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The Mount Sinai Health System POSTDOCTORAL FELLOW in New York, New York

The Department of Population Health Science and Policy is currently seeking applicants interested

in pursuing bio-behavioral research in the prevention and control of aversive reactions to

cancer and its treatment. Our current research focuses on understanding and treating

cancer-related fatigue, depression, cognitive impairment, and sleep problems. These prob-

lems are among the most aversive that patients and survivors experience. Such symptoms

can occur before, during and even years after the completion of all medical treatment.

Current research indicates that disruption of circadian rhythms may underlie this cluster

of aversive symptoms. We have promising evidence that systematic bright light exposure

(sLE), similar to that used in the treatment of Season Affective Disorder, can effectively

prevent and control such problem through the entrainment of circadian rhythms. These re-

sults have broad implications across many cancers as well as for neurodegenerative disorders

such as Alzheimers, Parkinsons and Multiple Sclerosis; all hypothesized to share disruption

of circadian rhythms. We have recently receive four separate NIH research awards to in-

vestigate: 1) sLE to treat cancer related fatigue and depression in survivors of stem cell

transplantation in the treatment of Multiple Myeloma and Lymphoma; 2) sLE to treat

cognitive impairment in cancer survivors; 3) sLE during adjuvant chemotherapy for breast

cancer to prevent the development of fatigue, depression and cognitive impairment; and

4) biological mediators of the effects of sLE. In addition to efficacy trials, we are now

planning a large national study of sLE effectiveness among cancer survivors. This research

effort represents the collaboration of investigators from Icahn School of Medicine, Memorial

Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, University of California at San Diego, University of Iowa,

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Northwestern University, and the University of Reykjavik

(Iceland). Post doctoral fellows will be actively included as collaborators in this exciting line

of research, including: carrying out clinical trials and biological mechanism explorations,

planning and writing research proposals and reports, presenting at professional conferences

and spearheading dissemination efforts.

The senior mentor of this two-year fellowship is William H. Redd, PhD, who has trained a

large number of leaders in the field and has been recognized for his excellence in mentoring

by the Society of Behavioral Medicine, his leadership by the American Psychosocial Oncol-

ogy Society and his lifetime of scientific achievements by the International Psycho-Oncology

Society.

Applicants with Ph.D, MD or equivalent in any field including biology, neurosciences, engineering and psychology (clinical, experimental and physiological).

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