Carla Avesani

Carla Avesani

Senior Research Specialist | Docent
Visiting address: Baxter Novum, Hälsovägen 7, plan 5, 14157 Huddinge
Postal address: H9 Klinisk vetenskap, intervention och teknik, H9 CLT Med njursjukdomar Baxter Novum, 141 86 Stockholm

About me

  • Carla Avesani is a senior researcher specialist at CLINTEC, Division of
    Renal Medicine, Baxter Novum, and Associate Professor in Nutrition at
    Karolinska Institutet. Her training started as Renal Dietitian in Brazil,
    where she obtained her PhD in 2004 with the thesis /Resting energy
    expenditure and body composition in patients with chronic kidney disease /at
    the Federal University of Sao Paulo (main supervisors Lilian Cuppari and
    Sergio Antonio Draibe). Later in 2005-2006 she had her post-doc training at
    Karolinska Institutet (supervisors Bengt Lindholm and Peter Stenvinkel). In
    2010 she became Associate Professor at Rio de Janeiro State University,
    Brazil and in 2018 she reallocated to Sweden where she has been working at
    Karolinska Institutet in the study line /Food as medicine in chronic kidney
    disease /in the research group from Peter Stenvinkel and Bengt Lindholm.
    Her focus of research is on how nutrition can improve the clinical condition
    of patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD). Her studies have been used in
    Guidelines to construct evidence-based nutrition practices from different
    academic societies. Her studies include investigations of tools for the
    assessment of nutritional status and body composition
  • the assessment of the
    role of dietary patterns in the prognosis of quality of life, hospitalization
    events, and mortality, and more recently, in clinical trials exploring the
    role of plant-based diet and nutrients on mitigating metabolic derangements
    inherent to chronic kidney disease. She is also involved in two ERASMUS+
    projects: GoodREnal project ( and ePlanet
    ( The first aims to provide education to patients,
    caregivers, and health care professionals working in the field of CKD, and
    the second to include microlearning on planetary health in the curriculum of
    medical students of KI and of other 4 European universities.
    Her Hirsch index is 23. She has published around 85 peer-reviewed papers in
    the field of nutrition with a focus on nephrology.
    She participates on the board of academic journals in the field of Nutrition
    and CKD and was elected as Vice-Chair of the European Renal Nutrition Working
    Group from the European Renal Society for the term 2022-2024.


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  • Senior Research Specialist, Department of Clinical Science, Intervention and Technology, Karolinska Institutet, 2022-

Degrees and Education

  • Docent, Karolinska Institutet, 2022

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