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Dr. Nawaid Usmani and team receive funding for their PRIME study!

The PRIME Study – Prevention and Intervention for MEtabolic syndrome:

Androgen deprivation therapy (ADT), and newer manipulations of androgen receptor signaling have improved outcomes for advanced prostate cancer (PCa) patients.  The toxicities of ADT are many, including an increased risk of developing metabolic syndrome (MS; defined as at least 3 of: hyperglycemia; abdominal obesity; hypertriglyceridemia; reduced HDL cholesterol; and/or hypertension). MS is associated with an increased risk of diabetes, cardiovascular disease mortality, stroke mortality, and all-cause mortality.  The prevalence of MS in men receiving ADT is at least 50% and contributes to decreased quality of life and increased non-cancer-related mortality.  Metformin holds promise as a countermeasure to MS development, and also has been shown to suppress PCa growth in pre-clinical models.

We hypothesize that the addition of metformin to ADT will reduce the rates of MS in men with advanced PCa, diminishing important toxicities of a therapy universally used in advanced disease.

We propose a double-blind, randomized phase III study of metformin or placebo in men with PCa starting intermittent ADT. The primary endpoint is the difference in MS rates at 1 year.  Other aims include evaluation of the influence of metformin on: individual MS components at additional time points; mean serum insulin levels and measures of insulin resistance; weight and quality of life.

A finding that metformin reduces MS incidence and/or has other benefits would change practice, as it would provide a practical and inexpensive strategy to reduce toxicity of an intervention employed in most men with advanced PCa.

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Congratulations to top alumni honour awardee Dr. Ron Moore

Congratulations to Dr. Ron Moore, ’80 BSc, ’86 MD, ’91 PhD, who will receive an Alumni Honour Award from University of Alberta President David H. Turpin during the Alumni Awards Ceremony on Monday, Sept. 24, 2018, at the Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium in Edmonton.
The Alumni Honour Award recognizes the significant achievements and contributions by University of Alberta alumni to their profession and their community. Dr. Moore has made significant contributions to advancing our knowledge and treatment of bladder, kidney and prostate cancer. He has studied and developed laser treatment as therapy for prostate and bladder cancer, and developed new drugs to improve prostate cancer radiotherapy outcomes. Dr. Ron Moore has also actively mentored and trained hundreds of students throughout his career as well as serving on the APCaRI leadership committee.

The community is invited to celebrate as Dr. Ron Moore receives this top alumni award!
Date: Monday, Sept. 24, 2018
Location: Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium (11455 87 Ave), Edmonton, Alberta
Time: 7 p.m. ceremony with dessert reception to follow
Cost: Free, register for tickets
Dress: Business attire

For more information, please contact the Office of Alumni Relations at 780-492-3224, toll free 1-800-661-2593 or alumni@ualberta.ca
Featured at @UAlbertaAlumni and in the New Trail magazine.

- Perrin Beatty