Current work and interests
With a background in physical activity, public health, and systems science, Leandro’s main research interests are the determinants of population levels and inequalities of physical activity, particularly in the leisure and transportation domains, and the consequent impacts on population health. He is also interested in the application of systems science to other public health topics and methodological developments to fully adapt the framework and methods of systems science to the particulars of public health research.
Leandro is currently working on TIGTHAT project, which will lay the scientific foundations of a health impact assessment tool to estimate health impacts of transport choices applicable in a wide variety of urban settings around the world. Within this project, he is leading two dose-response meta-analyses encompassing the relationship between physical activity and 46 disease endpoints (protocols here and here). He is also a collaborator on 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. In SALURBAL, Leandro has been applying systems thinking and modelling to study the links between urban environment, transportation, and health.
Background and experience
Leandro completed his PhD at the University of Sao Paulo School of Public Health, Brazil, where he developed a simulation model to investigate how population level and distribution of physical activity are shaped by the dynamic interplay between intrapersonal, social and environmental determinants.
Before joining the MRC Epidemiology Unit, Leandro was a Postdoctoral Researcher at the Oswaldo Cruz Foundation (Fiocruz) National School of Public Health, also in Brazil. There, he applied systems science framework and methods to a diverse set of public health topics, such as population patterns of diet behaviour, long-term control of Aedes aegypti in urban settings, and diffusion of health behaviours in social networks.
- Garcia LMT, Diez Roux AV, Martins ACR, Yang Y, Florindo AA. Exploring population patterns and trends of leisure-time physical activity through agent-based modelling. Int J Behav Nutr Phys Act. 2018;15(1):112.
- Andrade DR, Garcia LMT, Perez DCP. Local collaborations for physical activity promotion: a network analysis. Cad Saude Publica. 2018;34(10):e00127517.
- Rezende LFM, Garcia LMT, Mielke GI, Lee D, Giovannucci E, Eluf-Neto J. Physical activity and preventable premature deaths from non-communicable diseases in Brazil. J Public Health. 2018. DOI: 10.1093/pubmed/fdy183.
- Garcia LMT. Complex systems: a new approach for physical activity promotion. Braz J Phys Act Health. 2018;22:499-500.
- Duran AC, Anaya-Boig E, Shake JD, Garcia LMT, Rezende LFM, Sá TH. Bicycle-sharing system socio-spatial inequalities in Brazil. J Transp Health. 2018;8:262-70.
- Goel R, Garcia LMT, Goodman A, Johnson R, Aldred R, Murugesan M, et al. Estimating city-level travel patterns using street imagery: a case study of using Google Street View in Britain. PLoS One. 2018;13(5):e0196521.
- 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;14:111.
- Garcia LMT, Cardoso LO, Sarti FM. Complex systems modelling in health, diet and nutrition. In: Nutrition and public health: food production and consumption. Editors: Sarti FM, Torres EAS. Barueri, Brazil: Manole; 2017. p. 299-320.
- Carvalho MS, Honório NA, Garcia LMT, Carvalho LCS. Aedes ægypti control in urban areas: a systemic approach to a complex dynamic. PLoS Negl Trop Dis. 2017;11(7):e0005632.
- Rezende LFM, Sá TH, Mielke GI, Viscondi JYK, Rey-Lopez JP, Garcia LMT. All-cause mortality attributable to sitting time: analysis of 54 countries worldwide. Am J Prev Med. 2016;51(2):253-63.