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Dr. Shabbir Alibhai is the Principal Investigator for the 'A Phase II RCT and Economic Analysis of Three Exercise Delivery Methods in Men with Prostate Cancer on ADT study'. Dr. Alibhai is a Senior Scientist at the Toronto General Research Institute, Staff Physician at UHN and Mount Sinai Hospital, Associate Professor in the Department of Medicine, the Institute of Medical Sciences, and the Institute of Health Policy, Management, and Evaluation at the University of Toronto, and Research Scientist at the Canadian Cancer Society. Dr. Alibhai's main research interest is in cancer in older adults, focusing on prostate cancer and acute leukemia, specifically with this study evaluating the response to exercise in those on androgen deprivation therapy (hormone therapy) for prostate cancer.

Dr. Nicole Culos-Reed is one of the Co-Investigators on this study 'A Phase II RCT and Economic Analysis of Three Exercise Delivery Methods in Men with Prostate Cancer on ADT'. Dr. Culos-Reed is an Associate Professor at the University of Calgary in the Faculty of Kinesiology and Medicine. Dr. Culos-Reed is also a Research Associate at the Tom Baker Cancer Centre. Dr. Culos-Reed's area of research interest includes physical activity for cancer survivors, including better understanding of physical activity determinants (facilitators and barriers) and outcomes (patient self-reported including psychosocial, fatigue and quality of life; fitness; and physiological), and translation of findings into sustainable community resources. Cancer and exercise education, training, and programming are facilitated within Dr. Culos-Reed's Health and Wellness Lab and Thrive resources. See www.thriveforcancersurvivors.com for more information.

Dr. Murray Krahn is a Co-Investigator on this study 'A Phase II RCT and Economic Analysis of Three Exercise Delivery Methods in Men with Prostate Cancer on ADT'. Dr. Krahn is a Senior Scientist at the Toronto General Research Institute, Director of THETA (Toronto Health Economics and Technology Assessment), F. Norman Hughes Chair in Pharmacoeconomics at the Faculty of Pharmacy, Professor at the University of Toronto, Adjunct Scientist at the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences, and attending physician at UHN. Dr. Krahn's research interests revolve around economic evaluation and application of decision analysis towards broader questions of health and clinical policy. One of his major areas of study is prostate cancer.

Dr. Andrew Matthew is a Co-Investigator on this study 'A Phase II RCT and Economic Analysis of Three Exercise Delivery Methods in Men with Prostate Cancer on ADT'. He is a Senior Psychologist at Princess Margaret Cancer Centre and an Assistant Professor at the University of Toronto. Dr. Matthew's research focuses on urologic cancers (including prostate cancer) and the prevention, treatment, rehabilitation, quality of life and survivorship involved with these types of cancer.

Dr. Paul Ritvo is the Co-Investigator supervising the electronically-assisted health coaching arm of the study. He is an Associate Professor at York University and a Senior Scientist at Cancer Care Ontario. Dr. Ritvo has been conducting smartphone assisted health interventions since 2009 and is currently Principal Investigator on two randomized controlled trials intervening with patients with Type 2 Diabetes and Uncontrolled Hypertension.

Dr. Catherine Sabiston is one of the Co-Investigators on this study 'A Phase II RCT and Economic Analysis of Three Exercise Delivery Methods in Men with Prostate Cancer on ADT'. She is an Associate Professor in Exercise and Health Psychology at the University of Toronto. She has over 100 publications and 250 presentations on exercise motivation and health, with many of these stemming from her work with cancer survivors. She has also been awarded numerous career awards from health, physical activity, and psychology organizations. Catherine has worked with over one thousand breast cancer survivors in various capacities, including as a mental health trainer for dragon boat racing cancer teams, volunteer facilitator for exercise and well-being workshops, and in her research involving interviews, focus groups, and interventions. She has held over 13 million dollars in funding for her research and currently holds funds from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, Prostate Cancer Canada, and Canadian Cancer Society Research Institute. Catherine has given over 50 media interviews and public talks and workshops.

Dr. Daniel Santa Mina is another Co-Investigator on this study 'A Phase II RCT and Economic Analysis of Three Exercise Delivery Methods in Men with Prostate Cancer on ADT'. He is a Post-Doctoral Fellow with the Prostate Centre at the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre and the Program Head of Kinesiology at the University of Guelph-Humber. Dr. Santa Mina completed his PhD at York University in Toronto, Canada with a specific research focus on the psychosocial and physiological benefits of exercise for men with prostate cancer. He is an Exercise Physiologist with the Canadian Society of Exercise Physiology and obtained his training as a Cancer Exercise Specialist from the University of Northern Colorado at Rocky Mountain Cancer Rehabilitation Institute. Dr. Santa Mina is the current Steering Committee Chair of the Wellness and Exercise Program for Cancer Survivors (WE-Can) at the Princess Margaret; a clinical-research initiative that facilitates exercise programming for cancer patients and provides training and educational and training opportunities.

Dr. Roanne Segal is one of the Co-Investigators on this study 'A Phase II RCT and Economic Analysis of Three Exercise Delivery Methods in Men with Prostate Cancer on ADT'. She is an Associate Professor at the University of Ottawa. Her research expertise is Rehabilitation Oncology, specifically Breast and Genitourinary cancers. She is also an internationally renowned scientist in the area of exercise in cancer, having led or co-led several pivotal exercise trials in breast and prostate cancer.

Dr. George Tomlinson is a Co-Investigator on this study 'A Phase II RCT and Economic Analysis of Three Exercise Delivery Methods in Men with Prostate Cancer on ADT'. Dr. Tomlinson is an experienced biostatistician, a scientist in the Department of Medicine at UHN and Mt Sinai Hospital, an Affiliate Scientist at the Toronto General Research Institute, and an Associate Professor in Public Health Sciences at the University of Toronto. He is a co-investigator in several clinical trials and longitudinal studies of quality of life in chronic disease.

Dr. Padraig Warde is another Co-Investigator on this study 'A Phase II RCT and Economic Analysis of Three Exercise Delivery Methods in Men with Prostate Cancer on ADT'. Dr. Warde is a Professor at the University of Toronto, Staff Radiation Oncologist at Princess Margaret Cancer Centre, UHN, Provincial Head of the Radiation Treatment Program at Cancer Care Ontario, and Clinical Studies Resource Centre Member, Ontario Cancer Institute. Dr. Warde's research interest focuses on locally advanced prostate cancer and testicular cancer. He is a senior clinical trials expert in prostate cancer treatment with androgen deprivation therapy.

Sara Durbano is the Research Coordinator on this study: 'A Phase II RCT and Economic Analysis of Three Exercise Delivery Methods in Men with Prostate Cancer on ADT'. Sara graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Kinesiology and Physical Education and a Bachelor of Education from Wilfrid Laurier University. Sara completed her Masters at York University researching fitness testing, assessment and exercise prescription in various groups including elite athletes and clinical populations. Sara has worked as a research coordinator on studies evaluating the impact of exercise on fitness, quality of life and fatigue in patients with acute myeloid leukemia during and after treatment.

Desaree (Desi) Payment is the Research Coordinator in Calgary on this study 'A Phase II RCT and Economic Analysis of Three Exercise Delivery Methods in Men with Prostate Cancer on ADT'. Desaree graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Management of Health and Fitness from Northern Michigan University, she also completed her Masters of Science at Central Michigan University. She works closely with Dr. Culos-Reed.

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