María Morales Suárez-Varela | Epidemiology | Best Researcher Award

 Prof Dr.María Morales Suárez-Varela| Power Systems | Best Researcher Award

Maria Manuela Morales Suarez-Varela is a distinguished Professor of Preventive Medicine and Public Health at the University of Valencia, specializing in epidemiology and public health. Born on October 26, 1958, she holds extensive academic and research credentials, including a Scopus Author ID (7007145328) and ORCID ID (0000-0003-0785-1492). Since October 29, 2011, she has been serving as a Catedrático at the Faculty of Pharmacy, where she directs theses and conducts significant research. Her expertise spans preventive medicine, public health, and food science, contributing to numerous publications and advancements in her field.



  • Optimal allocation of distributed generations using hybrid technique with fuzzy logic controller radial distribution system
    • Authors: RK Samala, MR Kotapuri
    • Journal: SN Applied Sciences
    • Volume: 2
    • Issue: 2
    • Article: 191
    • Year: 2020
    • Citations: 48


  • Optimal allocation of multiple photo-voltaic and/or wind-turbine based distributed generations in radial distribution system using hybrid technique with fuzzy logic controller
    • Authors: RK Samala, K Mercy Rosalina
    • Journal: Journal of Electrical Engineering & Technology
    • Volume: 16
    • Issue: 1
    • Pages: 101-113
    • Year: 2021
    • Citations: 15


  • Optimal DG sizing and siting in radial system using hybridization of GSA and Firefly algorithms
    • Author: RK Samala
    • Journal: Majlesi Journal of Energy Management
    • Volume: 7
    • Issue: 1
    • Year: 2018
    • Citations: 15


  • Distributed generation allocation in distribution system using particle swarm optimization based ant-lion optimization
    • Authors: RK Samala, MR Kotapuri
    • Journal: International Journal of Control and Automation
    • Volume: 13
    • Issue: 1
    • Pages: 414-426
    • Year: 2020
    • Citations: 9


  • Model Predictive Control for Modeling Human Gait Motions Assisted by Vicon Technology
    • Authors: VT Minh, M Tamre, V Musalimov, P Kovalenko, I Rubinshtein, RK Samala
    • Journal: Journal Européen des Systèmes Automatisés
    • Volume: 53
    • Issue: 5
    • Year: 2020
    • Citations: 6


  • Power loss reduction using distributed generation
    • Authors: R Samala, M Kotapuri
    • Journal: Modelling, Measurement and Control A
    • Volume: 91
    • Issue: 104
    • Year: 2018
    • Citations: 6


  • Distributed generation in distribution system for power quality enhancement
    • Authors: RK Samala, MR Kotapuri
    • Journal: International Journal of Engineering & Technology
    • Volume: 7
    • Issue: 4
    • Pages: 24
    • Year: 2018
    • Citations: 5


  • Multi distributed generation placement using ant-lion optimization
    • Authors: RK Samala, MR Kotapuri
    • Journal: European Journal of Electrical Engineering
    • Volume: 5
    • Issue: 6
    • Pages: 253-267
    • Year: 2017
    • Citations: 5


  • Load flow analysis of a 9-bus system using BFSLF algorithm
    • Authors: GK Babu, RK Samala
    • Journal: International Journal of Electronics and Communication Engineering (IJECE)
    • Volume: 4
    • Year: 2015
    • Citations: 5


  • Network and generator constrained economic dispatch using real and binary coded genetic algorithms
    • Authors: GK Babu, RK Samala
    • Journal: International Journal of Emerging Technologies and Advanced Engineering
    • Volume: 3
    • Pages: 1185-1192
    • Year: 2013
    • Citations: 4

Isabel Peraita-Costa | Epidemiology | Young Scientist Award

Dr. Isabel Peraita-Costa | Epidemiology | Young Scientist Award

Dr. Isabel Peraita is a seasoned researcher and educator specializing in biomedical sciences, with a robust background in epidemiology, public health, and environmental toxicology. Currently, Dr. Peraita holds dual positions as a Profesor Asociado at Universidad Católica de Valencia San Vicente Mártir and a Post-Doctoral Researcher at Consorcio Centro de Investigación Biomédica en Red-Epidemiología y Salud Pública (CIBERESP), demonstrating a commitment to both teaching and cutting-edge research.



Current Professional Roles

Profesor Asociado, Universidad Católica de Valencia San Vicente Mártir, Department of Ciencias Biomédicas, Facultad de Medicina y Ciencias de la Salud (Part-time, Permanent Contract, since January 2024). Post-Doctoral Researcher, CIBERESP, Facultad de Farmacia y Ciencias de la Alimentación, Universitat de València (Full-time, since September 2022)

Previous Professional Experience

Dr. Peraita’s professional journey includes significant roles such as:

  • Autonomous Worker at Fundación Pública para la Investigación de Málaga en Biomedicina y Salud across multiple short-term projects (2017-2023)
  • Senior Researcher (Titulado Superior) at CIBERESP (2018-2022), focusing on pre-doctoral research
  • Non-Doctoral Researcher at Universitat de València (2017)


Dr. Peraita’s academic credentials are extensive:

Doctorate in Environmental Contamination, Toxicology, and Health, Universitat de València (2022). Máster in Epidemiology and Public Health, Universidad Internacional de Valencia (2023). Máster in Environmental Contamination, Toxicology, and Health, Universitat de València (2016). Bachelor’s Degree in Chemistry, Universidad Complutense de Madrid (2015)

🔬Research Contributions

Dr. Peraita has significantly contributed to various high-impact research projects funded through competitive public calls, including:

  • Identification of risk factors in colorectal cancer survivors (Instituto de Investigación Biomédica de Málaga, 2019-2021)
  • Multicentric study on adverse outcomes in colorectal cancer patients (Instituto de Investigación Biomédica de Málaga, 2014-2016)

She has also engaged in non-competitive R&D projects focusing on pediatric nutrition, neonatal health, and femoral implant evaluations, working under the leadership of prominent investigators such as Maria Morales Suarez-Varela and Maximino Redondo Bautista.

👨‍🏫Teaching Experience

Dr. Peraita is actively involved in teaching, currently instructing courses in Organic Chemistry as part of the Double Degree in Physical Activity and Sports Sciences – Human Nutrition and Dietetics at Universidad Católica de Valencia San Vicente Mártir.

Scientific Production and Recognition

With an H-index of 8 on WOS and SCOPUS and 10 on Google Scholar (as of February 2024), Dr. Peraita’s research is widely recognized and cited within the scientific community, reflecting her substantial contributions to the field of biomedical sciences.

Publications Top Notes 📝

  • Intermittent fasting and the possible benefits in obesity, diabetes, and multiple sclerosis: a systematic review of randomized clinical trials
    • Authors: M. Morales-Suárez-Varela, E. Collado Sanchez, I. Peraita-Costa, …
    • Journal: Nutrients
    • Volume: 13
    • Issue: 9
    • Article Number: 3179
    • Year: 2021
    • Citations: 64
    • This systematic review explores the benefits of intermittent fasting on obesity, diabetes, and multiple sclerosis through randomized clinical trials.


  • Maternal physical activity during pregnancy and the effect on the mother and newborn: a systematic review
    • Authors: M. Morales-Suárez-Varela, E. Clemente-Bosch, I. Peraita-Costa, …
    • Journal: Journal of Physical Activity and Health
    • Volume: 18
    • Issue: 1
    • Pages: 130-147
    • Year: 2020
    • Citations: 47
    • This review examines the impact of maternal physical activity during pregnancy on both maternal and newborn health.


  • Systematic review of the association between particulate matter exposure and autism spectrum disorders
    • Authors: M. Morales-Suárez-Varela, I. Peraita-Costa, A. Llopis-Gonzalez
    • Journal: Environmental Research
    • Volume: 153
    • Pages: 150-160
    • Year: 2017
    • Citations: 42
    • This systematic review investigates the potential link between exposure to particulate matter and the development of autism spectrum disorders.


  • Randomized prospective study in patients with complex regional pain syndrome of the upper limb with high-frequency spinal cord stimulation (10-kHz) and low-frequency spinal cord stimulation
    • Authors: A. Canós-Verdecho, D. Abejón, R. Robledo, R. Izquierdo, A. Bermejo, …
    • Journal: Neuromodulation: Technology at the Neural Interface
    • Volume: 24
    • Issue: 3
    • Pages: 448-458
    • Year: 2021
    • Citations: 23
    • This study evaluates the effectiveness of high-frequency (10-kHz) versus low-frequency spinal cord stimulation in patients with complex regional pain syndrome of the upper limb.


  • Prevalencia de hipertensión arterial y su asociación con antropometría y dieta en niños (de seis a nueve años): estudio ANIVA
    • Authors: M. Morales-Suárez-Varela, M. Mohino-Chocano, C. Soler, A. Llopis-Morales, …
    • Journal: Nutrición Hospitalaria
    • Volume: 36
    • Issue: 1
    • Pages: 133-141
    • Year: 2019
    • Citations: 19
    • This article studies the prevalence of hypertension and its association with anthropometric measures and diet in children aged six to nine years.


  • Vitamin D-related risk factors for maternal morbidity during pregnancy: a systematic review
    • Authors: M.M. Suárez-Varela, N. Uçar, I. Peraita-Costa, M.F. Huertas, J.M. Soriano, …
    • Journal: Nutrients
    • Volume: 14
    • Issue: 15
    • Year: 2022
    • Citations: 18
    • This review discusses how vitamin D levels influence maternal health and morbidity during pregnancy.


  • Endocrine disruptors and autism spectrum disorder in pregnancy: A review and evaluation of the quality of the epidemiological evidence
    • Authors: S. Marí-Bauset, C. Donat-Vargas, A. Llópis-González, A. Marí-Sanchis, …
    • Journal: Children
    • Volume: 5
    • Issue: 12
    • Article Number: 157
    • Year: 2018
    • Citations: 17
    • This review evaluates the epidemiological evidence linking endocrine disruptors during pregnancy to autism spectrum disorders in offspring.


  • How 25 (OH) D levels during pregnancy affect prevalence of autism in children: systematic review
    • Authors: N. Uçar, W.B. Grant, I. Peraita-Costa, M. Morales Suarez-Varela
    • Journal: Nutrients
    • Volume: 12
    • Issue: 8
    • Article Number: 2311
    • Year: 2020
    • Citations: 15
    • This review explores the relationship between maternal vitamin D levels during pregnancy and the prevalence of autism in children.


  • Risk of gestational diabetes due to maternal and partner smoking
    • Authors: M. Morales-Suárez-Varela, I. Peraita-Costa, A. Perales-Marín, …
    • Journal: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
    • Volume: 19
    • Issue: 2
    • Article Number: 925
    • Year: 2022
    • Citations: 12
    • This study investigates the impact of maternal and partner smoking on the risk of gestational diabetes.


  • Actigraphic sleep and dietary macronutrient intake in children aged 6–9 years old: A pilot study
    • Authors: S. Coronado Ferrer, I. Peraita-Costa, A. Llopis-Morales, Y. Picó, J.M. Soriano, …
    • Journal: Nutrients
    • Volume: 11
    • Issue: 11
    • Article Number: 2568
    • Year: 2019
    • Citations: 11
    • This pilot study examines the relationship between sleep patterns and dietary macronutrient intake in children.

Mavis Boakye-Yiadom | clinical research | Best Researcher Award

Dr. Mavis Boakye-Yiadom | clinical research | Best Researcher Award

 Dr. Centre for Plant Medicine Research, Ghana


A dedicated herbal medicine practitioner and researcher with extensive experience in clinical pharmacology and traditional medicine. Holds a Ph.D. in Clinical Pharmacology from Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, focusing on psychometric measures of dyspepsia patients. Also, possesses an M.Sc. in Chinese Materia Medica and a B.Sc. in Herbal Medicine. Currently, serving as Resident Medical Herbalist and Head of Department at the Centre for Plant Medicine Research, with a track record of regulatory and teaching roles. Actively contributes to advisory committees and holds memberships in various professional bodies, demonstrating a commitment to advancing herbal medicine and healthcare quality.





Educational Qualification 🎓

Doctor of Philosophy (Clinical Pharmacology)Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Ghana (08/2015 – 09/2021)Research focus: Psychometric measures of patients presenting with Dyspepsia at the Centre for Plant Medicine Research Clinic, Mampong-Akuapem, Eastern Region, Ghana Masters in Chinese Materia Medica (Natural Product Chemistry)Tianjin University of Traditional Chinese Medicine, China (09/2009 – 06/2012)Research focus: Isolation of chemical constituents and rapid profiling of PhGs from the rhizomes of Cistanche deserticola Y. C. Ma based on modern analytical chemistry methods Bachelor of Science (Honors) Herbal Medicine Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Ghana (08/2001 – 06/2005)Research focus: Management of Infertility in Agrata Herbal Centre Senior Secondary Certificate Examination, Elective ScienceSt. Louis Secondary School, Kumasi, Ghana (09/1997 – 12/2000)Primary and Junior Secondary School, Basic Education Certificate Examination Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Ghana (09/1988 – 08/1997)

Work Experience 💼

Centre for Plant Medicine Research, Mampong-Akuapem, Ghana (02/2013 – Present)Resident Medical Herbalist and ResearcherHead of Department, Clinical Research Department (since 2015)University of Cape Coast, Cape Coast, Ghana (09/2018 – 09/2021)Part-time Lecturer in Traditional Medicine for Third Year Physician Assistant studentsSt. Luke Natural Health Clinic, Tema, Ghana (10/2008 – 08/2009)Resident Medical HerbalistTraditional Medicine Practice Council, Ministry of Health, Accra, Ghana (01/2008 – 10/2008)Regulatory OfficerFood and Drugs Board, Accra, Ghana (04/2007 – 12/2007)Regulatory OfficerTetteh Quarshie Memorial Hospital, Mampong-Akuapem, Ghana (11/2006 – 04/2007)Intern Medical HerbalistCentre for Plant Medicine Research, Mampong-Akuapem, Ghana (09/2005 – 09/2006)Intern Medical HerbalistAgrata Natural Health Centre, Kumasi, Ghana (05/2005)Student Medical Herbalist (Attachment)J. H Herbal Centre, Kumasi, Ghana (05/2002)Student Medical Herbalist (Attachment)

Advisory Committees 🤝

Technical Advisory Committee, Clinical Trials of the Food and Drugs Authority, Ghana (Member)Technical Advisory Support in Traditional Medicine, West African Health Organisation (Member)Technical Advisory Support in Healthcare Quality, West African Health Organisation (Member)Research Committee of the Ministry of Health, Ghana (Member)Curriculum Review Committee on Master of Science degree in Medicinal Plant Research and Drug Development programme at Pan African University for Life and Earth Sciences Institute, Nigeria (Member)Review of Antimalarial Medicine Policy, National Malaria Control Programme, Ghana (Member)Technical Working Group to review monographs on medicinal plants (Member)Review of malaria case management guideline document (Member)Malaria Elimination Think Tank Workshop (Member)

Awards and Group Memberships 🏆

Member: Centre for Plant Medicine’s Oku Ampofo’s Conference Planning Committee (2023)Member: Centre for Plant Medicine’s Oku Ampofo’s Conference Reviewers Committee (2023)Member: Centre for Plant Medicine Research Risk Management Committee (2023)Member: Ad Hoc committee for the establishment of a Centre for Plant Medicine Research Herbal Clinic in Accra and other parts of the countryMember: GSDF proposal and implementation Committee (2023)Member: Centre for Plant Medicine’s Oku Ampofo’s Conference Science Committee (2022)Member: Communication Committee of the Centre for Plant Medicine ResearchMember: 45th Anniversary Planning Committee, Centre for Plant Medicine ResearchMember: Quality Manual Development Committee, Centre for plant Medicine ResearchMember: Research Policy Committee, Centre for Plant Medicine ResearchJudge-Science fair 2011, Tianjin International School, TianjinWinner-2009 Chinese Competition for foreign students in Tianjin University of Traditional Chinese Medicine.Member/Secretary – Planning Committee for the 6th Traditional Medicine Day/9th Ghana Traditional Medicine Week Celebration.Member/Ex-General Secretary: Ghana Association of Medical Herbalists

Publications Top Notes 📝


Wang, T., An, Y., Zhao, C., Han, L., Boakye-Yiadom, M., Wang, W., & Zhang, Y. (2011). Regulation effects of Crataegus pinnatifida leaf on glucose and lipids metabolism. Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, 59(9), 4987–4994.


Han, L., Boakye-Yiadom, M., Liu, E., Zhang, Y., Li, W., Song, X., Fu, F., & Gao, X. (2012). Structural characterisation and identification of phenylethanoid glycosides from Cistanches deserticola Y.C. Ma by UHPLC/ESI-QTOF-MS/MS. Phytochemical Analysis: PCA, 23(6), 668–676.


Han, L., Ji, L., Boakye-Yiadom, M., Li, W., Song, X., & Gao, X. (2012). Preparative isolation and purification of four compounds from Cistanches deserticola Y.C. Ma by high-speed counter-current chromatography. Molecules (Basel, Switzerland), 17(7), 8276–8284.


Han, L., Boakye-Yiadom, M., Zhang, Y., Zhang, P., Liu, E., Wang, T., & Gao, X. (2014). Separation and purification of two isomeric saponins from Albiziae cortex by High-Speed Counter-Current Chromatography and Preparative High-Performance Liquid Chromatography. Separation Science and Technology, 49(4), 594-600.


Thomford, K. P., Edoh, D. A., Thomford, A. K., Boakye- Yiadom, M., Yirenkyi, A., Attuah. K., & Appiah, A. A. (2014). Effectiveness of the combination of Cryptolepis sanguinolenta and Clausena anisata in uncomplicated malaria. International Journal of Chemistry and Pharmaceutical Sciences, 2(12), 1367-1370.


Boakye-Yiadom, M., Han, L., Li, W., Zhang, Y., Liu, E., Song, X., & Wang, T. (2016). Chemical Constituents from the stems of Cistanche deserticola. Chinese Herbal Medicines, 8(3), 293-296.


Boakye-Yiadom, M., Offei-Abrokwa, D., Sapaty, C., Yeboah, R., & Ocloo, A. (2016). Retrospective study on Mist Diodia, as an antihypertensive. Journal of Natural Science Research, 6(24).


Antwi, S., Asiedu-Larbi, J., Martey, O., Quasie, O., Boakye-Yiadom, M., Ayertey, F., Yeboah, R., Sapaty, C. A., Offei-Abrokwa, D., Oduro-Mensah, D., Kumatia, E. K., & Ocloo, A. (2019). Safety and Effectiveness of Mist Antiaris, a Herbal Preparation for Treatment of Peripheral Neuropathy. BioMed Research International, 2019, 2607872.