Alberto Neder

Dr. Alberto Neder


  • Clinician scientist, KGHRI
  • Professor, Respirology, Queen’s University
  • Director, Laboratory of Clinical Exercise Physiology, (LACEP)



COPD, COPD-heart failure overlap, cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation, pulmonary hypertension, lung function and cardiopulmonary exercise tests. 


After completing his postdoctoral training at the University of Glasgow, Scotland, Dr. Neder set up a centre of clinical exercise physiology at the Federal University of Sao Paulo (UNIFESP, Brazil) in 2002. This centre was consistently funded by peer-reviewed grants in the subsequent 10 yrs. In 2008 he achieved the top-ranked position of Professor Titular of Respiratory Medicine at UNIFESP, where he was head of the Respiratory Division for three years. He was recruited through the South Eastern Ontario Academic Medical Organization (SEAMO) New Clinician Scientist Program being appointed Professor of Respirology at Queen’s University in 2013. He established the CFI-funded, state-of-the art Laboratory of Clinical Exercise Physiology (LACEP) at Connell 2, Kingston General Hospital Hospital ( He also assumed the medical directorship of the Pulmonary Function Laboratory at Hotel Dieu Hospital in 2015.

Education and honours

MD, Federal University of Mato Grosso do Sul, Brazil

PhD, Federal University of Sao Paulo (UNIFESP), Brazil 

Fellow of the European Respiratory Society (ERS) (2018)


Dr. Neder is a respirologist and physician scientist with a specific interest in the cardio-circulatory and respiratory interactions that support oxygen transfer from atmospheric air to cell mitochondria. Using physical exercise as a systemic stressor, Dr. Neder and his associates have been successful in elucidating the mechanisms and consequences of abnormal oxygen delivery and utilization in chronic cardiopulmonary diseases. These lines of research have the ultimate goal to develop and test novel pharmacological and non-pharmacological interventions to improve patients’ quality of life.

Dr. Neder has been a senior author in over 130 peer-reviewed papers and has authored many book chapters on respiratory and exercise physiology, pulmonary rehabilitation and integrated care in chronic respiratory diseases. He is Co Editor-in-Chief of Frontiers in Physiology (Respiratory Physiology) and member of the editorial boards of the European Respiratory Journal and the European Journal of Applied Physiology. His book on "Clinical Exercise Physiology: Theory and Practice" is widely used as a reference text in his home country of Brazil and remains the only Portuguese-written textbook on the field. He has extensive experience in training research personnel from undergraduate to post-doctoral levels.