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About Us

We conduct our research in the Kansas City area and are fortunate to have a variety of funding sources.

EDGE lab teamLeft to right: Pugazhendhi Srinivasan, postdoctoral fellow; Juliana Teruel Camargo, MD, PhD, postdoctoral fellow; Alyssa Mattox, master's degree student, RD; Carrie Michel, MS, RD, LD, clinical lead; Misty Bechtel, study coordinator and lab manager; Jill Hamilton-Reeves, PhD, RD, CSO, principal investigator and lab director; Hilary Robertson, MS, RD, LD, research assistant

Where We Work

The EDGE lab performs much of its work with participants at the University of Kansas Clinical Research Center. Designed unlike any other research facility in the country, the 82,400-square-foot building was donated by the Hall Family Foundation and has been remodeled with state-of-the-art features to accommodate patients and researchers.

Research Funding

Weight Loss for Obesity-Driven Biomarkers of Prostate Cancer Progression
American Cancer Society, RSG
Hamilton-Reeves (PI)
Major Goals: The objective of this project is to assess the impact of weight loss before and weight maintenance after prostate cancer surgery on immune suppressive factors compared to a randomized control.

Effect of Immune-Enhancing Nutrition on Radical Cystectomy Outcomes
Hamilton-Reeves (PI)
Major Goals: The objective of this project is to assess the effectiveness of specialized immunonutrition intake before and after bladder cancer surgery compared to a control to reduce postoperative complications.

Integrated Translational Science Center Pilot
Hamilton-Reeves (co-PI)
Impact of cystectomy and immunonutrition on formation of metastasis-promoting neutrophil extracellular DNA traps.
Major Goals: To evaluate if NETs induced by infection contribute to higher risk of recurrence and that immunonutrition is a means to reduce this risk.

Urology Care Foundation Research Scholar Award Program
Lee (PI)
AUA South Central Section Research Scholar Fund
A carbohydrate restricted diet in patients with diabetes and non-muscle invasive bladder cancer
Major Goals: The goal of this project is to implement a low carbohydrate diet and exercise intervention during BCG therapy in patients with bladder cancer.
Role: Mentor and co-investigator

Staying Strong and Healthy During Androgen Deprivation Therapy for Latino Men
Maliski (PI)
Major Goals: To promote healthy activity and nutrition during Androgen Deprivation Therapy for Latino Men. Quality of life, cholesterol, glucose, height and weight will be measured before men start ADT and then six and 12 months later to compare the measures to see if there are differences between men who do and do not receive the program.
Role: Co-investigator

School of Medicine

University of Kansas Medical Center
Department of Urology
Mail Stop 3016
3901 Rainbow Boulevard
Kansas City, KS 66160
Phone: 913-588-6146