Message from the Coordinator

Luís B. Sardinha, PhD

Societal trends are facing an increase in sedentary behavior and a decrease in physical activity levels that lead to an increase in several chronic diseases. Furthermore, sports performance within a worldwide trend of improved results has new challenges that need to be addressed with innovative and efficient approaches.   A central aim of CIPER strategic research program is to empower inter-disciplinary research resources and built advanced research capacity among young, middle-career and senior investigators to address these two trends.

The current strategy of the CIPER research group is focused on producing science with international impact and with social innovation that may influence people across life stages for adopting healthier lifestyles. The scientific plan is design based on three main pillars: i) methods developments based on intense technological and laboratory resources to improve accuracy and reliability of exposures measurements, ii) mechanisms and dose-response relationships between physical activity, sedentary behavior and breaking up sedentary behavior with biological and behavioral outcomes, and iii) development strategies to improve sports performance.

The innovation of our strategy arises from the multidisciplinary bio-behavioral approach that addresses the need for improved and more sensitive measurement tools together with experimental designs that can produce novel findings. Innovative methodologies emerge from using existing knowledge and technology from biomechanics, systems biology and behavioral changes theories and methods and applying them into an integrated approach. Our strategy also includes an explicit plan of mentorship for career development and tangible research support for researchers.

With this approach CIPER contributes to the wealth of the region. This outcome is achieved through a more differentiated, productive and competitive society with better quality of life and the development of effective and feasible interventions to support healthier lifestyles and provide new scientific-based tools and approaches and to the sports sector.