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

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. Our mission is to conduct innovative, cutting "EDGE" medical nutrition science research that seeks answers to practical, relevant, and patient-centered health concerns. The EDGE research laboratory also aims to prepare graduate students to be leaders in nutrition and to strive for excellence with content expertise, an innovative mindset, and a professional voice. Our laboratory reaches out to our patients and the community to educate and empower people to make healthy lifestyle choices.

Updates & Activities

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: Sep 11, 2018
Lab Director

Want to participate in a clinical trial?
Please contact Misty Bechtel 913-945-5037


Updates & Activities

Hamilton-Reeves was awarded a $2.8 million R37 grant from the National Institutes of Health and National Cancer Institute for her project entitled Effect of Immune-Enhancing Nutrition on Radical Cystectomy Outcomes. Her project aims to assess the effectiveness of specialized immunonutrition intake before and after bladder cancer surgery compared to a control to reduce post-operative complications.

Hamilton-Reeves was invited to be a keynote speaker at the ERAS 2018 World Congress event in Stockholm, Sweden. She presented the State of the Art Lecture: Perioperative nutritional support to cystectomy patients. Hamilton-Reeves' publication, Perioperative Immunonutrition Modulates Inflammatory Response after Radical Cystectomy: Results of a Pilot Randomized Controlled Clinical Trial was selected for continuing medical education (CME) credit in the August 2018 issue of The Journal of Urology. Hers is one of only five articles selected from each issue to contribute a question to be answered for CME credit.


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