Tara Albrecht Receives Massey Cancer Center Grant for Pilot Leukemia Study

February 5, 2015

Faculty and Staff, Research

Tara Albrecht, Ph.D., ACNP-BC, RN, assistant professor in the Department of Adult Health and Nursing Systems, received a $50,000 grant from the Massey Cancer Center (MCC) Cancer Prevention and Control (CPC) Pilot Project Program for a year-long study titled “Physical Activity as a Self-management Approach to Improve Health Outcomes in Acute Myeloid Leukemia.” The study will evaluate the feasibility of a personalized physical activity intervention, as well as explore potential improvements in symptom severity, physical function and other health-related quality of life outcomes in adults receiving chemotherapy for acute myeloid leukemia. The findings from this study will guide the development of a larger hypothesis testing trial.

Albrecht will be working with an interdisciplinary team that includes SON co-investigators R.K. Elswick, Ph.D., director of biostatistics and data services; Jamie Sturgill, Ph.D., director of biobehavioral lab services; and Michelle Wright, Ph.D., RN, post-doctoral fellow; as well as Danielle Shafer, D.O., assistant professor in the School of Medicine; and Tim York, Ph.D., assistant professor in the VCU Medical Center Department of Human and Molecular Genetics. Angela Starkweather, Ph.D., ACNP-BC, FAAN, associate professor and chair of the Department of Adult Health and Nursing Systems, is the project’s scientific advisor.

The MCC CPC Pilot Project Program funds pilot projects to encourage new collaborative cancer research endeavors. The program’s goal is to allow collaborative research teams the ability to gather preliminary data needed for the investigators to prepare a successful grant application for a larger study.

Dr. Tara Albrecht

Dr. Tara Albrecht

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