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Christina Dieli-Conwright, PhD, CSCS, CET

TitleAssistant Professor of Research
InstitutionUniversity of Southern California
DepartmentBiokinesiology and Physical Therapy
Phone+1 323 442 2905
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    Dr. Dieli-Conwright’s research is focused on: 1) Determining underlying physiologic mechanisms causing cancer treatment-related weight gain/lossin cancer patients; 2) Designing and executing exercise interventions to improve co-morbid disease outcomes (i.e., diabetes, cardiovascular disease) in cancer survivors; and 3) Disseminating effective lifestyle interventions to cancer survivors to alleviate the presence of co-morbid diseases to improve survivorship. In addition to cancer research, Dr. Dieli-Conwright is interested in the effects of estrogen on skeletal muscle hypertrophy mechanisms in women.Dr. Dieli-Conwright teaches coursework related to systems physiology, general pathophysiology, and skeletal muscle physiology.

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    Taking AIM at Breast Cancer: Targeting Adiposity and Inflammation with Movement to Improve Prognosis in Breast Cancer Survivors
    NIH/NCI R01CA214385Sep 1, 2018 - Aug 31, 2023
    Role: Principal Investigator
    Metabolic Syndrome and Breast Cancer: Effects of a Combined Exercise Intervention
    NIH/NCI K07CA160718Sep 19, 2011 - Aug 31, 2016
    Role: Principal Investigator

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    1. Dieli-Conwright CM, Courneya KS, Demark-Wahnefried W, Sami N, Lee K, Sweeney FC, Stewart C, Buchanan TA, Spicer D, Tripathy D, Bernstein L, Mortimer JE. Aerobic and resistance exercise improves physical fitness, bone health, and quality of life in overweight and obese breast cancer survivors: a randomized controlled trial. Breast Cancer Res. 2018 Oct 19; 20(1):124. PMID: 30340503.
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    2. Lee K, Sami N, Sweeney FC, Dieli-Conwright CM. Body Composition with Dual-Energy X-Ray Absorptiometry and Bioelectrical Impedance Analysis in Breast Cancer Survivors. Nutr Clin Pract. 2018 Sep 25. PMID: 30251390.
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    3. Lee K, Kang I, Mortimer JE, Sattler F, Mack WJ, Fitzsimons LA, Salem G, Dieli-Conwright CM. Effects of high-intensity interval training on vascular function in breast cancer survivors undergoing anthracycline chemotherapy: design of a pilot study. BMJ Open. 2018 Jun 30; 8(6):e022622. PMID: 29961039.
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    4. Dieli-Conwright CM, Courneya KS, Demark-Wahnefried W, Sami N, Lee K, Buchanan TA, Spicer D, Tripathy D, Bernstein L, Mortimer JE. Reply to E. Parkin et al. J Clin Oncol. 2018 May 30; JCO2018787754. PMID: 29847294.
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    5. Dawson JK, Dorff TB, Todd Schroeder E, Lane CJ, Gross ME, Dieli-Conwright CM. Impact of resistance training on body composition and metabolic syndrome variables during androgen deprivation therapy for prostate cancer: a pilot randomized controlled trial. BMC Cancer. 2018 Apr 03; 18(1):368. PMID: 29614993.
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    6. Dieli-Conwright CM, Courneya KS, Demark-Wahnefried W, Sami N, Lee K, Buchanan TA, Spicer DV, Tripathy D, Bernstein L, Mortimer JE. Effects of Aerobic and Resistance Exercise on Metabolic Syndrome, Sarcopenic Obesity, and Circulating Biomarkers in Overweight or Obese Survivors of Breast Cancer: A Randomized Controlled Trial. J Clin Oncol. 2018 Mar 20; 36(9):875-883. PMID: 29356607.
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    7. Dieli-Conwright CM, Parmentier JH, Sami N, Lee K, Spicer D, Mack WJ, Sattler F, Mittelman SD. Adipose tissue inflammation in breast cancer survivors: effects of a 16-week combined aerobic and resistance exercise training intervention. Breast Cancer Res Treat. 2018 Feb; 168(1):147-157. PMID: 29168064.
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    8. Sheng X, Parmentier JH, Tucci J, Pei H, Cortez-Toledo O, Dieli-Conwright CM, Oberley MJ, Neely M, Orgel E, Louie SG, Mittelman SD. Adipocytes Sequester and Metabolize the Chemotherapeutic Daunorubicin. Mol Cancer Res. 2017 Dec; 15(12):1704-1713. PMID: 29117945.
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    9. Kiwata JL, Dorff TB, Todd Schroeder E, Salem GJ, Lane CJ, Rice JC, Gross ME, Dieli-Conwright CM. A pilot randomised controlled trial of a periodised resistance training and protein supplementation intervention in prostate cancer survivors on androgen deprivation therapy. BMJ Open. 2017 Jul 10; 7(7):e016910. PMID: 28698349.
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    10. Mortimer JE, Waliany S, Dieli-Conwright CM, Patel SK, Hurria A, Chao J, Tiep B, Behrendt CE. Objective physical and mental markers of self-reported fatigue in women undergoing (neo)adjuvant chemotherapy for early-stage breast cancer. Cancer. 2017 05 15; 123(10):1810-1816. PMID: 28061004.
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    11. Kiwata JL, Dorff TB, Schroeder ET, Gross ME, Dieli-Conwright CM. A review of clinical effects associated with metabolic syndrome and exercise in prostate cancer patients. Prostate Cancer Prostatic Dis. 2016 Dec; 19(4):323-332. PMID: 27349496.
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    12. Dieli-Conwright CM, Lee K, Kiwata JL. Reducing the Risk of Breast Cancer Recurrence: an Evaluation of the Effects and Mechanisms of Diet and Exercise. Curr Breast Cancer Rep. 2016; 8(3):139-150. PMID: 27909546.
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    13. Dieli-Conwright CM, Wong L, Waliany S, Bernstein L, Salehian B, Mortimer JE. An observational study to examine changes in metabolic syndrome components in patients with breast cancer receiving neoadjuvant or adjuvant chemotherapy. Cancer. 2016 Sep 01; 122(17):2646-53. PMID: 27219902; PMCID: PMC4992442 [Available on 09/01/17].
    14. Dieli-Conwright CM, Kiwata JL, Tuzon CT, Spektor TM, Sattler FR, Rice JC, Schroeder ET. Acute Response of PGC-1a and IGF-1 Isoforms to Maximal Eccentric Exercise in Skeletal Muscle of Postmenopausal Women. J Strength Cond Res. 2016 Apr; 30(4):1161-70. PMID: 26340467; PMCID: PMC4769997 [Available on 04/01/17].
    15. Dieli-Conwright CM, Orozco BZ. Exercise after breast cancer treatment: current perspectives. Breast Cancer (Dove Med Press). 2015; 7:353-62. PMID: 26543382; PMCID: PMC4622557.
    16. Beretta-Piccoli M, D'Antona G, Barbero M, Fisher B, Dieli-Conwright CM, Clijsen R, Cescon C. Evaluation of central and peripheral fatigue in the quadriceps using fractal dimension and conduction velocity in young females. PLoS One. 2015; 10(4):e0123921. PMID: 25880369; PMCID: PMC4400165.
    17. Dieli-Conwright CM, Mortimer JE, Schroeder ET, Courneya K, Demark-Wahnefried W, Buchanan TA, Tripathy D, Bernstein L. Randomized controlled trial to evaluate the effects of combined progressive exercise on metabolic syndrome in breast cancer survivors: rationale, design, and methods. BMC Cancer. 2014 Apr 03; 14:238. PMID: 24708832; PMCID: PMC3985576.
    18. Waliany S, Dieli-Conwright CM, Frankel PH, Hurria A, Chao J, Tiep B, Mortimer JE. Validation and feasibility of a caloric expenditure measuring device in women with early-stage breast cancer. Support Care Cancer. 2014 Sep; 22(9):2329-36. PMID: 25082619.
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    19. Dieli-Conwright CM, Ma H, Lacey JV, Henderson KD, Neuhausen S, Horn-Ross PL, Deapen D, Sullivan-Halley J, Bernstein L. Long-term and baseline recreational physical activity and risk of endometrial cancer: the California Teachers Study. Br J Cancer. 2013 Aug 06; 109(3):761-8. PMID: 23860525; PMCID: PMC3738142.
    20. Emaus A, Dieli-Conwright C, Xu X, Lacey JV, Ingles SA, Reynolds P, Bernstein L, Henderson KD. Increased long-term recreational physical activity is associated with older age at natural menopause among heavy smokers: the California Teachers Study. Menopause. 2013 Mar; 20(3):282-90. PMID: 23435025; PMCID: PMC3580010.
    21. Dieli-Conwright CM, Spektor TM, Rice JC, Sattler FR, Schroeder ET. Hormone therapy and maximal eccentric exercise alters myostatin-related gene expression in postmenopausal women. J Strength Cond Res. 2012 May; 26(5):1374-82. PMID: 22395277.
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    22. Schroeder ET, He J, Yarasheski KE, Binder EF, Castaneda-Sceppa C, Bhasin S, Dieli-Conwright CM, Kawakubo M, Roubenoff R, Azen SP, Sattler FR. Value of measuring muscle performance to assess changes in lean mass with testosterone and growth hormone supplementation. Eur J Appl Physiol. 2012 Mar; 112(3):1123-31. PMID: 21748366; PMCID: PMC3448487.
    23. Dieli-Conwright CM, Sullivan-Halley J, Patel A, Press M, Malone K, Ursin G, Burkman R, Strom B, Simon M, Weiss L, Marchbanks P, Folger S, Spirtas R, Deapen D, Bernstein L. Does hormone therapy counter the beneficial effects of physical activity on breast cancer risk in postmenopausal women? Cancer Causes Control. 2011 Mar; 22(3):515-22. PMID: 21213036; PMCID: PMC3229264.
    24. Emaus A, Degerstrøm J, Wilsgaard T, Hansen BH, Dieli-Conwright CM, Furberg AS, Pettersen SA, Andersen LB, Eggen AE, Bernstein L, Thune I. Does a variation in self-reported physical activity reflect variation in objectively measured physical activity, resting heart rate, and physical fitness? Results from the Tromso study. Scand J Public Health. 2010 Nov; 38(5 Suppl):105-18. PMID: 21062845.
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    25. Erceg DN, Dieli-Conwright CM, Rossuello AE, Jensky NE, Sun S, Schroeder ET. The Stayhealthy bioelectrical impedance analyzer predicts body fat in children and adults. Nutr Res. 2010 May; 30(5):297-304. PMID: 20579521.
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    26. Dieli-Conwright CM, Spektor TM, Rice JC, Sattler FR, Schroeder ET. Hormone replacement therapy and messenger RNA expression of estrogen receptor coregulators after exercise in postmenopausal women. Med Sci Sports Exerc. 2010 Mar; 42(3):422-9. PMID: 20164697.
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    27. Jensky NE, Sims JK, Dieli-Conwright CM, Sattler FR, Rice JC, Schroeder ET. Exercise does not influence myostatin and follistatin messenger RNA expression in young women. J Strength Cond Res. 2010 Feb; 24(2):522-30. PMID: 20124796; PMCID: PMC2818823.
    28. Dieli-Conwright CM, Spektor TM, Rice JC, Sattler FR, Schroeder ET. Influence of hormone replacement therapy on eccentric exercise induced myogenic gene expression in postmenopausal women. J Appl Physiol (1985). 2009 Nov; 107(5):1381-8. PMID: 19696363; PMCID: PMC2777804.
    29. Dieli-Conwright CM, Spektor TM, Rice JC, Sattler FR, Schroeder ET. Hormone therapy attenuates exercise-induced skeletal muscle damage in postmenopausal women. J Appl Physiol (1985). 2009 Sep; 107(3):853-8. PMID: 19574506; PMCID: PMC4073923.
    30. Dieli-Conwright CM, Jensky NE, Battaglia GM, McCauley SA, Schroeder ET. Validation of the CardioCoachCO2 for submaximal and maximal metabolic exercise testing. J Strength Cond Res. 2009 Jul; 23(4):1316-20. PMID: 19528838.
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    31. Dieli-Conwright CM, Spektor TM, Rice JC, Todd Schroeder E. Oestradiol and SERM treatments influence oestrogen receptor coregulator gene expression in human skeletal muscle cells. Acta Physiol (Oxf). 2009 Nov; 197(3):187-96. PMID: 19432593.
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    32. Jensky-Squires NE, Dieli-Conwright CM, Rossuello A, Erceg DN, McCauley S, Schroeder ET. Validity and reliability of body composition analysers in children and adults. Br J Nutr. 2008 Oct; 100(4):859-65. PMID: 18346304.
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