Beyond the Test Tube: Translating Research Results into Action

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Dr. June Stevens is the American Institute for Cancer Research/World Cancer Research Fund Distinguished Professor at the AICR/WCRF Institute for the Advanced Study of Diet, Nutrition and Cancer at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  She oversees AICR’s Marilyn Gentry Fellowship Program, which seeks to develop tomorrow’s leaders in nutrition-cancer research.

Last week, she chaired a session at the 2009 AICR Research Conference called, “From Policy to Action in Cancer Prevention.” We caught up with her at lunch to ask her about the session, and about the research that’s revealing how best to translate the findings from laboratory studies and clinical trials into practical, actionable advice for the public.

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    From the Poster Session: Meet the AICR Grantees

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    Several AICR-funded researchers came to our conference last week to present their latest findings in the poster session:

    Dr. Emmanuel T. Akporiaye of the Robert W. Franz Cancer Research Center in Portland, Oregon, updated us on the progress of his grant examining the effect of a derivative of vitamin E on breast cancer tumors. (Earlier this year, we profiled Dr. A in AICR’s biweekly e-newsletter Cancer Research Update.  A longer version of that interview appeared in this Summer’s AICR ScienceNow newsletter.)

    AICR Grantee Emmanuel Akporiaye Dr. Nameer B. Kirma of the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio presented data from his work with soy components and breast cancer.
    AICR Grantee Nameer Kirma

    Dr. Meghan M. Mensack is using an AICR grant at the Colorado State University to study the anti-cancer potential of the common bean (Phaseolus vulgaris L)

    AICR Grantee Meghan Mensack

    Lots more AICR-funded scientists, after the jump.

    Read more… “From the Poster Session: Meet the AICR Grantees”

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      Should Cancer Survivors Exercise?

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      Is it important for cancer survivors to exercise?  Dr. Melinda Irwin summarized observational studies which all showed a decreased risk of cancer recurrence with physical activity.  The good news is that all levels of exercise showed benefit.  Those who met the U.S. physical activity guidelines showed greatest benefits.  So – grab your sneakers and take a walk!

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