Award-winning cancer research

Katie Di SebastianoPhD student won $40,000 award from Prostate Cancer Canada

Katie Di Sebastiano, a University of Waterloo PhD student, is one of five students across Canada who received a $40,000 Constantine Karayannopoulos Graduate Studentship Award from Prostate Cancer Canada. Prostate cancer is the most common cancer that affects Canadian men, impacting one in seven over the course of their lifetime. Katie’s award-winning research plans to combine the study of nutrition and cancer research in order to help improve prostate cancer treatments for patients and post-treatments for survivors.

Specifically, Katie’s research project examines how fat and sugar are used by the body during prostate cancer treatment and how it can lead to weight gain and muscle loss. Her research also touches on how nutrition and exercise interventions can improve prostate cancer survivors’ quality of life and reduce risks of other diseases such as diabetes and heart disease.

This award helps nurture research talent and build the next generation of cancer research leaders. Katie hopes to have the project completed by December 2014 and continue with a career in research.

Learn more about her research for prostate cancer on York Region and the Prostate Cancer Canada website.

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