Dr. Friedenreich focuses her research program primarily on the role of physical activity in cancer control. She has developed both a lifetime and a past-year physical activity questionnaire for use in her research studies. She is the also the Principal Investigator of several large population-based case-control and cohort studies, as well as several randomized controlled intervention trials of exercise for cancer prevention, rehabilitation and survival. Dr. Friedenreich is a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences and the Royal Society of Canada.
Karen Kopciuk, PhD
Dr. Kopciuk’s research interests focus on the early detection of cancer; genetic and molecular biomarkers for cancer diagnosis and outcomes; identification of families harbouring cancer-causing genes and estimating their lifetime cancer risks; and cancer screening participation and outcomes in Indigenous populations.
Darren Brenner, PhD
Darren Brenner is a cancer epidemiologist with over a decade of experience conducting observational and intervention research on chronic disease risk and survival. Darren currently leads a program of research at the University of Calgary focused on using big data and precision health analytics to examine cancer risk and outcomes. To date he has published over 140 peer-reviewed articles in leading journals in the areas of oncology and epidemiology. He is sought out for his epidemiologic expertise in the areas of cancer epidemiology and cancer outcomes research.
Cheryl Peters, PhD
Dr. Peters is an Occupational Hygienist and Epidemiologist in the Department of Cancer Epidemiology and Prevention Research. Her research focuses on the impacts of carcinogenic exposures occurring in workplace and community and environments. In particular, she is interested in minimizing exposures to known hazards (whether they be dusts, infectious diseases, various chemicals, exhausts, or radiation) to reduce the risk of occupational diseases including cancer for workers and Canadians in general. Key to these types of investigations is the complicated task of assessing people’s exposures that occurred in the past, and this area of expertise (exposure science or exposure assessment) is key to her program of research.
Miranda Fidler-Benaoudia, PhD
Dr. Fidler-Benaoudia is a clinical and descriptive cancer epidemiologist in the Department of Cancer Epidemiology and Prevention Research (CEPR). Her research focuses primarily on describing the burden of adolescent and young adult cancers and evaluating their related late-effects. She is additionally interested in sub-populations, such as indigenous peoples and childhood cancer survivors, and continues to undertake research comprehensively describing cancer indicators nationally, regionally, and at global levels.
Lin Yang, PhD
Dr. Lin Yang is an epidemiologist in the Department of Cancer Epidemiology and Prevention Research. Her research primarily focuses on the role of energy balance in cancer prevention and survivorship. She has obtained training in kinesiology, statistics, physical activity promotion, nutritional epidemiology, circadian and sleep epidemiology, and transdisciplinary research in cancer. Dr. Yang has conducted several observational and intervention studies examining the impact of obesity, physical activity, and sedentary behavior on cancer risk and cancer patient outcomes.