Body Composition and Cancer Outcomes Research Webinar Series

The purpose of the Body Composition and Cancer Outcomes Research webinar series is to provide an opportunity for researchers and other interested individuals to share lessons learned, new methodologies, and new research integrating measures of body composition in cancer epidemiology research. This series is hosted by the Epidemiology and Genomics Research Program.

All interested individuals are invited to participate, however pre-registration is required. Each presentation will be about 30-40 minutes in length to allow for 20-30 minutes of discussion. Instructions for connecting to the webinars will be sent via e-mail to individuals who register.

Upcoming Topics and Speakers

Apr 15 2021

Body Composition in Cancer Epidemiology: Assessment, Associations and Future Directions

3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. ET

Elizabeth Feliciano, ScD, MScExternal Web Site Policy
Kaiser Permanente Northern California

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Dr. Feliciano will present an overview of her research examining body composition as an important risk factor for short- and long-term outcomes after a cancer diagnosis. She will also discuss important questions surrounding this issue, including the biologic mechanisms that underlie these relationships, developing safe and accurate measures of body composition for use in the clinic, and how patient body composition is most relevant to clinical care.

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Past Topics and Speakers

2021

Mar 11 2021

Defining and Managing Cachexia at the Individual Level

3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. ET

Marcus DaSilva Goncalves, M.D., Ph.D.External Web Site Policy
Weill Cornell Medical College

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Dr. Goncalves presented an overview of his clinical work assessing and managing cachexia in cancer patients. He used specific case examples and retrospective data to highlight potential weight management strategies.


Feb 11 2021

Body Composition and Treatment-Related Toxicities

3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. ET

Michael Sawyer, M.D., B.Sc. PharmacyExternal Web Site Policy
Medical Oncologist and Clinical Pharmacologist, Cross Cancer Institute
Professor, Department of Oncology, Division of Medical Oncology, University of Alberta

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Dr. Sawyer presented an overview of research describing how body composition contributes to treatment-related toxicities in cancer patients. Implications for drug dosing and metabolism were discussed.

Body Composition and Treatment-Related Toxicities

Jan 14 2021

Investigating the BMI Paradox in Kidney Cancer

3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. ET

Helena Furberg, MSPH, Ph.D.External Web Site Policy
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

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Dr. Furberg discussed the body mass index (BMI) paradox in kidney cancer- where patients who have high BMI at diagnosis survive longer than patients who are classified as normal weight. She highlighted the research her group is doing related to the molecular underpinnings of this association and also described the RESOLVE Study which refines BMI into body composition features and transcriptomically profiles tumors from more than 1,000 kidney cancer patients treated at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center to more accurately identify patients at highest mortality risk.

Investigating the BMI Paradox in Kidney Cancer

2020

Dec 17 2020

Automating Body Composition from Routinely Acquired CT images-towards 3D measurements

3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. ET

Mirza Faisal Beg, Ph.D., P.EngExternal Web Site Policy
Simon Fraser University

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Dr. Beg presented recent developments in automating body composition measurements from CT scans and discussed applications for research.

Automating Body Composition from Routinely Acquired CT images-towards 3D measurements

Nov 12 2020

Sarcopenia and Cancer Survival: Findings, Gaps, and Future Research

3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. ET

Bette J. Caan, Dr.P.H.External Web Site Policy
Senior Research Scientist and Nutritional Epidemiologist
Kaiser Permanente Northern California, Division of Research

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Dr. Caan presented an overview of the work to date on sarcopenia (loss of skeletal muscle mass and/or function) and cancer outcomes. She discussed methodological challenges and existing research gaps and identify future directions.

Sarcopenia and Cancer Survival: Findings, Gaps, and Future Research

Previous Body Composition and Cancer Webinar Series

A previous series of webinars, hosted by Dr. Bette Caan of Kaiser Permanente Northern California Division of Research, was held from 2018-2020.

Contact Us

We welcome questions about individual webinars or the series.

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