Catarina Durão graduated in Nutrition Sciences at the Faculty of Nutrition and Food Sciences of University of Porto, in 1995. In 2004, she received her MSc in Food Technology/Quality at the Faculty of Science and Technology of the NOVA University of Lisbon. In 2016, she concluded the PhD in Public Health at the University of Porto Medical School.
She is Invited Assistant Professor of Health Communication to the Degree Nutrition Sciences at NOVA Medical School of the NOVA University of Lisbon and is Appointed Member of the National Commission for Maternal, Childhood and Adolescence Health, an Advisory Body of the Directorate-General for Health. She also works as clinical nutritionist at the Hospital CUF Infante Santo at the Lifestyle Medicine Unit of José de Mello Saúde by NOVA Medical School.
She is PhD Integrated Member of the Nutrition and Obesity Epidemiology Research Group of the Epidemiology Research Unit (EPIUnit) at the Institute of Public Health of the University of Porto. Her major research interests are focused on determinants of dietary habits, overweight and obesity during early childhood. She is also interest in assessing exposure to food additives and contaminants from food processing and packaging, and in evaluating their effects on adiposity and cognitive function from childhood to adolescence.