit and vegetable intake of schoolchildren in Quetzaltenango, Guatemala. Rev Panam Salud Publica. 2009; 25(2):146- 56. PubMed PMID: 19531310.
22. Vossenaar M, Montenegro-Bethancourt G, Kuijper LD, Doak CM, Solomons NW. Distribution of macro- and micronutrient intakes in relation to the meal pattern of third- and fourth-grade schoolchildren in the city of Quetzaltenango, Guatemala. Public Health Nutr. 2009;12(9):1330-42. PubMed PMID: 19063763.
23. Solomons NW, Montenegro-Bethancourt G, Vásquez C, Vossenaar M, Doak C. Concordance with the New American Plate guidelines of the American Institute for Cancer Research in Guatemalan children. Nutrition. 2009; 25(4):385-91. PubMed PMID: 19062256.

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Prizes, Grants and Awards

Other Awards

Mar 2023
OWSD-Elsevier Foundation Awards for Early-Career Women Scientists in the Developing World
This award recognize the achievements of researchers who have made significant contributions to the advancement of scientific knowledge. The program represents a longstanding partnership between the Organization for Women in Science for the Developing World (OWSD) and the Elsevier Foundation. The 2023 aims to recognize the contribution in food security, agricultural productivity and/or sustainable food production and to achieving the SDG2 Zero Hunger.

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