Wendy Demark-Wahnefried, PhD, RD

Wendy Demark-Wahnefried, PhD, RD

Principal Investigator and T32 CPCTP Co-director

Professor and Webb Endowed Chair of Nutrition Sciences, University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB)
Associate Director of Cancer Prevention and Control, O’Neal Comprehensive Cancer Center at UAB
American Cancer Society Clinical Research Professor

Dr. Demark is a nutrition scientist with training in biochemistry, genetics and behavioral science. For the past two decades, her research career has spanned basic science studies focused on determining mechanisms of action of food-related components on neoplastic progression, to clinical research that involves nutrition-related concerns of cancer patients, as well as determining effective lifestyle interventions that improve the overall health of cancer survivors and their families. Dr. Demark-Wahnefried has been continuously funded by the NCI for almost two decades with 14 grants including multiple R01’s and a P01.

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Marie Bakitas, DNSc, CRNP, NP-C, AOCN, ACHPN, FAAN, FPCN

Marie Bakitas, DNSc, CRNP, NP-C, AOCN, ACHPN, FAAN, FPCN

T32 CPCTP Co-director

Professor of Nursing
Senior Scientist, Cancer Control and Population Sciences, O'Neal Comprehensive Cancer Center
Senior Scientist, Integrative Center for Aging Research, Heersink School of Medicine
Senior Scientist, O'Neal Comprehensive Cancer Center, Heersink School of Medicine
Professor, Medicine - Gerontology, Geriatrics, and Palliative Care, Department of Medicine
Professor, Nursing Acute, Chronic & Continuing Care, Nursing Academic Affairs
Senior Scientist, UAB Center for Study of Community Health, School of Public Health
Senior Scientist, Center for Palliative & Supportive Care, Department of Medicine

Dr. Bakitas is internationally recognized in pain and palliative care science. Focused on reducing suffering and enhancing quality of life for persons with advanced illness and family caregivers--especially in rural areas--her early tele-health palliative care model ENABLE (Educate, Nurture, Advise, Before Life Ends), has led to practice and policy changes. She is disseminating ENABLE for cancer and heart failure patients in the Deep South and Veteran populations. Her research, mentorship and papers have led to important practice changes.

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Lyse Norian, PhD

Lyse Norian, PhD

NTR 728 Course Director

Associate Professor, Nutrition Sciences, School of Health Professions
Scientist, Cancer Control and Population Sciences, O'Neal Comprehensive Cancer Center
Scientist, O'Neal Comprehensive Cancer Center, Heersink School of Medicine
Scientist, Nutrition Obesity Research Center (NORC), Nutrition Sciences Research
Scientist, Comprehensive Diabetes Center, Heersink School of Medicine

Dr. Norian is an immunologist with years of experience in studying the biology of immune responses to a variety of solid tumors, in both the presence and absence of immunotherapy. Her research focuses on several key areas: 1) identifying the effects of diet and obesity on immune responses to solid tumors, 2) defining tumor-induced mechanisms of myeloid cell immune dysfunction, and 3) developing novel combinatorial immunotherapies to overcome tumor-induced suppression and enhance protective immunity.

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