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Energy Balance and Cancer Research Retreat 2016

Save the Date: January 26, 2016 from 11:00 AM-6:00 PM in room CPB8 (rms 1-8)

Interested in helping to plan the retreat? The retreat planning committee is looking for members who are dedicated to developing and implementing the 2016 Energy Balance and Cancer Research Retreat. There are slots available for Postdoctoral Fellows and faculty members. If you are interested in becoming a part of the planning committee, please email us.

The goal of the retreat is to facilitate collaborations and brainstorm ideas for future Energy Balance research. 

The retreat features a keynote speaker as well as a plenary session with panel presentations, interactive poster sessions on focused topics, and a reception/general poster session.

The Energy Balance and Cancer Research Retreat is an excellent avenue to network and share your current work with other researchers.  We welcome the participation of researchers from MD Anderson and surrounding institutions, and invite submission of research abstracts for studies (ongoing and completed) in the following areas:

  1. Trials in cancer survivors and people at risk for cancer (particularly high risk populations) of the effect of physical activity, diet, or weight control interventions on (1) biomarkers of cancer initiation and promotion, prognosis, or survival; (2) prevention or remediation of lasting/late effects of cancer and its treatment; (3) behavior change, fitness, or weight management.
  2. Studies of the biological mechanisms underlying the relationships between physical activity, diet, weight status and cancer initiation, promotion, progression, and recurrence.
  3. Research on environmental, social, and/or biobehavioral mechanisms underlying weight changes (gain, loss, and maintenance of loss), eating behavior, and physical activity.
  4. Dissemination and implementation research on energy balance interventions for cancer survivors and healthy populations.




Energy Balance and Cancer Research Retreat 2014-Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Keynote Speaker Dr. Anne McTiernan

Anne McTiernan, MD, PhD is a member of the Division of Public Health Sciences at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle. She is also Research Professor in the University of Washington Schools of Public Health (Department of Epidemiology) and Medicine (Department of Medicine). Dr. McTiernan's research focuses on identifying ways to prevent new or recurrent cancer with a particular focus on weight control, physical activity, and chemoprevention. Dr. McTiernan has been the Principal Investigator in a number of randomized clinical trials and a cohort study focused on energy balance and cancer risk and survivorship, with funding from NCI, NIH, Komen, and the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.

2014 Program Agenda

We would like to highlight and congratulate our poster winners. Numerous exceptional posters were shown but the list below reflects our excellence in research awardees for the faculty, and trainee/staff categories.

Faculty Finalists

Abstract No.Submitting AuthorTitleInstitution
008Chaodong Wu, MD, PhDMyeloid cell-specific Circadian Clock Disruption Exacerbates Diet-induced Obesity and InflammationTexas A&M
0025Alexis Frazier-Wood, PhDBMI is associated with reaction time and working memory in 1292 UK 7-10 year oldsUT-SPH
0032Lorenzo Cohen, PhDBiobehavioral Effects of Lifestyle on Survival in Women with Stage III Breast CancerMD Anderson
0033David Fogelman, MDPrediction of weight loss in metastatic colorectal cancer patientsMD Anderson

Faculty Winner

Abstract No.Submitting AuthorTitleInstitution
0030Manasi Shah, MS & Carrie Daniel-MacDougall, PhDInflammation and obesity in metastatic colorectal cancer patient survivalMD Anderson

Trainee/Staff Finalists

Abstract No.Submitting AuthorTitleInstitution
0011Matthew Cox-Martin, PhDExamining mediating relationships in a study of physical activity among endometrial cancer survivorsMD Anderson
0014Qian Zhang, PhDCgrrf1 as a novel biomarker of tissue response to metformin in the context of obesityMD Anderson
0035Austin BigleyAcute exercise preferentially redeploys NK-cells with a highly-differentiated phenotype and augments cytotoxicity against lymphoma and multiple myeloma target cellsUH
0036Emily LaVoyExercise can enhance the expansion of cytotoxic T-cells specific to melanoma antigens: Implications for adoptive transfer immunotherapy?UH

Trainee/Staff Winner

Abstract No.Submitting AuthorTitleInstitution
0018Enrique Fuentes-Mattei, PhDObesity Induces Functional Transcriptomic Changes Enhancing the Energy Metabolism in Estrogen Receptor-Positive Breast CancerMD Anderson


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Mikhail Kolonin, PhD
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