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Mission and Vision

Mission

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.  

Vision

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

December 12, 2014
Energy Balance Journal Club
Obesity and oral health, Is there an implication for cancer prevention and survival? 
Dr. Irene Tami-Maury
12:00-1:00 p.m.
FCT3 (rms 2 and 7)
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January 8, 2014
Studying Nutrition Today for the Health of Future Generations
FXR in intestine-liver cross talk 
Dr. Grace Guo (Host: Doug Burrin, PhD)
8:30-9:00 a.m.
Children's Nutrition Research Center, 1100 Bates St. Houston TX 77030
Howland Auditorium, 2nd Floor
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January 15, 2014
Studying Nutrition Today for the Health of Future Generations
Plant-based miRNAs in Consumers: The Varieties of Dietary Experiences 
Dr. Kendal Hirschi
8:30-9:00 a.m.
Children's Nutrition Research Center, 1100 Bates St. Houston TX 77030
Howland Auditorium, 2nd Floor
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January 22, 2014
Studying Nutrition Today for the Health of Future Generations
Muscle mitochondrial energetics in weight loss resistant obesity in mice and humans 
Dr. Mary-Ellen Harper (Host: Qiang Tong, PhD)
8:30-9:00 a.m.
Children's Nutrition Research Center, 1100 Bates St. Houston TX 77030
Howland Auditorium, 2nd Floor
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January 29, 2014
Studying Nutrition Today for the Health of Future Generations
A novel chemopreventive strategy based on production of therapeutic microRNAs in plants 
Dr. Vicki Vance (Host: Kendal Hirschi, PhD)
8:30-9:00 a.m.
Children's Nutrition Research Center, 1100 Bates St. Houston TX 77030
Howland Auditorium, 2nd Floor
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