Centre researchers present at CCRA conference in Vancouver

Christina Gu stands by her poster at the conference
Ms. Gu (pictured) and Drs. Murphy and Dummer shared updates

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Dr. Rachel Murphy, Dr. Trevor Dummer, and Ms. Christina Gu participated in the Canadian Cancer Research Alliance conference in Vancouver on November 5-7, 2017.

Dr. Murphy presented a poster on a study of metabolites and their association with cancer preventive behaviours, such as healthy body weight, physical activity, diet, and alcohol, in the BC Generations Project. Dr. Murphy and Ms. Gu, who was the lead author on the study, found metabolic markers of inflammation and insulin sensitivity were lower among those who engaged in healthy (cancer preventive) behaviours.

Ms. Gu presented a poster on a project entitled, “Dietary intakes of healthy Canadian seniors over 85 years old.” This study compared the dietary intake of healthy Canadian seniors over 85 years old free of cancer, cardiovascular or pulmonary diseases, diabetes or dementia to that of a usual aging group in relation to the dietary recommendations for cancer prevention. Ms. Gu and colleagues found that the healthy seniors (super-seniors) were more likely to meet the recommendations for whole grains, but less likely to meet the recommendations for red and processed meat, compared to the usual aging group. Both groups were found to have relatively low adherence to the recommendation about fruits and vegetables (i.e., around 25% meet the recommendation).

Dr. Dummer participated in a panel presentation, where he provided an update on the Canadian Partnership for Tomorrow Project.

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