The mission of the Cancer and Body Composition webinar Series (CABS) is the exchange, translation and
dissemination of scientific information to promote research in body composition and cancer. This exchange of
ideas between early-stage, mid-level, and senior scientists from diverse disciplines and across geographic
areas will foster career development for the next generation of scientists interested in research careers in this
field. The Specific Aims of CABS are to: 1) provide a forum for the exchange of scientific research and
methods; 2) broaden dissemination of scientific discoveries; 3) foster partnerships of multi-disciplinary teams
across geographic area and multiple institutions; 4) maximize potential for career success for early stage
investigators by providing access to and interaction with senior investigators who are leaders in their field; and
5) publish on best practices for defining and analyzing body composition exposures in cancer research. The
webinar series is currently being piloted for the 2018–2019 academic year and we are requesting support to
continue the series from September 2019 through June 2020. Invited speakers and participants for the 2019–
2020 series are from multiple disciplines and are highly representative of body composition and cancer fields
concerned with translating basic, population and clinical science into effective dissemination. CABS will be
hosted through the Kaiser Permanente Medical Program of Northern California and led by Drs. Bette Caan and
Elizabeth Cespedes Feliciano. Both Drs. Caan and Cespedes Feliciano have specific expertise in body
composition and cancer research and Dr. Caan is the current host of this year’s webinar series. One of the foci
of this proposed webinar series for 2019–2020 year is dialogue on definitions for sarcopenia and other body
composition measures in oncology and analytical methods for body composition and cancer research. One of
the deliverables will be a publication to formulate standardized definitions and best practices for statistical
methods to analyze body composition exposures in cancer research. Monthly evaluation will take place by
having attendees rate the seminar’s relevance and utility as well as the quality of the speaker. By fostering
communication among multidisciplinary professionals, CABS will be extraordinarily successful at mentoring,
encouraging dialogue, and promoting innovative progress in body composition and cancer research.
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