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Projects Currently Underway

Complementary and Alternative Medicines: Perception and Use in Cancer Patients: The CAMPUS Study – an NBRI pilot project

Practitioners of conventional medicine are confronted with a rising uptake of complementary and alternative medicine use in their patients. Recent data suggests that up to 90% of cancer patients will utilise some form of CAM-based therapy at some stage of their journey, however, many do not disclose their use of such therapies to their medical practitioners despite potential adverse effects and interaction with conventional medicines. Contemporary data on the extent of use and community perception of these therapies is lacking, and as such we aim to answer these key questions through a community-based survey study. The protocol is currently under ethics review. 

Choosing Healthy Eating Choices and Keeping active for Men having the Androgen Therapy Experience (CheckMate) : Evaluating the effect of diet and exercise interventions for men on ADT – In collaboration with Australian Prostate Centre (APC)

The aim of this pilot is to measure the effectiveness of personalised dietary recommendations both alone and in conjunction with a personalised exercise program against a control group for men on Androgen Deprivation Therapy (ADT).

Food sensitivities and intolerances – In collaboration with Maastricht University

There appears to be a growing incidence of health conditions associated with food sensitivities and intolerances.  The aim of this project is to measure the concentrations of various dietary factors that have been associated with these potential sensitivities using large dietary databases collected from population studies across the globe.

Systematic review and meta-analysis on vitamin D and risk of cancer

The role of vitamin D in health and developing cancer is quite controversial (see blog) The aim of this project is to assess all the available scientific evidence to determine if there may be a link between this vitamin and risk of cancer, and if so, does this differ between cancer types? Are some people more at risk than others and is there an optimal level of vitamin D?

Upcoming Projects

Glioblastoma Management

Optimal Dietary Management of Brain Tumours – GBM Focus

Breast Cancer Risk

Dietary Patterns and Breast Cancer

Colorectal Cancer

Colorectal Cancer and Key Nutrients

Mental Health

Nutritional Psychology – Dietary Patterns and Mental Health Outcomes

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