Vinicius Fernandes Cruzat


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Metabolic biochemistry analysis of spent coffee grounds
Amino acid and protein supplementation in health and disease

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Research Interests

  • Metabolic, antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects of nutrient supplementation and diet modulation, including amino acids (e.g. glutamine, leucine, arginine) and vitamin D.
  • Cellular and molecular mechanisms of diabetes associated with obesity and how nutrients and exercise can attenuate disease progression
  • Regulatory mechanisms induced by Heat Shock Proteins on cell metabolism and stress signalling pathways

Personal profile

Dr Vinicius Cruzat is a Senior Lecturer and Research Fellow at Torrens University Australia and the lead of Human Structure and Physiology subjects within the Faculty of Health.

Vinicius is a registered Nutritionist in Australia and has extensive expertise in the research fields of nutritional supplementation, exercise physiology, metabolism, biochemistry, sports nutrition, and chronic inflammatory diseases, such as obesity and Type 2 Diabetes. Vinicius is also the Chair of the Queensland group of the Nutrition Society of Australia (NSA) and a committee member of the national NSA council.

Following the completion of his PhD at the University of São Paulo, Brazil in 2013, Vinicius spent more than 5 years working as a Post-Doctoral Researcher and Adjunct Research Fellow at Curtin University (WA) with Professor Philip Newsholme studying the effects of amino acid supplementation on insulin secretion and action. Vinicius also developed skills in advanced molecular biology working as a visiting Post-Doctoral Researcher in Belgium at the Centre for Diabetes Research, Université Libre de Bruxelles. To date, much of Vinicius’s research has focused on the metabolic and antioxidant effects of nutrient supplementation in exercise and chronic inflammatory diseases situations, such as obesity and diabetes. Vinicius is also a current Adjunct Senior Researcher at Griffith University in the Gold Coast.


Education/Academic qualification

Exercise and Sport Sciences, Bachelor, Knowledge and utilization of carbohydrate, protein and lipid supplements in sport athletes, Lutheran University of Brazil

Health Sciences, Graduate Diploma, Growth hormone, nutrition and physical exercise: current considerations, Pontifical Catholic University of Rio Grande do Sul

Education, Graduate Certificate, Graduate Certificate of Learning and Teaching, Torrens University Australia

Nutrition and Dietetics , Bachelor, Amino acids supplementation and their redox role in immune cells, United Metropolitan University

Nutritional Science, PhD, Effects of free and dipeptide forms of L-glutamine supplementation on glutamine-GSH axis, immune-inflammatory responses and skeletal muscle protein signalling pathways in septic mice, University of Sao Paulo

Nutritional Science, Master, Effects of L-glutamine and L-alanyl-L-glutamine supplementation upon parameters of muscle damage and inflammation in trained rats submitted to intense aerobic exercise, University of Sao Paulo


  • RM Therapeutics. Pharmacology
  • QD Chemistry
  • QM Human anatomy
  • RS Pharmacy and materia medica
  • QP Physiology
  • R Medicine (General)


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