Dr. Marisol Warthon-Medina

Project Co-ordinator

School of Sport and Wellbeing

Darwin Building, DB329.

+44 (0) 1772 89 3751

Dr Marisol Warthon-Medina RNutr (Public Health), AFHEA, PhD. 

Full Profile

Dr Marisol Warthon-Medina is a Post-Doctoral Researcher working as Project Co-ordinator for The Network for the Biology of Zinc (Zinc-Net). Zinc-Net is funded by the European Cooperation in Science and Technology COST Action TD1304, and was set up to build a multidisciplinary platform of all professionals interested in zinc micronutrient. Marisol is based at the University Of Central Lancashire (UCLAN), at the International Institute of Nutritional Sciences and Applied Food Safety Studies (iINSAFSs), Division of Sport, Exercise and Nutritional Sciences (SENS), School of Sport and Wellbeing, College of Health and Wellbeing. 

Dr Marisol Warthon-Medina worked as a Research assistant for the Network of Excellence EURRECA (EURopean micronutrient RECommendations Aligned) EU Framework 6 funded by the European Commission, which was set up to develop methodologies to standardise the process of setting micronutrient recommendations across Europe. 

She has developed her experience from Veterinary research into Human Nutrition and Public Health, since winning a scholarship to pursue studies in the UK, she has worked in London as a theory leader in the management of childhood obesity (MEND), as a dietetic assistant volunteer at Guy’s and St Thomas Hospital and as a scholar for the Arthritic Action. 

Her expertise is in micronutrient research and nutrition in vulnerable populations. Her PhD research investigated “Zinc intake-status-health relationships and the impact of multiple micronutrient supplementation on cognitive function in Peruvian pre-school children”.

Her MSc research looked into the “Nutritional status among the elderly in a London residential home compared with current guidelines”. Her BSc interest investigated the “Comparison of food portion sizes 1988 vs 2008 in the UK”, researching the average food portion sizes between 1988 (Food Standards Agency Portion sizes handbook) and 2008 for commonly consumed foods in the UK. Her interest in nutrition in children, pregnant and lactating women, adults and elderly started since she volunteered for both Peruvian and British Red Cross and grew through her Post Graduate studies and research activities that motivated her to accomplish a PhD degree at the University of Central Lancashire and plan to follow up the research in child health, development and micronutrient deficiencies in the developing world for the advancement of nutrition research.


  • PhD Nutritional Sciences, University of Central Lancashire, UK, 2010-2013, Award 2014
  • MSc Human Nutrition & Public Health with Sports, London Metropolitan University, UK, 2007-2008
  • BSc(Hons) Human Nutrition, London Metropolitan University, UK, 2005-2007
  • BSc(Hons) Veterinary Medicine, Hermilio Valdizan National University, Huanuco, Peru, 1995-2000, Award 2003 

  • Associate Fellow of The Higher Education Academy (HEA) Ref. PR062247
  • Registered Nutritionist (RNutr) Public Health. Registration N°2721- Membership N°00978046
  • Nutrition Society - Membership N°1478664
  • The British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences- Registration N° 103221
  • Member of the National Registry of the Veterinaries’ Association in and for the Department of Lima, Peru Registration Nº 4729
  • Member of the Arthritic Action Nº26938


Warthon-Medina, M.; Moran, V.H.; Stammers, A.L.; Dillon, S.; Qualter, P.; Nissensohn, M.; Serra-Majem, L.; Lowe, N.M. Zinc intake, status and indices of cognitive function in adults and children: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Eur J Clin Nutr 2015, 69, 649-661. doi: 10.1038/ejcn.2015.60.

Stammers AL, Lowe NM, Medina MW, Patel S, Dykes F, Perez-Rodrigo C, et al. The relationship between zinc intake and growth in children aged 1-8 years: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Eur J Clin Nutr. 2015 Feb;69(2):147-153. doi: 10.1038/ejcn.2014.204.

Lowe, N. M., Medina, M. W., Stammers, A.-L., Patel, S., Souverein, O. W., Dullemeijer, C., Serra-Majem, L., Nissensohn, M. & Hall Moran, V. 2012. The relationship between zinc intake and serum/plasma zinc concentration in adults: a systematic review and dose–response meta-analysis by the EURRECA Network. British Journal of Nutrition, 108, 1962-1971.

Moran, V. H., Stammers, A.-L., Medina, M. W., Patel, S., Dykes, F., Souverein, O. W., Dullemeijer, C., Pérez-Rodrigo, C., Serra-Majem, L., Nissensohn, M. & Lowe, N. M. 2012. The Relationship between Zinc Intake and Serum/Plasma Zinc Concentration in Children: A Systematic Review and Dose-Response Meta-Analysis. Nutrients, 4, 841-858.


Research Activities

  • Micronutrient deficiencies and malnutrition in developing countries,
  • Child Health, development and cognition,
  • Overnutrition and related diseases, diabetes, coronary heart disease and cancer in developed countries,
  • Epidemiology and Nutritional Assessment.

Research Group

iINSAFSs Member