Melinda Liggett Irwin, PhD, MPH

Professor of Chronic Diseases

Research Interests

Breast Neoplasms; Neoplasms by Histologic Type; Obesity; Ovarian Neoplasms; Weight Loss; Exercise

Public Health Interests

Cancer; Cancer Epidemiology

Research Organizations

Cancer Prevention and Control

Cancer Prevention and Control

School of Public Health: Chronic Disease Epidemiology: Social & Behavioral Sciences

Research Summary

Professor Irwin's primary research interests are in the areas of energy balance and cancer prevention and prognosis. She is trained in cancer epidemiology, exercise physiology, and clinical trials. Specifically, Professor Irwin's research involves examining the effect of exercise and weight loss on cancer prognosis. She is currently the principal investigator on a randomized clinical trial among women with breast cancer designed to investigate the effect of exercise on breast cancer prognosis. Another trial of exercise on survival and survivorship in women with ovarian cancer will begin in mid-2009. Other ongoing research includes physical activity promotion and obesity prevention studies.

Speciailzed Terms: Energy balance; Cancer prevention and prognosis

Selected Publications

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Contact Info

Melinda Liggett Irwin, PhD, MPH
Office Location
Laboratory of Epidemiology and Public Health
60 College Street, Ste 428

New Haven, CT 06510
Mailing Address
Yale School of Public HealthPO Box 208034
60 College Street

New Haven, CT 06520-8034