Maria da Graça Dias is health researcher at the Food and Nutrition Department (DAN) of National Institute of Health Doutor Ricardo Jorge (INSA) in Lisbon, Portugal. She is Chemical Engineer and has got the PhD degree in Analytical Chemistry. She dedicated more than 25 years to food science in several techno-scientific aspects and she is involved in research concerning (1) food sampling (2) analytical methods to determination by HPLC/UV-Vis/fluorescence of carotenoids and fat soluble vitamins in food, including validation, uncertainties estimation and quality assurance systems in the scope of accreditation by ISO 17025 (3) Food composition databases, namely data production, collection systems and treatment (4) Food Indexing Systems, FoodEx1, FoodEx2, and LanguaL (5) Total Diet Studies to evaluate nutritional/ exposure state of populations. She participates in several international projects, EuroFIR - FB6 – CT-2005-513944 - European Food Information Resource Network of Excellence, EU FP6 (2005-2010), EuroFIR Nexus - FB7-KBBE-2010-4, The EuroFIR Food Platform: Further integration, refinement and exploitation for its long-term self-sustainability, EU FP7 (2010-2013), CFP/EFSA/DATEX2011/01 - Implementation of Electronic Transmission of Chemical Occurrence Data in Portugal” (2011-2013), CFP/EFSA/DCM/2011/03 - Updated food composition database for nutrient intake (2012), NP/EFSA/DCM/2012/02/02 - Pilot project on the implementation of FoodEx2 as part of the Standard Sample Description for the electronic transmission of harmonised chemical occurrence data to EFSA (2012-2013), TDSEXPOSURE - KBBE.201.2.4-02 - Total Diet Study Exposure, EU FP7 (2012-2016), NP/EFSA/DATA/2014/23 - Re-coding of the food descriptors of EFSA Chemical Occurrence Database and Food Consumption Database entries according to the FoodEx2 food classification and description system (2014).
In the near future regarding carotenoids we are particularly interested in rapid and environment friendly methods to determine them in foods, methods to evaluate bioaccessibility/bioavailability, biomarkers.