Dr. Maria Cristina Gonzalez is a Professor at the Universidade Católica de Pelotas in the Postgraduate Program in Health and Behavior and an Associate Professor at Universidade Federal de Pelotas in the Postgraduate Program in Nutrition and Food and the Postgraduate Program in Epidemiology in Brazil. She received her medical degree from Pontifícia Universidade Católica de Campinas and did her postdoctoral work in parenteral and enteral nutrition, endoscopy, and gastroenterology. She then earned a Ph.D. in epidemiology from the Universidade Federal de Pelotas in Brazil and completed postdoctoral work at Pennington Biomedical Research Center at Louisiana State University. She recently was designed as a Fellow of the American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition (FASPEN). Her clinical interests focus on body composition and nutritional assessment, bioelectrical impedance analysis, and nutritional support in surgery, oncology, and geriatrics. She has been the National Coordinator of nutritionDay in Brazil since 2009 and the Coordinator of the Group of Studies in Body Composition and Nutrition (COCONUT). She has published 140 articles in scientific journals and has given more than 250 presentations in her areas of expertise.