Research Funding

  • December 10, 2020 - November 30, 2025 - Optimization of a remote intervention to improve nutrition and physical activity in colorectal cancer survivors , Principal Investigator . Sponsor: NIH, Sponsor Award ID: R01CA248774
  • August 1, 2022 - June 30, 2024 - Engaging diverse colorectal cancer survivors in the design of an adaptive text message-based intervention to improve diet quality , Principal Investigator . Sponsor: NIH/NCI, Sponsor Award ID: R21CA263539
  • July 1, 2016 - June 30, 2021 - Diet After Colorectal Cancer : Observational Studies to Behavioral Interventions , Principal Investigator . Sponsor: NIH, Sponsor Award ID: K07CA197077


University of California, Davis, BS 2007 Biological Science
Harvard School of Public Health, ScM 2009 Epidemiology
Harvard School of Public Health, ScD 2011 Epidemiology, Nutrition (double major)
University of California, San Francisco, 2011-2013, Epidemiology and Biostatistics (Division of Cancer Epidemiology, post-doctoral scholar)

Honors & Awards

  • 2003
    Regent's Scholar, University of California, Davis (2003-2007)
  • 2009
    Nutritional Epidemiology of Cancer Career Development Program, NCI - pre-doctoral (2009-2011)
  • 2010
    Campbell Scholar, American Institute for Cancer Research
  • 2011
    Honorable Mention, 3rd N. American Congress of Epidemiology Lilienfeld Student Prize
  • 2011
    Molecular and Genetic Epidemiology of Cancer, NCI Training Grant post-doctoral fellow (2011-2013)
  • 2012
    Conquer Cancer Foundation Merit Award, American Society of Clinical Oncology
  • 2017
    Oral abstract presentation, ASCO press program, and Best of ASCO, ASCO 2017 Annual Meeting
  • 2019
    Best of the AACR Journals for one of the most cited articles published in 2018 in Cancer Epidemiology Biomarkers and Prevention
  • 2022    
    Citation Award Winner, "Optimization of a nutrition and physical activity intervention for colorectal cancer survivors: Tools To Be Fit study protocol," Society of Behavioral Medicine Annual Meeting, Society of Behavioral Medicine

Selected Publications

  1. Van Blarigan EL, Kenfield SA, Chan JM, Van Loon K, Paciorek A, Zhang L, Chan H, Savoie MB, Bocobo AG, Liu VN, Wong LX, Laffan A, Atreya CE, Miaskowski C, Fukuoka Y, Meyerhardt JA, Venook AP. Feasibility and Acceptability of a Web-Based Dietary Intervention with Text Messages for Colorectal Cancer: A Randomized Pilot Trial. Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev. 2020 04; 29(4):752-760.  View on PubMed
  2. Van Blarigan EL, Chan H, Van Loon K, Kenfield SA, Chan JM, Mitchell E, Zhang L, Paciorek A, Joseph G, Laffan A, Atreya CE, Fukuoka Y, Miaskowski C, Meyerhardt JA, Venook AP. Self-monitoring and reminder text messages to increase physical activity in colorectal cancer survivors (Smart Pace): a pilot randomized controlled trial. BMC Cancer. 2019 Mar 11; 19(1):218.  View on PubMed
  3. Van Blarigan EL, Ou FS, Niedzwiecki D, Zhang S, Fuchs CS, Saltz L, Mayer RJ, Venook A, Ogino S, Song M, Benson A, Hantel A, Atkins JN, Giovannucci EL, Meyerhardt JA. Dietary Fat Intake after Colon Cancer Diagnosis in Relation to Cancer Recurrence and Survival: CALGB 89803 (Alliance). Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev. 2018 10; 27(10):1227-1230.  View on PubMed
  4. Van Blarigan EL, Fuchs CS, Niedzwiecki D, Ye X, Zhang S, Song M, Saltz LB, Mayer RJ, Mowat RB, Whittom R, Hantel A, Benson A, Atienza D, Messino M, Kindler H, Venook A, Ogino S, Giovannucci EL, Meyerhardt JA. Marine ω-3 Polyunsaturated Fatty Acid and Fish Intake after Colon Cancer Diagnosis and Survival: CALGB 89803 (Alliance). Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev. 2018 04; 27(4):438-445.  View on PubMed
  5. Bauer SR, Van Blarigan EL, Stampfer MJ, Chan JM, Kenfield SA. Mediterranean diet after prostate cancer diagnosis and urinary and sexual functioning: The health professionals follow-up study. Prostate. 2018 02; 78(3):202-212.  View on PubMed
  6. Tat D, Kenfield SA, Cowan JE, Broering JM, Carroll PR, Van Blarigan EL, Chan JM. Milk and other dairy foods in relation to prostate cancer recurrence: Data from the cancer of the prostate strategic urologic research endeavor (CaPSURE™). Prostate. 2018 Jan; 78(1):32-39.  View on PubMed
  7. Van Blarigan EL, Kenfield SA, Tantum L, Cadmus-Bertram LA, Carroll PR, Chan JM. The Fitbit One Physical Activity Tracker in Men With Prostate Cancer: Validation Study. JMIR Cancer. 2017 Apr 18; 3(1):e5.  View on PubMed
  8. Emami NC, Leong L, Wan E, Van Blarigan EL, Cooperberg MR, Tenggara I, Carroll PR, Chan JM, Witte JS, Simko JP. Tissue Sources for Accurate Measurement of Germline DNA Genotypes in Prostate Cancer Patients Treated With Radical Prostatectomy. Prostate. 2017 03; 77(4):425-434.  View on PubMed
  9. Peisch SF, Van Blarigan EL, Chan JM, Stampfer MJ, Kenfield SA. Prostate cancer progression and mortality: a review of diet and lifestyle factors. World J Urol. 2017 Jun; 35(6):867-874.  View on PubMed
  10. Downer MK, Van Blarigan EL, Peisch SF, Stampfer MJ. Should We Fear Folate? Eur Urol. 2016 12; 70(6):952-953.  View on PubMed
  11. Nordström T, Van Blarigan EL, Ngo V, Roy R, Weinberg V, Song X, Simko J, Carroll PR, Chan JM, Paris PL. Associations between circulating carotenoids, genomic instability and the risk of high-grade prostate cancer. Prostate. 2016 Mar; 76(4):339-48.  View on PubMed
  12. Kenfield SA, Batista JL, Jahn JL, Downer MK, Van Blarigan EL, Sesso HD, Giovannucci EL, Stampfer MJ, Chan JM. Development and Application of a Lifestyle Score for Prevention of Lethal Prostate Cancer. J Natl Cancer Inst. 2016 Mar; 108(3).  View on PubMed
  13. Van Blarigan EL, Gerstenberger JP, Kenfield SA, Giovannucci EL, Stampfer MJ, Jones LW, Clinton SK, Chan JM, Mucci LA. Physical Activity and Prostate Tumor Vessel Morphology: Data from the Health Professionals Follow-up Study. Cancer Prev Res (Phila). 2015 Oct; 8(10):962-967.  View on PubMed
  14. Van Blarigan EL, Kenfield SA, Yang M, Sesso HD, Ma J, Stampfer MJ, Chan JM, Chavarro JE. Fat intake after prostate cancer diagnosis and mortality in the Physicians' Health Study. Cancer Causes Control. 2015 Aug; 26(8):1117-26.  View on PubMed
  15. Yang M, Kenfield SA, Van Blarigan EL, Wilson KM, Batista JL, Sesso HD, Ma J, Stampfer MJ, Chavarro JE. Dairy intake after prostate cancer diagnosis in relation to disease-specific and total mortality. Int J Cancer. 2015 Nov 15; 137(10):2462-9.  View on PubMed
  16. Yang M, Kenfield SA, Van Blarigan EL, Batista JL, Sesso HD, Ma J, Stampfer MJ, Chavarro JE. Dietary patterns after prostate cancer diagnosis in relation to disease-specific and total mortality. Cancer Prev Res (Phila). 2015 Jun; 8(6):545-51.  View on PubMed
  17. Joshu CE, Peskoe SB, Heaphy CM, Kenfield SA, Van Blarigan EL, Mucci LA, Giovannucci EL, Stampfer MJ, Yoon G, Lee TK, Hicks JL, De Marzo AM, Meeker AK, Platz EA. Prediagnostic Obesity and Physical Inactivity Are Associated with Shorter Telomere Length in Prostate Stromal Cells. Cancer Prev Res (Phila). 2015 Aug; 8(8):737-42.  View on PubMed
  18. Van Blarigan EL, Meyerhardt JA. Role of physical activity and diet after colorectal cancer diagnosis. J Clin Oncol. 2015 Jun 01; 33(16):1825-34.  View on PubMed
  19. Helfand BT, Roehl KA, Cooper PR, McGuire BB, Fitzgerald LM, Cancel-Tassin G, Cornu JN, Bauer S, Van Blarigan EL, Chen X, Duggan D, Ostrander EA, Gwo-Shu M, Zhang ZF, Chang SC, Jeong S, Fontham ET, Smith G, Mohler JL, Berndt SI, McDonnell SK, Kittles R, Rybicki BA, Freedman M, Kantoff PW, Pomerantz M, Breyer JP, Smith JR, Rebbeck TR, Mercola D, Isaacs WB, Wiklund F, Cussenot O, Thibodeau SN, Schaid DJ, Cannon-Albright L, Cooney KA, Chanock SJ, Stanford JL, Chan JM, Witte J, Xu J, Bensen JT, Taylor JA, Catalona WJ. Associations of prostate cancer risk variants with disease aggressiveness: results of the NCI-SPORE Genetics Working Group analysis of 18,343 cases. Hum Genet. 2015 Apr; 134(4):439-50.  View on PubMed
  20. Kenfield SA, Van Blarigan EL, DuPre N, Stampfer MJ, L Giovannucci E, Chan JM. Selenium supplementation and prostate cancer mortality. J Natl Cancer Inst. 2015 Jan; 107(1):360.  View on PubMed

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