Júlia Galhardo is a paediatric diabetologist and endocrinologist at the Paediatric Endocrinology and Diabetes Unit, Hospital de Dona Estefânia – Central Lisbon University Hospital Centre and Lisbon Medical Sciences Faculty, Nova Medical School, Lisbon, Portugal. She obtained her PhD in diabetes, obesity and metabolism from the University of Bristol, UK.
One of Profeessor Galhardo’s long-term research interests is childhood obesity. As long ago as 2011, based on research she undertook in the Department of Clinical Sciences, Institute of Child Life and Health, University of Bristol, she reported that “the timing of food intake affects our weight. Eating fast meals promotes excessive weight gain.” Her clinical and research interests also include the cardiometabolic effect of sugar-sweetened beverages, reduction of obesity in children, use of continuous glucose monitoring and glucose variability in very young children with type 1 diabetes. She has a special interest in insulin resistance in children and adolescents with type 1 diabetes.
She is a reviewer for a range of journals, including Diabetology and Metabolic Syndrome, and is a mbmer of the eidotrial board of Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism. She has also contributed to a training manual to support healthcare and education professionals working with young people with type 1 diabetes in Portugal. She teaches on the Master’s in clinical nutrition offered by the Lisbon School of Health Technology.
In 2011, she was awarded the Henning Andersen Prize by the European Society of Paediatric Endocrinology.