Ana Pinto, PhD, received her PhD from the University of Sao Paulo, Brazil followed by her research pursuits centered on women’s health and conditions, including rheumatoid arthritis, fibromyalgia and severe obesity, which disproportionately affect females.
Research + Funding
In 2021, Dr. Pinto began her Ludeman Center-funded research project titled, “Understanding the Mechanisms Underpinning Sex Differences in Glycemic Responses to Active Breaks in Sitting in Adults at Risk of Developing Type 2 Diabetes.” Her research focuses on obtaining a unique understanding of why females ay have a greater benefit in glycemia responses to acute and chronic exposure to active interruptions to sitting when compared to males. This study serves as the foundation for future work to better understand sex differences in responses to active interruptions to sitting. The importance of understanding the physiological and molecular mechanisms behind the effect of interrupting sedentary behaviors on glycemic responses is significant given the current epidemic of type 2 diabetes and the prevalence of cardiometabolic diseases in the U.S. and other high economy countries worldwide related to the clinical problem of diabetes. Identifying physical activity strategies targeting the prevention and treatment of type 2 diabetes is more beneficial to females given that females who are diagnosed appear to bear worse cardiovascular consequences than males.
“Being a Ludeman Center researcher tailored my path as a postdoctoral fellow at CU Anschutz and connected me with mentors, collaborators and peers. I am very appreciative of the center’s initiatives for researchers, including training sessions, the national conference, and for the community.”—Dr. Pinto
Transforming Women’s Health
Dr. Pinto’s current research emphasizes testing and optimizing physical activity and sedentary behavior interventions to improve glucose control based on individual needs, while also exploring the role of sex in adaptations to these interventions with the goal to improve personalized care.