Navigating Survivorship
Navigating Survivorship
August 22, 2020
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Grants fund research into effects of healthy lifestyles on cancer prevention, survivorship

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American Institute for Cancer Research awarded approximately $1.3 million in grants to support eight projects intended to improve the understanding of the effects of lifestyle factors on cancer prevention and survivorship.

“Despite all the progress that has been made, there is still so much that we need to know about how diet, nutrition, physical activity and body weight affect cancer risk and outcomes,” Nigel Brockton, PhD, the institute’s vice president of research, said in a press release. “Insights from the research that we fund will help us target cancer prevention more effectively, improve survivorship and push our knowledge into new frontiers. ... Each of these studies will push the boundaries of our understanding, create new opportunities and continue to change the way the medical and scientific communities approach cancer prevention and survivorship.”

Grant recipients and their projects are:

  • Dean Bacich, PhD, of The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio — Dietary folate intervention to modify recurrent prostate cancer progression;
  • Brenda Birmann, ScD, of Brigham and Women’s Hospital — Diet and physical activity in the etiology of non-Hodgkin lymphoma, major NHL subtypes and multiple myeloma;
  • Justin Brown, PhD, of Pennington Biomedical Research Center — The effects of aerobic exercise on circulating cell-free DNA in patients with stage I to stage III colon cancer;
  • Elizabeth Feliciano, ScD, of Kaiser Foundation Research Institute — Healthful dietary patterns, intermediate biomarkers and long-term breast cancer prognosis;
  • Martin Lajous, MD, ScD, of Instituto Nacional de Salud Publica — Lifestyle and breast cancer risk among Mexican women;
  • K. Sandeep Prabhu, MSc, PhD, of The Pennsylvania State University — Targeting of leukemia stem cells via activation of GPR44 by dietary selenium;
  • Connie Rogers, PhD, MPH, of The Pennsylvania State University — Is weight loss achieved via energy restriction, exercise or the combination effective in reducing obesity-induced increases in mammary tumor growth and metastatic progression, and are these changes mediated by immune modulation?; and
  • Kathryn Schmitz, PhD, MPH, of Penn State College of Medicine — Nurse AMIE, a tablet-based supportive care platform in metastatic breast cancer.