The K05 award will provide Dr. Leslie Bernstein with 40% protected time (20% research, 20% mentoring) to pursue research with mentees on associations between physical activity and body size (using height, weight, waist and hip measurements, independently, and various ratio measures like body mass index, waist-hip ratio, and waist-height ratio) and risk of breast, endometrial, ovarian, lung, colon, pancreas, bladder, rectal and thyroid cancer, non-Hodgkin's lymphoma and melanoma. Dr. Bernstein has a long successful career mentoring students (undergraduate, MS, PHD) and postdoctoral fellows, clinical fellows, and junior faculty at the University of Southern California (USC). At the City of Hope, Dr. Bernstein will focus on mentoring junior faculty and postdoctoral fellows within the Departments of Population Sciences, Medical Oncology, and Surgical Oncology to encourage their pursuit of questions in cancer prevention and control. She will continue mentoring PhD and MS students at USC where she is Professor Emerita, and MPH and PhD students at the Claremont Graduate University's new School of Community and Global Health. The research goal is to encourage mentees to focus on risk factors for cancer development or prognosis that are amenable to lifestyle intervention and to consider how those interventions might be implemented in a population. Specific mentoring goals are to foster mentees career advancement;provide opportunities for growth in cancer etiology and prevention;promote understanding of organizational cultures;guide development of research networks to facilitate career goals;and advise on how to prioritize and be efficient. Mentees will pursue new, unfunded areas of research under the Dr. Bernstein's careful guidance using the California Teachers Study cohort (CA077398, 6/1/04-5/31/09, Bernstein, PI) of 133,479 women followed for incident cancers since 1995. Cohort participants have completed 4 questionnaires thus far and have unique characteristics which include few smokers (5%), access to health care, high use of hormone therapy, diverse socioeconomic status and residential backgrounds, and unique reproductive histories. Mentees will work with Dr. Bernstein to pursue questions on the interaction between physical activity and body size measures to define risk and prognosis for breast cancer overall and by subtype, and where sufficient numbers exist, a series of other cancers. Further mentees will work to develop an approach to expand data collection in a cohort of breast cancer survivors and develop similar research efforts for colon and endometrial cancer survivors to study how changes in physical activity and body weight affect survival and how these lifestyle practices are associated with diet, use of complementary medicines, fatigue, depression, and quality of life.

Agency
National Institute of Health (NIH)
Institute
National Cancer Institute (NCI)
Type
Research Scientist Award (K05)
Project #
5K05CA136967-04
Application #
8305985
Study Section
Subcommittee G - Education (NCI)
Program Officer
Perkins, Susan N
Project Start
2009-09-09
Project End
2014-08-31
Budget Start
2012-09-01
Budget End
2013-08-31
Support Year
4
Fiscal Year
2012
Total Cost
$137,885
Indirect Cost
$10,214
Name
City of Hope/Beckman Research Institute
Department
Type
DUNS #
027176833
City
Duarte
State
CA
Country
United States
Zip Code
91010
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