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University at Buffalo: Lecture to Address Exercise’s Role in Oncology

The University at Buffalo School of Public Health and Health Professions presents the 31st Annual J. Warren Perry Lecture, “Exercise Is Medicine in Oncology: Changing the Culture of Cancer,” by Dr. Kathryn H. Schmitz,  at 11:00 a.m. Eastern on Tuesday, Nov. 12, in 146 Diefendorf Hall on UB’s South Campus.

Dr. Schmitz is a professor of public health sciences at the Pennsylvania State University’s College of Medicine. Last year she chaired the International Multidisciplinary American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) Roundtable on Exercise and Cancer Prevention and Control. The physicians, outpatient rehabilitation specialists, researchers and exercise professionals in the room broadly agreed it is time for exercise oncology to go prime-time; the question is, how? Dr. Schmitz’s professional mission is to answer that question, and her Nov. 12 lecture will address the issue.

Dr. Schmitz has published more than 230 peer-reviewed scientific papers and has had $25 million dollars in funding for her research since 2001.  An online educational training program to prepare exercise professionals and physical therapists to deliver one of her breast cancer exercise programs has been delivered to more than 700 outpatient rehabilitation specialists across the country.

Dr. Schmitz was lead author of the first ACSM Roundtable on Exercise for Cancer Survivors, which published guidance for exercise testing and prescription for cancer survivors.

UB’s J. Warren Perry Lecture Series honors Dr. Perry, a pioneer in the field of allied health and the first dean of the School of Health Related Professions (HRP) at the State University of New York at Buffalo. HRP became part of the university’s School of Public Health and Health Professions in 2003.