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Canada Research Chair renewal for Kerry Courneya
Date:10/25/2011

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The research team hopes to randomize 962 colon cancer survivors from 20 cancer centres across Canada and 10 across Australia into the study.

In addition, he'll be co-leading the ground-breaking AMBER study a CIHR (Canada Institutes of Health Research) team grant, focusing on physical activity and breast cancer survivorship which shortly begins recruiting 1500 newly-diagnosed breast cancer survivors. "This is the first study to have physical activity and fitness at its core," says Courneya. "Most studies might have a self-reported physical activity component but this one is grounded in physical activity and fitness and built around it".

"As such, components of the study including maximal exercise testing in cardio-respiratory fitness, maximal strength testing, muscular endurance testing, body composition assessment, and accelerometers to give us an objective measure of active and sedentary behaviours."

Courneya is also involved in the BETA trial, led by Christine Friedenreich, which will randomize 400 post-menopausal women into a supervised exercise intervention for a year looking at bio-marker risk factors for breast cancer in women who are at high risk for the disease. It, too, is the largest study to do so.

Courneya may be a busy researcher, but, with more time for research afforded by the CRC, he's also supervising a large cohort of graduate students. There's no question, they benefit too.

"The additional support for research afforded by the CRC funding means more support for graduate students in the lab and the ability to take on more students and it gives me more time to interact with them in developing their research programs," says Courneya, adding that's an added attraction for potential graduate students interested in this field too.

With a slate of projects in progress that will take him well beyond his second term as a CRC, Courneya is looking forward to the brand new Alberta Institute fo
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Contact: Jane Hurly
jane.hurly@ualberta.ca
780-492-6821
University of Alberta - Faculty of Physical Education and Recreation
Source:Eurekalert

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