Dr Amanda Veiga Sardeli PhD

Amanda Sardeli

Institute of Inflammation and Ageing
Research Fellow

Contact details

Institute of Inflammation and Ageing
College of Medical and Dental Sciences
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

Dr Sardeli, trained as an exercise physiologist, research about the clinical benefits and risks of different types of physical exercise on older adults with and without chronic diseases.

She became recognised for her expertise in systematic review and meta-analysis, due to the simple method that she developed to allow researchers and students to produce their own research papers in a time efficient manner.

She is currently investigating to which extend what is known by ageing of the immune system could be just an effect of reduction in physical activity with ageing. In parallel, she also investigates the potential benefits of exercise during upper respiratory infections.


  • PhD in Gerontology, University of Campinas, Campinas, Brazil, 2019
  • MSc in Gerontology, University of Campinas, Campinas, Brazil, 2015
  • BA in Physical Education, METROCAMP, Campinas, Brazil, 2010


Amanda Sardeli graduated in Physical Education in 2010, and since then has collaborated in the Laboratory of Exercise Physiology (FISEX) at the School of Physical Education of UNICAMP (Brazil). Along her Master and PhD studies, at the School of Medical Sciences (UNICAMP), in Gerontology she also participated in international exchanges, undergoing leadership training in Viborg (Denmark), a research laboratory internship in KU Leuven (Belgium) and one-year exchange doctorate program at the Laboratory of Human Physiology at UIC (Chicago-USA). Meanwhile, she also became a specialist in systematic review and meta-analysis, supporting other researchers in the field.

Now as a Newton International Postdoctoral Fellow, she is investigating the effects of exercise on immune system and cell senescence at the Institute of Inflammation and Ageing, in the University of Birmingham (UK). In parallel, she is still collaborating in Brazil and teaching her practical systematic review and meta-analysis course, in CPD format, at The University of Birmingham.


University of Birmingham

  • CPD Lead: Systematic review and meta-analysis techniques made easy for impactful publication (CoMDS)
  • SGT Module: Infection, Immunity and Haematology (MBChB)
  • SGT Module: Clinical effects of Physical activity on older adults` health (MBChB)
  • Research Taster: Effects of long-life exercise on ageing
  • Module Lead: Systematic Review and Meta-analysis

University of Campinas (UNICAMP - Brazil)

  • Module Co-Lead: Adaptation of organic systems with exercise training
  • Module Co-Lead: Aging Process and Physical Education
  • Module Co-Lead: Physical Activity for special groups
  • Module Co-Lead: Scientific Writing

Postgraduate supervision

1st supervisor:

  • BSc students (3)

2nd supervisor:

  • BSc students (9)
  • MSc students (9)


Dr Sardeli has a broad interest about what are the ideal exercise training protocols to improve health outcomes in a variety of special older adult populations. She is now focusing in the older adults immunity, looking for how physical activity can delay the ageing of immune system as well as affect systemic ageing.

Given the complexity and heterogeneity of older adults’ health, a lot of Amanda's previous work has been done by integrative analysis of the literature (by systematic review and meta-analysis) and testing exercise interventions. She believes there is a huge number of good quality evidence on scientific journals that never reach society or the public health policies because even the researchers do not know how to handle this excess of information. By organizing this information, it is possible to design much better projects and improve the precision of the research hypothesis. Because of the development of practical teaching methods to instruct researchers and students, she became a specialist and have been supporting other researchers in the field to build their meta-analyses. 

Current projects:

  • Understanding the influence of physical activity on ageing processes (Newton International fellowship – The Royal Society)
  • Does physical activity improve T cell function by improving T-cell mitochondria biogenesis and its metabolism in older adults?
  • How exercise influence symptoms duration and severity during viral infections (University of Campinas, Brazil)

Other activities

Research support for Systematic Review and Meta-analysis.


Recent publications


Tullie, S, Nicholson, T, Bishop, J, McGee, K, Asiri, A, Sullivan, J, Chen, Y-Y, Veiga Sardeli, A, Belli, T, Harrison, P, Moiemen, N, Lord, J & Hazeldine, J 2024, 'Severe thermal and major traumatic injury results in elevated plasma concentrations of total heme that are associated with poor clinical outcomes and systemic immune suppression', Frontiers in immunology, vol. 15, 1416820. https://doi.org/10.3389/fimmu.2024.1416820

Mateus, KCDS, Bonfante, ILP, Sardeli, AV, Duft, RG, Gáspari, AF, Trombeta, JCDS, Morari, J, Rodrigues, B, Torsoni, MA, Chacon-Mikahil, MPT, Velloso, LA & Cavaglieri, CR 2023, 'Effects of Different Exercise Types on Chrna7 and Chrfam7a Expression in Healthy Normal Weight and Overweight Type 2 Diabetic Adults', Biomedicines, vol. 11, no. 2, 565. https://doi.org/10.3390/biomedicines11020565

Nacarato, D, Veiga Sardeli, A, Mariano, LO & Chacon-Mikahil, MPT 2022, 'Cardiovascular telerehabilitation improves functional capacity, cardiorespiratory fitness and quality of life in older adults: A systematic review and meta-analysis', Journal of Telemedicine and Telecare. https://doi.org/10.1177/1357633x221137626

Veiga Sardeli, A, Gaspari, AF, Santos, WMD, Araújo, AAD, Angelis, KD, Mariano, LO, Cavaglieri, CR, Fernhall, B & Chacon-Mikahil, MPT 2022, 'Comprehensive time-course effects of combined training on hypertensive older adults: a randomized control trial', International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, vol. 19, no. 17, 11042. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph191711042

Veiga Sardeli, A, Castro, A, Gadelha, VB, Santos, WMD, Lord, J, Cavaglieri, CR & Chacon-Mikahil, MPT 2022, 'Metabolomic response along 16 weeks of combined aerobic and resistance exercise training in older women with metabolic syndrome', Metabolites, vol. 12, no. 11, 1041. https://doi.org/10.3390/metabo12111041

Lapo, H, Chacon-Mikahil, MPT & Veiga Sardeli, A 2022, 'Pre-competitive overload period impairs parasympathetic modulation in athletes: A systematic review and meta-analysis', Physiology and Behavior, vol. 250, 113780. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.physbeh.2022.113780

Ponsoni, A, Veiga Sardeli, A, Costa, FP & Mourão, LF 2022, 'Prevalence of sarcopenia in Parkinson's disease: a systematic review and meta-analysis', Geriatric Nursing, vol. 49, pp. 44-49. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.gerinurse.2022.11.006

Santos, WMD, Veiga Sardeli, A, Moraes, DFG, Gadelha, VB, Gaspari, AF, Cavaglieri, CR, Middleton, L & Chacon-Mikahil, MPT 2022, 'The Effect of Combined Exercise Versus Aerobic Exercise on Cognition and Mood among Hypertensive Older Adults: Randomized Clinical Trial', Health Science Journal, vol. 16, no. 1, 909. https://doi.org/10.36648/1791-809X.16.1.909

Review article

Ma, Y, Barnes, SP, Chen, Y-Y, Moiemen, N, Lord, J & Veiga Sardeli, A 2024, 'Influence of scar age, laser type and laser treatment intervals on paediatric burn scars: A systematic review and meta-analysis', Burns & Trauma, vol. 12, tkad046. https://doi.org/10.1093/burnst/tkad046

Ma, Y, Barnes, SP, Chen, Y-Y, Moiemen, NS, Lord, JM & Sardeli, AV 2023, 'Influence of scar age, laser type and laser treatment intervals on adult burn scars: A systematic review and meta-analysis', PLoS ONE, vol. 18, no. 9, e0292097. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0292097

Kankam, H, Lee, KC, Veiga Sardeli, A, Dretzke, J, Lord, J & Moiemen, N 2022, 'Acute burn injuries associated with long-term mortality: a systematic review and meta-analysis', Burns, vol. 2022, pp. 1-11. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.burns.2022.06.009

Almeida, HM, Veiga Sardeli, A, Conway, J, Duggal, N & Cavaglieri, CR 2022, 'Comparison between frail and non-frail older adults' gut microbiota: a systematic review and meta-analysis', Ageing Research Reviews, vol. 82, 101773. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.arr.2022.101773

Veiga Sardeli, A, Mori, MA & Lord, J 2022, 'Effect of exercise on acute senescent lymphocyte counts: a systematic review and meta-analysis', Gerontology. https://doi.org/10.1159/000520528

Araujo, R, Chacon-Mikahil, MPT, Lord, J & Veiga Sardeli, A 2022, 'Exercise effect on symptom severity, morbidity and mortality in viral infections: a systematic review and meta-analysis', Exercise Immunology Review, vol. 28, pp. 133-140. <http://eir-isei.de/2022/eir-2022-133-article.pdf>

Prado, GHJD, Veiga Sardeli, A, Lord, J & Cavaglieri, CR 2022, 'The effects of ageing, BMI and physical activity on blood IL-15 levels: a systematic review and meta-analyses', Experimental gerontology, vol. 168, 111933. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.exger.2022.111933

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