Main interests: Translational Oncology and Nutrition, Tumour metabolism profiling and Patient stratification, Gut health and Microbiome.
Susana Couto Irving is a nutritionist by training with specific interests in optimizing nutritional approaches in the oncology setting and accelerating bench to bedside (and to the plate!) translation, within the advent of precision therapies. After her 5 year degree in Food and Nutritional Sciences from the University of Porto, she did her 2 year specialist training (Técnica Superior de Saúde) and then she studied in the UK, first for a Post-graduation in Clinical Nutrition (University of Surrey/Roehampton) and then for an MSc. in Cancer Therapeutics (Queen Mary, University of London), exploring the role of substrate addictions and vulnerabilities in tumour metabolism and, in doing so, contributing to a research pipeline of novel treatment combinations in pancreatic cancer. Susana is also an alumna of FMUP, ESPEN, EORTC, Barts Cancer Institute and the Imperial College London (UK). During her career, she has tried to combine clinical roles, mostly in oncology, with her research pursuits, having collaborated in several projects namely, with the University of Edinburgh and Cambridge (MRC-HNR) both in the UK. She is also on the Advisory Board of Native Scientist, a non-profit social enterprise which empowers bilingual/immigrant communities through science outreach. Susana is currently based in London (UK) being involved with several international projects, she is also an external collaborator for the University College London and the Instituto Português de Oncologia (Porto).