Luis Gracia Marco

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Date of birth: 16/09/1983
Researcher within the “Talent Identification Programme – UGR Fellows”
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Phone: 958241000 (ext. 20360)

Luis Gracia Marco works as Postdoctoral researcher within the “Talent Identification Programme – UGR Fellows”, at the Faculty of Sport Sciences (University of Granada, Spain). Previously, he worked as Senior Lecturer within the Sport and Health Sciences Department at the University of Exeter (UK). Luis holds a BSc in Physical Education teaching (University of Zaragoza, Spain), a BSc in Sport and Health Sciences (University of Lleida, Spain) and an international PhD in Sports Medicine (University of Zaragoza, Spain). One of his greatest achievements was the award of a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellowship as Principal Investigator, funded by the European Commission.

His research focuses on body composition, cardiovascular risk and lifestyles, with special relevance to the effect of sport participation on bone health and its geometry.

Key publications

  • 1. Vlachopoulos D, Barker AR, Ubago-Guisado E, Fatouros IG, Knapp KM, Williams CA and Gracia-Marco L (Investigador Principal). Longitudinal Adaptations of Bone Mass, Geometry, and Metabolism in Adolescent Male Athletes: The PRO-BONE Study. J Bone Miner Res. 2017 Nov;32(11):2269-2277.

  • 2. Vlachopoulos D, Barker AR, Williams CA, Arngrímsson SA, Knapp KM, Metcalf BS, Fatouros IG, Moreno LA, Gracia-Marco L (Investigador Principal). The impact of sport participation on bone mass and geometry in adolescent males. Med Sci Sports Exerc. 2017 Feb;49(2):317-326.

  • 3. Gracia-Marco L, Moreno LA, Ruiz JR, Ortega FB, de Moraes AC, Gottrand F, Roccaldo R, Marcos A, Gómez-Martínez S, Dallongeville J, Kafatos A, Molnar D, Bueno G, de Henauw S, Widhalm K, Wells JC. Body Composition Indices and Single and Clustered Cardiovascular Disease Risk Factors in Adolescents: Providing Clinical-Based Cut-Points. Prog Cardiovasc Dis. 2016 Mar-Apr;58(5):555-64.

  • 4. Gracia-Marco L, Moreno LA, Ortega FB, León F, Sioen I, Kafatos A, Martinez-Gomez D, Widhalm K, Castillo MJ, Vicente-Rodríguez G. Levels of Physical Activity that Predict Optimal Bone Mass in Adolescents: the HELENA study. Am J Prev Med. 2011 Jun;40(6):599-607.

  • 5. Gracia-Marco L, Ortega FB, Jimenez-Pavon D, Rodriguez G, Castillo MJ, Vicente-Rodriguez G, Moreno LA. Adiposity and bone health in Spanish adolescents. Osteoporos Int. 2012 Mar;23(3):937-47.