Population Sciences to Develop Survivorship Program and Advance Research

As associate director of population sciences at the Penn State Cancer Institute, Kathryn H. Schmitz, PhD, MPH, is creating a thriving survivorship program. This program dovetails with Dr. Schmitz’s interest in clinical care and research combining exercise training and nutritional counseling in a behavioral oncology clinic. As such, she plans to conduct several studies on the effects of exercise on chemotoxicity in cancer patients.

Kathryn Schmitz, PhD, seated, and her team demonstrate the equipment available in the Exercise Medicine Unit.
Kathryn Schmitz, PhD, seated, and her team demonstrate the equipment available in the Exercise Medicine Unit.

“One of the most exciting things to me about the Penn State Cancer Institute is the environment of openness and excitement about combining changes in clinical care with research enterprises,” Dr. Schmitz states. In shaping her research strategy for Penn State Cancer Institute, Dr. Schmitz plans to draw on her prior experience studying the effects of exercise on women with elevated risk for breast cancer.1 She also transferred her Transdisciplinary Research on Energetics and Cancer (TREC) Center grant, an open IRB protocol, from the University of Pennsylvania to Penn State Cancer Institute. The TREC initiative is a scientific research program created by the National Cancer Institute in 2005 to reduce cancers associated with obesity, poor diet and low levels of physical activity.2 Continue reading “Population Sciences to Develop Survivorship Program and Advance Research”