This thematic line is anchored on an interdisciplinary team of researchers working together in areas like exercise immunology, exercise physiology, psychology, sociology, psychiatry, nutrition, anthropometry, gerontology and statistics.
The coordination of this thematic line will ensure all personal and institutional contacts necessary to implement the research projects and to identify and select pos-graduate students to join the projects. Each project is coordinated by a prime investigator, supported by a team of experienced researchers and several PhD students in line with the advance training objectives of the Research Centre.
The projects dealing with functional decline and frailty will be done in collaboration with Profs Eef Hogervorst, Stephan Bandalow and Micheal Gleeson from Louthborough University, UK, and Prof. Margarida Braga from the faculty of medicine, Porto University. The projects involving determination of immune parameters (cell counts) and molecular biology will be done in cooperation with Doctor Artur Paiva from the Instituto Português do Sangue e da Transplantação. The projects involving animal studies will be done using the animal facilities of the Faculty of Medicine-Coimbra University and the research centre Institute for Biomedical Imaging and Life Sciences (IBILI).
The projects with master athletes will be done in collaboration with the University of Brussels, the Faculty of Medicine from Lisbon University and the Instituto Português do Sangue e da Transplantação
The projects on osteoporosis, fall prevention and sarcopenia will be done in collaboration with the University of Clérmont-Ferrand, the Faculty of Medicine-Coimbra University and IBILI, Coimbra Nurses School and CHUC.
The Research Center can also count on interactions with the Ageing@Coimbra partners, that include several associations that provide care to older populations, in order to be able to work with living labs.
Brochures on exercise activities identified as beneficial for the sedentary elderly in improving cognition and stress levels by our research will be developed. These will be aimed at health care centers and other institutions involved in the welfare of elderly populations. Meetings with councils and day care institutions involved in the projects, aimed at improving awareness and information on active and healthy ageing are also planned. A set of conferences with national and international experts in this field, orientated not only to the scientific community but also to the agents in the community, that deal with elderly people needs will also be organized.
Dissemination of research results will be done through publications in national and international journals in the fields of Aging, Neurology and Sport Sciences and international and national meetings.