Congratulations: Dr Camille Short and Co-Investigators on “Below the Belt Research” grant

The Centre congratulates NHMRC Early Career Research Fellow Dr Camille Short and co-investigators on being awarded a Below the Belt Research Grant from the Australian and New Zealand Urogenital and Prostate (ANZUP) Cancer Trials Group Foundation. ANZUP supports clinical trials research to improve treatment of bladder, kidney, prostate and testicular cancers. With the support of the Below the Belt Pedalthon, ANZUP operates the Below the Belt Research Fund to support investigator initiated studies.

Physical activity has been shown to improve both the physical and mental health of men with metastatic prostate cancer. It has also been suggested that men may be more likely to adhere to a physical activity interventions than psychological interventions, since the performance of physical activity and the outcomes associated with it (building strength and endurance) align with traditional
masculine values. However, a key challenge is providing physical activity support to men in a way that is easily accessible and affordable, while also individualised, evidence-based and safe. The Centre (Dr Short et al) recent reviewed existing websites (n = 50) offering physical activity advice to men with prostate cancer and found that most publically available sites are of poor quality; no existing sites offer comprehensive behaviour change support, or personalised information suitable for men with
prostate cancer, and especially not for those with advanced or metastatic disease.This study will address this issue by developing and piloting evidence-based physical activity advice through an innovative web-based platform.

The project team includes national investigators who are leaders in the field of exercise physiology, e-health, urology and cancer survivorship:  Professor Daniel Galvão (Co-director, Exercise Medicine Research Institute, Edith Cowan University, Perth), Prof Corneel Vandelanotte (Director, Centre for Physical Activity Studies, Central Queensland University), Dr Cynthia Forbes (Visiting Endeavour Fellow from Dalhousie University, Halifax, Canada),  Assoc Prof Nicholas Roger Brook (Consultant Urologist, RAH), Prof Robert Newton (Co-Director, Edith Cowan University Health and Wellness Institute, Perth), Prof Suzanne Chambers (Director of Allied Health Research, Menzies Health Institute Queensland) and Prof Gary Wittert (Director, FFCMH).

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