Dr. Leandro Brito receives Early Clinical Investigator Award

Dr. Leandro Brito received an Early Clinical Investigator Award from the Medical Research Foundation of Oregon, which supports medical exploration and the development of research in clinical investigations in Oregon.

Dr. Brito received a B.S. in Movement Sciences from Paulista University, an M.S, and a Ph.D. in Human Physiology from University of São Paulo, in Brazil, with an internship at the University Oregon in the Department of Human Physiology. He is currently the executive director (non-stipendiary) of the Department of Physical Activity of the Brazilian Hypertension Society (mandate 2021-2022).

He joined Dr. Saurabh Thosar’s Lab as a postdoctoral fellow in March 2022. Dr. Brito’s studies are at the inter-section between exercise physiology, circadian biology and cardiovascular health to propose new chronotherapeutic exercise-based interventions against cardiovascular risk in vulnerable populations.

Dr. Brito will be conducting a one-year research study to look at post-exercise recovery, which is the period of cardiovascular vulnerability that can lead to an adverse cardiovascular event. The cardiovascular response post-exercise can vary by the time of the day.

This study will investigate if the circadian system (internal body clock) affects the cardiovascular system in response to exercise. For this study, Dr. Brito and his team will recruit and study 10 healthy young adults between 20 to 39 years old. Eligible participants may be lean or overweight (BMI<30) with no current medication use and no history of cancer, heart disease, other chronic illness or smoking. Initial screening involves one evening of melatonin monitoring in the lab (up to 9 hours) and one 30-hour stay in the laboratory with meals, sleep and exercise at regular intervals across the period. Compensation of $400 will be provided. If you are interested in participating, please email clinphys@ohsu.edu and use ‘CRYPTEX Study’ in the subject line. Alternatively, please contact Ms. Megan Jones at 503.494.4311.

Learn about Dr. Leandro Brito and his recent publications.