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Dr Barbara R Cardoso is a nutritional biochemist with a Masters and a PhD from the University of Sao Paulo (Brazil) and international experience attained from research appointments in Brazil and Spain. She has developed breakthrough studies that combine her skills in nutrition, clinical trials, analytical chemistry, proteomics and molecular biology to unravel the biochemistry of selenium and its implications in age-associated cognitive decline and Alzheimer’s disease. She also has an interest in investigating the intake of nuts as a dietary strategy to slow age-associated cognitive decline.   

Monash teaching commitment

Dr Barbara R Cardoso is the unit coordinator for NUT3008 - Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Nutrition; and co-coordinator for the unit NUT2104 - Nutritional Biochemistry in the Nutrition Science course. 

Supervision interests

Dr Barbara Cardoso is interested in supervising Honours and HDR students interested in investigating the biochemistry of selenium and the health effects of nut consumption.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being

Education/Academic qualification

Science / Nutrition, PhD, Effects of Brazil nut intake, the main selenium food source, on cognition, oxidative stress and selenium status in patients with mild cognitive impairment (MCI) and its association with polymorphisms in selenoprotein genes, Universidade de Sao Paulo (University of Sao Paulo)

Award Date: 10 Sept 2014

Nutrition, Bachelor degree, Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina (Federal University of Santa Catarina)

Award Date: 13 Apr 2013

Human Applied Nutrition, Master's, Selenium status of Alzheimer’s disease patients and its relation with Pro198Leu polymorphism on glutathione peroxidase 1 gene, Universidade de Sao Paulo (University of Sao Paulo)

Award Date: 30 Jun 2009

Clinical nutrition, Post-graduate course, Universidade Cruzeiro do Sul (Cruzeiro do Sul University)

Award Date: 20 Dec 2008

External positions

Honorary Appointment, Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health (FINMH) (Victoria)


Research area keywords

  • selenium
  • age-associated cognitive decline
  • dementia
  • minerals
  • Micronutrient

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