What our women in science are discovering

The 11th of February is the International Day for Women and Girls in Science, and we want to spend the whole month promoting the achievements of our women scientists.

As part of our celebrations we have developed a blog series that profiles the work of our female researchers (read the first and second blog). In today’s blog, we’re highlighting some of the research aims of our women in science.

Lifestyle and colorectal cancer

Eline van Roekel and José Breedveld-Peters are aiming to improve the health and well-being of colorectal cancer survivors. Their current research is investigating how sedentary behaviour and physical activity, as well as diet and body composition, affect the quality of life of colorectal cancer survivors. They want to not only understand the association between these factors, but also to unravel the underlying biological processes. 

Eline commented: “Persistent fatigue is one of the most distressing problems among colorectal cancer survivors, but the underlying biological processes that cause these complaints are still relatively unknown. Moreover, it is unknown why sedentary behaviour and physical activity can influence fatigue levels and my aim is to generate insight into these underlying processes. My ambition is to use my research findings to develop effective tailored interventions and guidelines to reduce fatigue complaints in colorectal cancer survivors.”   

Can wearable technology help breast cancer survivors? 

Brigid Lynch is working to find out how physical activity and sedentary behaviour might affect prognosis after a diagnosis of cancer. Her trial uses wearable fitness trackers to help increase physical activity and reduce sedentary behaviour among breast cancer survivors.  Brigid said: “This trial is ongoing, but we have had excellent adherence within the study to date.  Anecdotally, the women taking part in the trial really like using the fitness bands, and say they are really helpful.  We will have the final results from this trial by the end of 2017.”

Our women’s key research goals:

We interviewed some of the women scientists based at our London office about the main aims of their work:

Lucy Eccles | 16 February 2017

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