Estela Blanco, MPH, MA, is a Research Associate in the UC-San Diego Division of Academic General Pediatrics, Child Development and Community Health at the Center for Community Health. She has worked in the division since 2003, when she started as a student research assistant with Dr. María Luisa Zúñiga (now at SDSU). Blanco currently manages five research studies (3 NIH-funded) conducted with a cohort of young adults that has been followed since infancy: The Santiago Longitudinal Study. The cohort is being studied for long-term effects of preventing iron deficiency anemia, early determinants of cardiovascular risk/obesity and genetic factors related to both outcomes. She has experience with quantitative and qualitative data analysis, proposal development, and project management.
Blanco earned a dual master´s degree in Public Health, Epidemiology, and Latin American Studies from San Diego State University. She is bilingual and bicultural professional, currently working at the primary research site in Santiago, Chile.

Recent Publications

Burrows R, Correa-Burrows P, Reyes M, Blanco E, Albala C, Gahagan S. High cardiometabolic risk in healthy Chilean adolescents: associations with anthropometric, biological, and lifestyle factors. Public Health Nutrition. 2015. Epub ahead of print.
Duran S, Blanco E, Rodríguez MP, Cordón K, Salazar de Ariza J, Record J, Cereceda MP, Antezana S, Espinoza S, Berlanga MR, Encina C. Asociación entre edulcorantes no nutritivos y riesgo de obesidad en estudiantes universitarios de Latinoamérica. Revisa Médica de Chile, 2015 Mar;143(3):367-73
Burrows R, Correa P, Reyes M, Blanco E, Albala C, Gahagan S. Healthy Chilean adolescents with HOMA-IR ≥ 2.6 have increased cardio-metabolic risk: Association with genetic, biological and environmental factors. Journal of Diabetes Research. Accepted January 2015.
Reyes M, Quintanilla C, Burrows R, Blanco E, Cifuentes M, Gahagan S. Obesity is associated with acute inflammation in a sample of adolescents. Pediatric Diabetes, 2015 Mar;16(2):109-16.
Martinez SM, Blanco E, Gahagan S. (2014). Perception of neighborhood crime and drugs increases cardiometabolic risk in Chilean adolescents Journal of Adolescent Health, 2014 Jun;54(6):718-23.
Martinez SM, Rhee K, Blanco E, Boutelle K. (2013). Maternal Attitudes and Behaviors Regarding Feeding Practices in Elementary School-Aged Latino Children: A Pilot Qualitative Study on the Impact of the Cultural Role of Mothers in the US-Mexican Border Region of San Diego, California. J Acad Nutr Diet. Dec 3. pii: S2212-2672(13)01549-9.
Rose O, Blanco E, Martinez SM, Castillo M, Lozoff B, Vaucher YE, Gahagan S. Developmental Scores at 1 year with Increasing Gestational Age 37-41 Weeks. Pediatrics. 2013 May;131(5):e1475-81.
Reyes M, Hoyos V, Martinez SM, Lozoff B, Castillo M, Burrows R, Blanco E, Gahagan S. (2013). Satiety responsiveness and eating behavior among Chilean adolescents and the role of breastfeeding. Int J Obes (Lond). 2013 Oct 22.
Khuc K, Blanco E, Burrows R, Reyes M, Castillo M, Lozoff B, Gahagan S. Adolescent metabolic syndrome risk is increased with higher infancy weight gain and decreased with longer breast feeding. Int J Pediatr. 2012;2012:478610. Epub 2012 Jul 5.
Kang Sim DE, Cappiello M, Castillo M, Lozoff B, Martinez S, Blanco E, Gahagan S. (2012). Postnatal growth patterns in a Chilean cohort: the role of SES and family environment. Int J Pediatr, 2012:354060. PMCID: PMC3361171
Zúñiga ML, Muñoz FA, Kozo J, Blanco E, Scolari R. (2012). A binational study of patient-initiated changes to antiretroviral therapy regimen among HIV-positive Latinos living in the Mexico-U.S. border region. AIDS and Behavior, 2012 Aug;16(6):1622-9. PMCID: PMC Journal – In Process
Blanco E, Reyes M, Burrows RA, Martinez S, Gahagan S. (2011). Low Bone Mineral Density Found in Overweight and Obese Chilean Adolescents. Journal of Clinical Nursing, 20:3577-3579.
Blanco E, Lindsay S, Lemus H, Ojeda N, Zúñiga ML. (2011). Advancing HIV prevention among multi-ethnic vulnerable youths: ethno-racial and gender differences. Journal of HIV/AIDS & Social Services, 10: 311-324.
Pollini RA, Blanco E, Crump C, Zúñiga ML. (2011). A Community-Based Study of Barriers to HIV Care Initiation. AIDS Patient Care and STDs, 25(10): 601-609.
Burrows RA, Leiva LB, Weisstaub G, Lera LM, Albala CB, Blanco E, Gahagan S (2011). High HOMA-IR, Adjusted for Puberty, Relates to the Metabolic Syndrome in Overweight and Obese Chilean Youths. Pediatric Diabetes, May 12: 212-8.
Reyes M, Gahagan S, Díaz E, Blanco E, Leiva L, Lera L, Burrows R. (2011). Relationship between Adiposity and Insulin Resistance is Mediated by Inflammation in a sample of Overweight and Obese Chilean Adolescents. Nutrition Journal, Jan 14;10:4.
Zúñiga ML, Blanco E, Brennan JJ, Scolari R, Artamonova I, Strathdee SA. (2010). Binational Care-Seeking Behavior and Health-Related Quality of Life Among HIV-Positive Latinos in the U.S.-Mexico Border Region. Journal of the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care, 22(3): 162-172.
Zúñiga ML, Blanco E, Palinkas LA, Strathdee SA, Gifford AL. (2010). Latinos in HIV Clinical Trials in the U.S. – Mexico Border Region. Journal of Immigrant and Refugee Studies, 8(3): 241-60.


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