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Take a look at some of our current and recently completed projects

Validation of activity pattern recognition on fitness trackers
This project is testing the accuracy of pattern recognition software for automatically recognizing a range of physical activities. 128 data collection sessions were conducted across four different activity modules. Data collection has been completed and results will be available soon! This study is led by Diana Dorn, a graduate student in the lab.
Physical activity needs in rural Wisconsin women
This project uses a mixed-methods approach to understanding the attitudes and needs of rural Wisconsin women as they relate to physical activity and technology. Participants residing in targeted county clusters are identified through the Survey of the Health of Wisconsin (SHOW). Focus groups have been completed and a mail-based questionnaire study is now underway. Click here to learn more about SHOW.
Funded by the Virginia Horne Henry Foundation
Sedentary Behavior and Breast Cancer: Interventions and Biomarkers
This grant covers two separate research aims. One involves collecting new data using a randomized controlled trial. The second involves analyzing data being collected at another site (the University of California, San Diego) 
 
Sedentary Behavior Trial for Breast Cancer Survivors
Given mounting research demonstrating the metabolic harms of excessive sedentary time, this study is designed to explore some of the ways that we can help cancer survivors to reduce and/or re-pattern the amount of time they spend seated. This 3-group randomized controlled trial will recruit 60 post-menopausal breast cancer survivors (Stage 0-III). Each participant will be randomly assigned to one of three groups focused on (1) reducing overall sitting time, (2) re-patterning sitting time using standing breaks, or (3) usual lifestyle. The primary outcome measure will be the ActivPal inclinometer, with physical activity outcomes supplied by the ActiGraph GT3X+. 
 
Sedentary Behavior and Biomarkers of Breast Cancer Mortality
This upcoming data analysis project aims to understand the association between sedentary time and biomarkers associated with mortality among overweight/obese postmenopausal breast cancer survivors. This study will also examine whether reductions in sedentary time are associated with corresponding reductions in biomarkers for mortality. The parent trial for this project is the Reach for Health Study, being conducted by Dr. Ruth Patterson at the Moores Cancer Center at the University of California, San Diego as part of the National Cancer Institute's Transdisciplinary Research on Energetics and Cancer (TREC) initiative. More information about the TREC is available on the TREC website. 
Funded by the National Cancer Institute (1K07178870; PI: Cadmus-Bertram)
Recruitment completed!
The Planning for Active Living Study (PALS) 
This 12-week randomized controlled trial is testing the use of Survivorship Care Plans as a mechanism for delivery a technology-based physical activity intervention for breast and colon cancer survivors. A Survivorship Care Plan is a document that summarizes an individual's cancer diagnosis and treatment and provides recommendations for follow-up care and healthy lifestyle behaviors.

This study is completing enrollment in Fall 2017 and is a partnership with Gilda's Club of Madison and Breast Cancer Recovery . Participants are UW Health patients with a diagnosis of Stage I-III breast or colorectal cancer within the past 5 years.
Funded by the UW Institute for Clinical and Translational Research
(PI: Cadmus-Bertram)
Recruitment completed!
Validation of Optical Heart Rate Monitors
This recently completed stuy examined the accuracy of the heart rate tracking functions of four popular fitness trackers: the Fitbit Charge HR, the Fitbit Surge, the Mio Fuse, and the Basis Peak. Results will be available soon. Thank you to all the wonderful participants who helped with this study!
Completed