Despina Marselou

Dietitian/nutritionist specialized in clinical nutrition and immunology. Educated on plant based nutrition.

Scientist associate of the plant based professionals U.K.

Skype name: despina.marselou


Scientific Background

Despina Marselou was born in Athens on 06/08/1979. She studied in the Department of Nutrition and Dietetics at London Metropolitan University in England under the dissertation title of Clinical Research: Thermogenesis, Obesity and the Macro-metabolic Pathways: Relation to Obesity. The research was published in 2004 in the journal of the British Dietetic Association as one of the best clinical trials among young graduates in the UK.

She received a Master of Science in Clinical Nutrition and Immunology from the University of Surrey in England with emphasis on dietary support and behavior modification in patients with immune system disorders such as diabetes, cancer and autoimmune diseases. Her postgraduate clinical research titled Examining the rate of dehydration in people with acute stroke and dysphagia, was conducted at the University Hospitals of the National Health System (NHS) Barts & the London and Homerton in London where it was evaluated as a model research.

Finally, she successfully completed her postgraduate study program: “The Atherothrombotic Disease” organized by the Greek Society of Lipidology, Atherosclerosis and Vascular Disease.

Her professional career as a clinical dietitian at Newcastle upon Tyne and North Tees (NHS) University Hospitals in England enabled her to practice her scientific training as:

  • Senior dietitian of Center for Diabetes and Endocrinology
  • Responsible for stroke and rehabilitation wards and clinics
  • Responsible for allergy and immunology clinics

On her return to Greece, was introduced as a research associate by the Agricultural University of Athens and was responsible for clinical nutrition seminars for first-year and postgraduate students in the period 2007-2009.

She is currently working in her dietetic private practice with special interest on evidence based-plant based diets and holds a certificate in Plant-Based nutrition through eCornell University /T Colin Campbell Centre for Nutrition.

She is responsible for the nutritional care of patients with immune disorders, chronic inflammation and neurodegenerative diseases and passionate on promoting dietetic plans for weight loss with focus on the immune system.

Still, a frequent contributor to local and national newspapers and magazines, and is often a guest speaker on public speeches, health radio and television broadcasts.