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CIHR team grant to fund multidisciplinary breast cancer survivorship studies
Date:7/27/2010

Over the next five years, a diverse, multi-disciplinary team of researchers led by Dr. Kerry Courneya of the University of Alberta and Dr. Christine Friedenreich of Alberta Health Services will conduct a series of five large research projects to probe the impacts of physical activity on breast cancer thanks to a $2.5 million team grant over five years from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR).

Courneya's team is one of just four across Canada to be awarded a CIHR team grant, and the only team from the University of Alberta to do so.

A Canada Research Chair in Physical Activity and Cancer since 2004, Courneya has been making breakthroughs in the field of physical activity and cancer field for over a decade. This grant gives his team the opportunity to take their work down new paths and using different approaches thanks to a large, diverse research cohort. Courneya will be working in concert with researchers from the U of A, University of Calgary, Athabasca University and Alberta Health Services whose expertise spans behavioural medicine, psychology, epidemiology, endocrinology, medical oncology, exercise physiology, physiotherapy and bio-statistics.

"The really novel aspect of this study is the link between physical activity and fitness, and disease outcomes. There has been limited research examining those outcomes. Women who survive breast cancer are at greater risk for breast cancer recurrence, second cancers, cardiac dysfunction, weight gain, bone loss, lymphedema, joint pain; they complain of cognitive dysfunction, menopausal symptoms, fatigue; some report psychosocial distress.

The five research projects will focus on the potential role of physical activity and health-related fitness in facilitating treatment completion, alleviating treatment side effects, hastening recovery after treatments, improving long term quality of life and reducing the risks of disease recurrence, other chronic diseases, and prema
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Contact: Jane Hurly
jane.hurly@ualberta.ca
780-492-6821
University of Alberta - Faculty of Physical Education and Recreation
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