Dr Leandro Garcia

Research Associate

Email: lmtg3@medschl.cam.ac.uk
Telephone: +44 01223 769 214
ORCID profile: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-5947-2617

Address:
UKCRC Centre for Diet and Activity Research (CEDAR)
MRC Epidemiology Unit
University of Cambridge School of Clinical Medicine
Box 285 Institute of Metabolic Science
Cambridge Biomedical Campus
Cambridge, CB2 0QQ

Research interests:
Leandro’s main research interests are the determinants (environmental, political, societal, and individual factors) of population patterns and inequalities of physical activity, particularly in the leisure and transportation domains, and the consequent impacts on population health. His work combines the conceptual framework and methods from epidemiology and systems science to understand how the interaction of individuals with each other and with their environment leads to behaviours, structures, and dynamics that give rise to population health outcomes and inequalities.

Qualifications:
– Postdoctoral Researcher (Oswaldo Cruz Foundation (Fiocruz) National School of Public Health, Brazil, 2016-17)
– DSc in Public Health (University of Sao Paulo School of Public Health, Brazil, 2012-16)
– MSc in Physical Activity and Health (Federal University of Santa Catarina School of Physical Education, Brazil, 2009-11)
– BSc in Physical Education (University of Sao Paulo School of Physical Education and Sport, Brazil, 2002-06)

Background and experience:
Leandro has a strong background in public health, physical activity epidemiology, and systems science applied to public health. His MSc dissertation was the first work on socio-demographic attributes and chronic diseases associated with sedentary behaviours at national level in Brazil. In his DSc, Leandro investigated how population patterns of leisure-time physical activity may emerge and evolve from the dynamic interactions between people and their social and built environments, using agent-based modelling. Leandro’s first post-doctoral role was dedicated to applying systems science framework and tools (especially causal diagram loops, agent-based modelling, and network analysis) to a diverse set of public health topics, such as population patterns of physical activity and diet, long-term control of Aedes aegypti in urban settings, and diffusion of health behaviours in social networks.

Current projects:
Leandro is with the Public Health Modelling Programme, involved in two projects:
Towards an Integrated Global Transport and Health Assessment Tool (TIGTHAT), which will lay the scientific foundations of a health impact assessment tool that will be readily applied to a wide variety of urban settings around the world to estimate health impacts of transport choices.
MEthods and Tools for Assessing the Health Impacts of Transport (METAHIT), which aims to develop a state-of-art health impact assessment tool to estimate health impacts due to transportation patterns.
He is also member of the SALURBAL (“SALud URBana en America Latina” – Urban Health in Latin America) project, which aims to learn from Latin America on what makes cities healthy, equitable and environmentally sustainable, funded by the Wellcome Trust “Our Planet, Our Health” initiative.

Publications:
Full list of publications available at ResearchGate.
Recent publications:
Garcia LMT, Diez Roux AV, Martins ACR, Yang Y, Florindo AA. Development of a dynamic framework to explain population patterns of leisure-time physical activity through agent-based modeling. Int J Behav Nutr Phys Act. 2017;14(1):111.
– Silva KS, Garcia LMT, Rabacow FM, Rezende LFM, Sá TH. Physical activity as part of daily living: Moving beyond quantitative recommendations. Prev Med. 2017.96:160-2.
Garcia LMT, Cardoso LO, Sarti FM. Modelagem de sistemas complexos em saúde, alimentação e nutrição [Complex systems modelling on health, diet and nutrition]. In: Nutrição e saúde pública: produção e consumo de alimentos [Nutrition and public health: food production and consumption]. Editors: Sarti FM, Torres EAS. Barueri, Brazil: Manole; 2017. p. 299-320.
– Rezende LFM, Sá TH, Mielke GI, Viscondi JYK, Rey-López JP, Garcia LMT. All-cause mortality attributable to sitting time: analysis of 54 countries worldwide. Am J Prev Med. 2016;51(2):253-63.
– Pazin J, Garcia LMT, Florindo AA, Peres MA, Guimarães ACD, Borgatto AF, Duarte MDF. Effects of a new walking and cycling route on leisure-time physical activity of Brazilian adults: A longitudinal quasi-experiment. Health Place. 2016;39:18-25.