The students and staff of the EDGE lab team with lab director Jill Hamilton-Reeves, far right.Jill Hamilton-Reeves, lab director, pictured next to an image of fresh vegetables; BCAN webinar "What you want to know about nutrition and bladder cancer."Jill Hamilton-Reeves, lab director, stands with 3 of her students in front of the 2015 Warrior Combine event banner.Jill Hamilton-Reeves (third from left) with the others selected to attend the SWOG training course.

Student Opportunities

By obtaining clinical and translational research experience in the EDGE lab, students are prepared for employment and research positions after graduation. See what students are doing in the lab

Free webinar

Dr. Hamilton-Reeves discussed the value of nutrition in bladder cancer and answered questions during a free webinar Nov. 1.

EDGE team at Warrior Combine

Lab members volunteered at the Warrior Combine, an event inspired by the annual NFL Scouting Combine, to promote men's fitness and health. Proceeds for prostate cancer research. Photo gallery

Lab director selected for training course

Jill Hamilton-Reeves among only 6 chosen nationally to intensively train in the SWOG system for young investigators in protocol development, maintenance, and administration. The group's goal is to develop experts to quickly and efficiently develop priority cancer studies. Learn more

Exercise, Diet, Genitourinary, & Endocrinology (EDGE) Research Laboratory

Jill Hamilton-Reeves photo

Lab Director

Jill Hamilton-Reeves, PhD, RD, CSO
Associate Professor

KU Department of Dietetics and Nutrition

The Exercise, Diet, Genitourinary, & Endocrinology (EDGE) Research Laboratory conducts innovative research in areas impacting community health. The vision of the EDGE lab is to use diet and physical activity to give patients a competitive EDGE when they are fighting cancer.

Current Research Projects

The EDGE lab is actively engaged in multiple significant research projects and aims to create discoveries to help the health of our community. Scientists are working to better understand the immune response to radical cystectomy surgery in bladder cancer patients. The EDGE lab is also exploring the influence of energy balance on prostate cancer progression.

Last modified: Nov 08, 2016

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Dr. Hamilton-Reeves was selected to attend the 2016 AAMC Mid-Career Women Faculty Professional Development Seminar in Texas this December. She is also recipient of a scholarship from the KU Medical Center Women in Medicine and Science organization in conjunction with the Joy McCann Professorship.

Dr. Hamilton-Reeves will present her work "Effects of Oral Immunonutrition on Cytokine Profiles in Bladder Cancer Patients: A Pilot Randomized Controlled Clinical Trial" at Clinical Nutrition Week in Florida in February. Her abstract was selected as an abstract of distinction for the Critical Care session.

Dr. Hamilton-Reeves discussed the value of nutrition in bladder cancer and answered questions from participants in "What You Want to Know About Nutrition and Bladder Cancer," a free BCAN patient webinar, on Nov. 1.

In conjunction with Faculty Research Day on October 28,  Dr. Hamilton-Reeves was recognized with a 2016 KU Faculty Research Investigator Award. One of only three presented across the KU Medical Center campus, the award honors significant accomplishments as evidenced by a substantial, externally funded, and actively published and presented research program.

The EDGE team and trainees presented six abstracts at the South Central Section of the AUA in Colorado Springs, Colo. in September 2016.

Jill Hamilton-Reeves attended the 2016 International Protein Summit in Charleston, S.C., in September 2016. She helped derive clinical recommendations and identify key research questions at the summit.


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