Danylo Ferreira Cabral, PhD

Danylo Ferreira Cabral, PhD
Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Education History:
Ph.D., Physical Therapy, University of MIami
B.Sc., PHysical Therapy, Alagoas State University of Health Sciences, Brazil

Danylo Cabral is a physical therapist and neuroscientist. He holds a Ph.D. in Physical Therapy from the University of Miami (2022). Over the past 4 years, he worked as a research associate at the Neuromotor Plasticity Laboratory and had the opportunity to collaborate in several studies on the use of noninvasive brain stimulation (transcranial magnetic stimulation) and physical exercise to unravel the underlying mechanisms of neuroplasticity in aging adults. He is an industrious researcher who has published 13 peer-reviewed scientific articles and presented several abstracts and oral sessions at local, national, and international conferences. He also received the American Council on Exercise Certification in Health and Wellness Coach and has become more interested in health education and wellness coaching strategies aiming to elucidate behavior change paradigms and develop solutions to improve lifestyle health and exercise adherence in the aging population. He is also working on ultimately further developing my scientific career to incorporate the science of behavior change into the neuroscience of exercise and brain health.

The focus of his current work at the Berenson-Allen Center for Noninvasive Brain Stimulation is research using noninvasive brain stimulation and neurophysiologic and neuroimaging studies to gain insights into fundamental human brain functions and brain-behavior relations in health and disease. More specifically, under the supervision of Dr. Peter Fried, he is working on a project that investigates the relationships of brain glutamate, cortical plasticity (coupling TMS-EEG-EMG), and cognitive function in older adults with Type-2 diabetes.

Personal Interests/Hobbies:
Danylo is a sports fan, enjoys outdoor and adventure activities love spending time with family, and is learning to be a dad.

Personal Goals:
Danylo's short-term research goals are to consolidate knowledge in noninvasive brain stimulation, functional brain imaging, and activity measures relevant to cognitive neuroscience and to integrate them with well-established cardiorespiratory fitness and cardiovascular health measures (e.g., VO2max, heart rate recovery, and heart rate variability). He also aims to elucidate the underlying physiological mechanisms associated with cognitive brain health in the aging and clinical population with high cardiovascular risk, such as individuals with type 2 diabetes.

Selected Publications:

  1. Cabral DF, Bigliassi M, Cattaneo G, Rundek T, Pascual-Leone A, Cahalin LP, Gomes-Osman J. Exploring the interplay between mechanisms of neuroplasticity and cardiovascular health in aging adults: A multiple linear regression analysis study. Auton Neurosci. 2022 Nov;242:103023. doi: 10.1016/j.autneu.2022.103023. Epub 2022 Sep 7. PubMed PMID: 36087362.
  2. Hinchman CA, Cabral DF, Ciesla M, Flothmann M, Nunez C, Rice J, Loewenstein DA, Kitaigorodsky M, Cahalin LP, Rundek T, Pascual-Leone A, Cattaneo G, Gomes-Osman J. Exercise engagement drives changes in cognition and cardiorespiratory fitness after 8 weeks of aerobic training in sedentary aging adults at risk of cognitive decline. Front Rehabil Sci. 2022;3:923141. doi: 10.3389/fresc.2022.923141. eCollection 2022. PubMed PMID: 36189006; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC9397848.
  3. Cabral DF, Santos VS, Silva MJG, Leite GF, Mesquita APB, Pascual-Leone A, Cahalin LP, Batiston AP, Oliveira ACA, Gomes-Osman J. Recommending Physical Activity to Your Aging Patients? What Clinicians Need to Know to Increase Adherence From the Older Adult Perspective. Front Rehabil Sci. 2022;3:923221. doi: 10.3389/fresc.2022.923221. eCollection 2022. PubMed PMID: 36189000; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC9397884.
  4. Cabral DF, Fried P, Koch S, Rice J, Rundek T, Pascual-Leone A, Sacco R, Wright CB, Gomes-Osman J. Efficacy of mechanisms of neuroplasticity after a stroke. Restor Neurol Neurosci. 2022;40(2):73-84. doi: 10.3233/RNN-211227. PubMed PMID: 35570503.
  5. Cabral DF, Rice J, Morris TP, Rundek T, Pascual-Leone A, Gomes-Osman J. Exercise for Brain Health: An Investigation into the Underlying Mechanisms Guided by Dose. Neurotherapeutics. 2019 Jul;16(3):580-599. doi: 10.1007/s13311-019-00749-w. Review. PubMed PMID: 31197642; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC6694330.
  6. Gomes-Osman J, Cabral DF, Morris TP, McInerney K, Cahalin LP, Rundek T, Oliveira A, Pascual-Leone A. Exercise for cognitive brain health in aging: A systematic review for an evaluation of dose. Neurol Clin Pract. 2018 Jun;8(3):257-265. doi: 10.1212/CPJ.0000000000000460. Review. PubMed PMID: 30105166; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC6075983.