Diet, Lifestyle and Prostate Cancer

Presenter: Dr. Vasundara Venkateswaran
Original Date: Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Join Dr. Vasundara Venkateswaran as she presents her research on diet and physical activity. Her presentation will focus on:
  • The effect of a key agent (capsaicin) in the diet as well as the impact of physical activity and its importance for prostate cancer patients
  • How capsaicin interacts with receptors and nociceptors in the body and the potential of capsaicin being demonstrated in pre-clinical models of prostate cancer
  • The benefits of physical activity for men on active surveillance


Dr. Vasundara Venkateswaran's Biography:

Dr. Venkateswaran is a cancer biologist by training, currently in the rank of Associate Professor in the Department of Surgery, University of Toronto, and Scientist in the Division of Urology at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre. Dr. Venkateswaran is a Ph.D in Clinical Biochemistry and has devoted over two decades to pursuing cancer research. Her area of specialization is Clinical Biochemistry, Molecular and Cell biology as well as Nutrition and Metabolism.  
Dr. Venkateswaran’s lab is interested in the most fundamental questions regarding the major modifiable cancer risks factors and the interplay between micronutrients/macronutrients, obesity, energy imbalance and consequential hyperinsulinemia, as well as the benefits of physical activity in relation to prostate cancer prevention and progression. Dr. Venkateswaran established a major initiative in the study on the cellular effects of micronutrients particularly vitamin E, selenium and lycopene in prostate cancer. This initiative was essentially started from scratch, has now resulted in a burgeoning research program.
Dr. Venkateswaran is the “Director” of one of the largest Summer Undergraduate Research Program (SURP) at the Institute of Medical Science (IMS), University of Toronto. In addition she is a “Graduate Coordinator” and Chair of Graduate Admissions at IMS, University of Toronto. 

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