Apr 6, 2007    #028
Contact: Noemi Rojas, public relations

Physiologist, researcher joins School of Nursing

The University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC) School of Nursing today announced that Marco Brotto, M.S., Ph.D., will join the School’s faculty on Sep. 1 as an associate professor.

Brotto makes the second nurse physiologist at the School, giving students increased exposure to role models in basic science research. Tina Hines, Ph.D., is also a physiologist serving at the School.

“We are excited that Dr. Brotto has joined the faculty in the School of Nursing,” Lora Lacey-Haun, Ph.D., dean of the School, said. “It is very important to UMKC and the School of Nursing that we contribute to the development of the Institute for Translational Research. Hines and Brotto will make a great team, expanding our research capacity in basic science research.”

Originally from Brazil, Brotto earned his B.S. in nursing and public health, and his M.S. in pharmacology at Federal University of Ceara (Brazil), and holds a Ph.D. in physiology and biophysics from Trinity College in London. He completed a post-doctoral fellowship at Case Western Reserve University and has taught at the Medical College of Georgia and, most recently, the Robert Wood Johnson Medical School in New Jersey.

Brotto’s research explores mechanisms for muscle fatigue, including:

- The cellular and molecular processes of aging in muscles.

- Mechanisms involved in translating electrical impulses into contraction in cardiac muscle cells, known as Cardiac E-C (excitation-contraction) coupling during exercise.

UMKC School of Nursing research faculty are committed to conducting research that translates findings from the basic life sciences into more effective patient care. The school’s research focus emphasizes health care issues for women, children and adolescents; as well as research that considers cultural and political perspectives. Affiliated clinical facilities include Truman Medical Center, Children's Mercy Hospital and nearly 100 community-wide facilities in the Kansas City metro area. For more information about the UMKC School of Nursing, please visit

The University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC), one of four University of Missouri campuses, is a public university serving more than 14,000 undergraduate, graduate and professional students. UMKC engages with the community and economy based on a three-part mission: visual and performing arts, health sciences, and urban affairs.


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