Dr Montero joined the School of Public Health at the University of Hong Kong in 2020. Following a PhD with leading cardiovascular exercise physiologists in Avignon (France), he received postdoctoral training at the Cardiovascular Research Institute of Maastricht (Netherlands), the Zurich Center for Integrative Human Physiology and the Department of Cardiology at the University Hospital of Zurich (Switzerland). It was in the Alpine country when he consolidated his main scientific tenets with the compelling influence of Prof. Carsten Lundby, a preeminent exponent of the Scandinavian School of Exercise Physiology. In brief, Dr. Montero welcomes challenging questions, specifically those with the potential to arise the necessary intrinsic motivation to be enthusiastically immersed in them. Current research questions converge upon fundamental mechanisms underpinning adaptations in aerobic capacity, one of the strongest performance (endurance) and clinical (all-cause mortality) predictors. Embracing integrative approaches, his laboratory focuses on the interplay of cardiovascular, hematological and metabolic systems at their most relevant point, i.e., at peak work capacity. Exercise is implemented as means to magnify and thereby facilitate the understanding of key intertwined mechanisms of the human body in health and disease. The scope and impact of Dr. Montero’s research can be best appreciated by reading his publications.
- Diaz-Canestro C, Pentz B, Sehgal A, Montero D. Sex differences in cardiorespiratory fitness are explained by blood volume and oxygen carrying capacity. Cardiovasc Res. 2021.
- Diaz-Canestro C, Montero D. Unveiling women's powerhouse. Exp Physiol 2020.
- Lundby C, Montero D. Did you know - why does maximal oxygen uptake increase in humans following endurance exercise training? Acta Physiol (Oxf) 2019.
- Diaz-Canestro C, Montero D. Sex dimorphism of VO2max trainability: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Sports Medicine 2019.
- Montero D, Diaz-Canestro C, Oberholzer L, Lundby C. The role of blood volume in cardiac dysfunction and reduced exercise tolerance in patients with diabetes mellitus. Lancet Diabetes Endocrinol 2019.
- Montero D, Diaz-Canestro C. Body height is inversely associated with left ventricular end-diastolic pressure in heart failure with preserved ejection fraction. Eur J Prev Cardiol 2019.
- Montero D, Haider T, Flammer A. Erythropoietin response to anemia in heart failure. Eur J Prev Cardiol 2018.
- Montero D, Lundby, C. Regulation of red blood cell volume with exercise training. Compr Physiol 2018.
- Montero D, Lundby, C. Arterial O2 content regulates plasma erythropoietin independently of arterial O2 tension: a blinded crossover study. Kidney Int 2018.
- Montero D, Madsen K, Meinild-Lundby AK, Edin F, Lundby C. Sex dimorphism of substrate utilization: differences in skeletal muscle mitochondrial volume density and function. Exp Physiol 2018.
- Montero D, Breenfeldt-Andersen A, Oberholzer L, Haider T, Goetze JP, Meinild-Lundby AK, Lundby C. Erythropoiesis with endurance training: dynamics and mechanisms. Am J Physiol Regul Integr Comp 2017.
- Montero D, Lundby C, Ruschitzka F, Flammer A. True anemia ―red blood cell volume deficit― in heart failure: a systematic review. Circ Heart Fail 2017.
- Montero D, Flammer A. Exercise intolerance in heart failure with preserved ejection fraction: time to scrutinize diuretic therapy? Eur J Heart Fail 2017.
- Montero D, Lundby C. Refuting the myth of non-response to exercise training: ‘non-responders’ do respond to higher dose of training. J Physiol 2016.
- Montero D, Diaz-Cañestro C, Keiser S, Lundby C. Arterial stiffness is strongly and negatively associated with the total volume of red blood cells. Int J Cardiol 2016.
- Montero D, Houben AJ, Koster A, Muris DM, Schram MT, Gronenschild EH, Sep SJ, Henry RM, van der Kallen CJ, Schaper NC, Dagnelie PC, van Geel TA, Kremers SP, Savelberg HH, Stehouwer CD. Physical activity is associated with glucose tolerance independent of microvascular function: the Maastricht Study. JCEM 2016.
- Montero D, Rauber S, Goetze JP, Lundby C. Reduction in central venous pressure enhances erythropoietin synthesis: role of volume-regulating hormones. Acta Physiol (Oxf) 2016.
- Montero D, Cathomen A, Jacobs RA, Flück D, Leur J, Keiser S, Bonne T, Kirk N, Lundby AK, Lundby C. Haematological rather than skeletal muscle adaptations contribute to the increase in peak oxygen uptake induced by moderate endurance training. J Physiol 2015.
- Montero D, Diaz-Cañestro, C. Endurance training and VO2max with ageing: role of maximal cardiac output and oxygen extraction. Eur J Prev Cardiol 2015.
- Montero D, Diaz-Cañestro C. Maximal cardiac output in athletes: influence of age. Eur J Prev Cardiol 2014.
- Montero D, Padilla J, Diaz-Cañestro C, Muris DM, Pyke KE, Obert P, Walther G. Flow-mediated dilation in athletes: influence of aging. Med Sci Sports Exerc 2014.
- Montero D, Walther G, Perez-Martin A, Mercier CS, Gayrard S, Vicente-Salar N, Sempere JM, Martinez-Peinado P, Roche E, Vinet A. Effects of a lifestyle program on vascular reactivity in macro and microcirculation in severely obese adolescents. JCEM 2014.
Montero D, Walther G, Perez-Martin A, Vicente-Salar N, Roche E, Vinet A. Vascular smooth muscle function in type 2 diabetes mellitus: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Diabetologia 2013.