Guilherme Moraes Balbim

Dr. Guilherme Moraes Balbim is originally from Brazil, where he received his BS and MSc in Physical Education from the State University of Maringá. He got his PhD in Kinesiology and Nutrition from the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC).

During his PhD, his research interests revolved around increasing older Latinos’ physical activity levels with dance interventions and examining its impact on the brain and cognitive health. He also worked with mHealth tools as an intervention component to increase physical activity levels among racial and ethnic minorities.

Currently, Guilherme is a postdoctoral research fellow at the University of British Columbia in Dr. Teresa Liu-Ambrose’s lab. In collaboration with the Canadian Space Agency and a Canadian Institutes of Health Research fellowship, he investigates the efficacy of exercise training in mitigating the effects of experimental bed rest on older adults’ cognitive function and brain health. Physical inactivity is prevalent among older adults and is associated with negative health outcomes. Thus, understanding the relationship between reductions in physical activity and cognitive function is essential.

For an up-to-date list of publications by Guilherme, please see ResearchGate.