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Laurien  Buffart

I chair the Amsterdam eXercise in ONcology (AXiOn) research group. I aim to improve the quality of life and outcome of patients with cancer via (multidisciplinary) exercise interventions. This will be achieved by studying:

  1. Subgroups of patients that are at risk for reduced physical activity and fitness.
  2. Effects of physical activity and exercise interventions on physical fitness, quality of life and cancer outcomes
  3. Which intervention is most beneficial, for whom, when (i.e. intervention moderators) and why (i.e. underlying mechanisms).

I am appointed at the departments of Epidemiology & Biostatistics and Medical Oncology of VUmc. I am one of the theme leaders of “Evaluation of cancer care” of the research institute Cancer Center Amsterdam of VU University medical center and Academic Medical Center.

I am involved in teaching for students in Health Sciences, Medicine, Human Movement Sciences, Epidemiology, and physiotherapists with interest in supervising patients with cancer.

In 2016, I have been appointed as Adjunct Associate Professor, at the Exercise Medicine Research Institute, Edith Cowan University, Joondalup, Australia. Since 2014, I co-chair the Special Interest Group (SIG) cancer prevention and management, of the International Society of Behavioural Nutrition and Physical Activity.