Qualifications

2015 Master of Public Health (MPH), School of Public Health, The University of Queensland, Australia.

2012 Physician, Faculty of Medical Sciences, School of Medicine, Universidad Católica de Santiago de Guayaquil, Ecuador.

Position title

PhD Candidate

Research Project

The effect of physical activity on reproductive health in young women

Profile

Gabriela studied Medicine at the School of Medicine in the Universidad Católica de Santiago de Guayaquil in Ecuador and graduated in 2012. She has practiced as a physician since then and in 2013 also worked in the Ministry of Public Health of Ecuador in a rural community, focusing on health promotion and primary prevention. This work experience sparked her interest in public health and she later pursued a Master of Public Health at the University of Queensland in 2015. After graduating in 2016, she moved back to Ecuador and worked as a lecturer at the Universidad Católica de Santiago de Guayaquil in the Faculty of Medical Sciences before coming back to Australia to start her PhD studies. Her current research is examining the effects of physical activity on indicators of reproductive health in young adult women.

Awards

2017 UQ Research Scholarship recipient, The University of Queensland, Australia

2016 UQ Winter Research Scholarship recipient, School of Public Health, The University of Queensland, Australia

2015 & 2016 Dean’s Commendation for Academic Excellence. Faculty of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, The University of Queensland, Australia.

2014 Recipient of a Scholarship under the ‘Top World Universities Program’ from The Secretariat of Higher Education, Science, Technology and Innovation of Ecuador (SENESCYT) to study an MPH (Public Health) at the University of Queensland, Australia.

Research Interests

Gabriela is interested in public health and medicine, with a particular focus on preventing disease and promoting health. Hence, the direction of her PhD is now on promoting health through physical activity, particularly in the field of women’s reproductive health. She has a special interest in how physical activity can affect the reproductive system in young adult women who are trying to conceive.  She is also interested in examining the physiological and biochemical effects of different doses of exercise in these women.

- Research highlights throughout career

Publications

Bell, S. K., Mena, G., Dean, J., Boyd, M., Gilks, C., & Gartner, C. (2017). Vaporised nicotine and tobacco harm reduction for addressing smoking among people living with HIV: A cross-sectional survey of Australian HIV health practitioners’ attitudes. Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 177, 67-70.

Bell, S., Mena, G., Dean, J., Watts, P., Howard, P., Boyd, M., Gilks, C., & Gartner, C. (2017). Addressing smoking among people living with HIV: A cross-sectional survey of Australian HIV health practitioners' practices and attitudes. AIDS care*

*In press

Mena, G., Munoz, V., Barciona, C., Salvador, C. (2017). Alvarado Score in the diagnosis of acute appendicitis: prospective and analytical study in the emergency service of the general hospital Luis Vernaza. Revista Medicina*

*In press

Cruz-Moreira, K., Huamán-Garaicoa, F., & Mena, G. (2017). Knowledge of oral cancer among the community served during the stomatological lesion prevention campaign conducted at Universidad Católica de Santiago de Guayaquil-Ecuador. Acta odontologica latinoamericana: AOL, 30(3), 113-117.

Cruz, K., Mena, G., & Luzardo, G. (2018). Prevalencia de patologías estomatológicas encontradas en la campaña de prevención contra enfermedades bucales. Universidad Católica de Santiago de Guayaquil, Ecuador. Universidad y Sociedad, 10(1), 214-222.

Advisors

Professor Wendy J. Brown

Dr Gregore Iven Mielke