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Mission and Vision


The Center for Energy Balance in Cancer Prevention and Survivorship facilitates and conducts state-of-the-science research to understand the relationships between physical activity, nutrition, obesity, and cancer, and uses this knowledge to optimize interventions to decrease cancer risk and improve cancer outcomes.  


We envision that MD Anderson will be a premier center for energy balance research, producing and disseminating innovative and practice-changing research results.  

Initial Focus Areas

  • Trials in cancer survivors of the effect of physical activity, diet, and weight control interventions on (1) biomarkers of prognosis and survival (PAR 12-228 and PAR 12-229); (2) prevention or remediation of lasting/late effects of cancer and its treatment.
  • Trials in people at risk of cancer (particularly high risk populations) to test the effect of physical activity/exercise, diet, and weight on biomarkers related to cancer initiation, alone or in combination with chemopreventive agents.
  • Studies of the biological mechanisms underlying the relationships between physical activity, diet, weight status and cancer initiation, promotion, progression, and recurrence.
  • Dissemination and implementation research on energy balance interventions for cancer survivors and at risk populations, including technology-based interventions delivered in health care settings.
  • Research on biobehavioral mechanisms underlying weight changes (gain, loss, and maintenance of loss), eating behavior, and physical activity.

Upcoming Events

November 14, 2014
Energy Balance Journal Club
The Not-So-Sweet Impact of Artificial Sweeteners: Artificial sweeteners induce glucose intolerance by altering the gut microbiota
Dr. Oksana Zagorodna
12:00-1:00 p.m.
ACB8.2680 A&B
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