Maria Ruiz-Castell’s research interests range across the epidemiology and public health fields. Her work has focused on how environmental conditions (social and natural) affect the health of populations.  Over the past several years, she has contributed to the development of international projects in epidemiology and global health with fieldwork and quantitative data analyses conducted in Luxembourg, the Canadian Arctic, Spain and highland Bolivia.

She is currently the project leader of the European Health Examination Survey in Luxembourg (EHES-LUX) and European Health Interview Survey (EHIS), cross-sectional surveys examining the general health status of the population of Luxembourg. Since 2018, she is also the project leader of, a major research project funded by the Junior-Core FNR grant.

Maria Ruiz-Castell obtained her PhD and M.Sc. in Public Health from the Centre for Research in Environmental Epidemiology (CREAL) and Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona in 2012 and 2006.  Her work focused on the associations between environmental polymetallic contamination and child neurodevelopment. Following her PhD, she spent two years as a postdoctoral researcher working on the socioeconomic and psychosocial determinants of health at the Centre de Recherche du Centre Hospitalier Universitaire du Québec and Laval University (Quebec City, Canada). In 2015, she joined the LIH as a research scientist.

Research projects

• - Micronutrients, Pollutants And CardiomeTabolic health in Luxembourg (2018- 2021). Project co-funded by the National Fond of Research (FNR) under the Junior CORE program 2017 and Ministry of Higher Education and Research.
•    EHES-LUX - European Health Examination Survey in Luxembourg, 2013-2015 (since 2015). Project co-funded by the Ministry of Health and Ministry of Higher Education and Research.
•    EHIS - European Health Interview Survey, 2014 and 2019 (since 2017). Project funded by the Ministry of Health.   



Maria Ruiz-Castell, PhD

"We hope that our results
will impact on public health policies
targeting environmental conditions
and diet as a key strategy to improve
health", sa
ys Maria Ruiz-Castell,
Scientist at Public Health Research (PHR).

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