Current Studies

Please check back frequently or follow our social media pages to learn when new exciting studies become available. If you have an energy balance study that you would like to advertise, please contact us.

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.


Healthy Eating & Active Lifestyles Together (HEALTH)

Description: A growing body of evidence supports the benefits of physical activity and healthy weight for reducing cancer risk and recurrence. HEALTH 4 Families and HEALTH 4 MD Anderson are two energy balance pilot research studies designed to educate and mobilize participants to adopt and maintain a healthy lifestyle through a healthy diet and regular physical activity. 

The studies use a multi-phase optimization strategy (MOST) design to test various intervention components: telephone coaching vs. email coaching, text messaging vs. no text messaging, social networking vs. no social networking and self-monitoring frequently vs. infrequently. The results will help us determine which intervention components are most effective in changing diet and physical activity behaviors in order for participants to maintain healthy lifestyles for cancer prevention and survivorship.

Who can participate in HEALTH 4 Families?

  • BRCA+ individuals and their family members who have internet access, a cell phone and are willing to send and receive text messages.
  • Individuals with Lynch syndrome and their family members who have internet access, a cell phone and are willing to send and receive text messages.

Who can participate in HEALTH 4 MD Anderson?

  • MD Anderson employees capable of participating in moderate to vigorous exercise who have internet access, a cell phone and are willing to send and receive text messages.

Study procedures include:
• Height, weight and waist measurements.
• Completing questionnaires.
• Receiving educational materials each week.

Benefits include:

  • Receiving a Fitbit One at no cost.
  • Learning how to lead a healthy lifestyle to help reduce your risk for cancer.
  • Contributing information to cancer prevention and survivorship research.

Recruiter Contact Info: 713-745-0109 or

Active Living after Breast Cancer (ALABC)

Description: Active Living after Breast Cancer is a Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT) funded program to improve the overall quality of life of sedentary breast cancer survivors in the Houston area by promoting physical activity and providing support and service navigation for survivorship issues. The program consists of 12 sessions plus a reunion session 2 months after the end of the program cohort. Each session is comprised of cognitive and behavioral skills training related to increasing physical activity, moderate intensity physical activity (to teach the intensity of the short bouts of activity we want participants to implement) and a guided discussion of the survivorship topic.

Who can participate in Active Living after breast cancer?
• Previous diagnosis of breast cancer
• Not be receiving chemotherapy or radiation for breast cancer at this time

Benefits include:

  • Reduce risk of breast cancer recurrence 
  • Reduce fatigue and stress
  • Improve strength

To Register, call: 713-442-1231 or 713-442-1216 (Hablamos Español)


ALABC Flyer (English) (Spanish) 

Active Living after Breast Cancer (ALABC) in the news:

Breast cancer survivors get active together




Project GOAL

Are you interested in exercising or being physically active?  We need participants to complete an online survey that examines how and why people engage in exercise routines.  Participants should be over 18 years or older and should be physically capable of exercising. Click here to participate and complete this online survey.  Direct any questions or comments to Dr. Matthew Cox at


Project LEAP

Description: Project LEAP (Lowering endometrial cancer risk through activity, nutrition, and preventive medicines) is a study aimed at overweight, post-menopausal women between the ages of 50 and 65. Our study’s goals are to determine if we are able to decrease the risk of endometrial cancer through a lifestyle and drug intervention. Our lifestyle intervention includes weekly meetings with a dietitian and supervised exercise sessions twice per week. Flyer

Who is eligible?

  • Women between 50 and 65 years of age
  • Post-menopausal (no period for one year or longer)
  • Women who have serious weight problems

What is involved in participating?

  • Telephone interview
  • Blood test, endometrial sampling, questionnaires, and body composition measurements (at beginning of study and at 4 months)
  • Four month program with metformin/placebo lifestyle intervention (for some participants) or both


  • Potentially increasing your physical activity and improving your diet
  • Receive at least 2 meetings with a dietician
  • Contribute valuable information to medical research

Recruiter Contact Info: 713-792-5039 or


Games for Health

Description: To understand how to help children eat healthier and be more physically active. 

Who is eligible?

  • Children ages 10-12

What is involved in participating?

  • Must play two "Games for Health" video games 
  • Give 3 blood samples

Benefits: Helping researchers understand the factors that influence physical activity and eating behaviors in children

Recruiter Contact Info: Marilyn Navarette at Baylor College of Medicine: 713-798-7002 or


Project MB-EAT

Description: The goal of this study is to learn more about the bacteria found in the digestive tract and if these bacteria influence the brain’s response to food images and eating behavior.

Who is eligible?

  • Ages 21-55
  • English Speaking
  • With telephone and/or Internet access

What is involved in participating?

  • Height and Weight Measurements
  • Questionnaires
  • Brain Activity Monitoring
  • Collection of Biological samples

Benefits: Helping researchers understand issues around food and weight control

Recruiter Contact Info:  If interested Call 713-794-5494 or email


Steps to Health

Description: The goal of this study is to gather feedback from healthcare providers about a mobile phone application (app) and text message program that may help to promote more exercise in cancer survivors, and how this application could be integrated into clinical practice.

Who is eligible?

  • A physician or mid-level provider who has been personally involved in cancer survivorship care for at least one year
  • Employed by a comprehensive cancer center or a community oncology setting
  • Able to speak and read English

What is involved in participating?

  • Participate in one interview (up to 1 hour) held either in person or over the phone.

Study Contact Info: 713-745-4268 or

Upcoming Events

May 19, 2016
Energy Balance Research Seminar
Bionutrition Research Core and PROPSR
Christine Ranieri, MS, RD and Carrie Howard, MA, MBA

12-1 p.m.