The UMKC School of Nursing is pleased to announce the appointment of Marco Brotto, BSN, MS, Ph.D., as the Dale and Dorothy Thompson/Missouri Endowed Professor for Nursing Research. Brotto holds joint appointments at the Schools of Nursing, Medicine and Biological Sciences and is director of the UMKC Muscle Biology Group. He also serves as Director of the Center for Biomedical Research at the College of Sciences and Technology in Salvador, Brazil.
Brotto began his career as a clinician and then obtained a master’s degree in Pharmacology at Federal University of Ceara, Brazil, followed by fellowships in the United States. He earned his Ph.D. in Physiology & Biophysics at Trinity College (Oxford), England before coming to UMKC in August 2007.
Brotto is internationally recognized as a leader in muscle physiology and intracellular calcium signaling research with a prestigious record of publications in journals such as Nature, Nature Cell Biology, Aging Cell, Aging, Journal of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics, as well as 15 years of consecutive grant funding.
Since coming to UMKC, Brotto has had seven grants funded as a Principal Investigator or Co-PI, and was instrumental in the growth of the A&&P program from 190 to 450 students per year. For the last five years, Brotto’s research has become increasingly translational; in collaboration with Lynda Bonewald, Ph.D. and the Bone Biology Group at UMKC, he is looking into the communication of bone and muscle during the aging process, which was recently funded by the NIH in the form of an $8.3 million Program Grant.
He also is studying the process of muscle weakness in the elderly in collaboration with Drs. Eduardo Abreu and Patricia Kelly at UMKC and community partners. They are working to develop ways to counteract the loss of muscle strength as people age. He is a mentor for five Ph.D. students, post-doctoral fellows and research associates and holds membership as an editor/reviewer in 15 scientific journals and several funding agencies. He still finds time for his daily muscle strength exercises and his weekly soccer games. His two mottos are:”Collaboration is Better than Competition” and “Live Longer, but Stronger.”