Introduction to Exercise and Cancer Survivorship

Los Angeles, California

Instructor: Christina M. Dieli-Conwright, PhD, CSCS, Assistant Professor of Research

Christina M. Dieli-Conwright is a clinical exercise physiologist and the Director of the Women’s Health and Exercise Laboratory (WHEL) in the Division of Biokinesiology and Physical Therapy at the University of Southern California. She conducts research spanning the spectrum from basic to clinical and translational science with a concentration on cardiometabolic risk factors and obesity in cancer survivors. Her work is focused on studying the effects of cancer diagnosis and treatment on changes in body composition and metabolic dysregulation, and further, how clinical exercise interventions may improve metabolic disease risk and cancer prognosis. Additionally, Dr. Dieli-Conwright examines cardiometabolic diseases in minority cancer survivors and utilizes lifestyle interventions to reduce the onset of comorbidities that are more prevalent in minority cancer survivors. Thus far, her work has focused on breast cancer, as she currently leads clinical trials examining the effects of exercise on body composition, metabolic syndrome, and cardiac function. She also leads investigations in endometrial, colorectal, and prostate cancer with a focus on metabolic dysregulation. Dr. Dieli-Conwright has a history of funding from the NCI and foundation grants. She completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the City of Hope National Medical Center after completing her PhD in Biokinesiology from USC.


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