Brief Profile Karen Steindorf 2012


Head, Unit of Physical Activity and Cancer, Joint Research Group of the Divisions of Preventive Oncology and Environmental Epidemiology, German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ) and National Center for Tumor Diseases (NCT) Heidelberg, Germany
Associate Professor, University of Heidelberg

Karen Steindorf is Head of the Unit of Physical Activity and Cancer at the German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ) and the National Center for Tumor Diseases (NCT) in Heidelberg, Germany. She performed her Master’s studies in Statistics and Theoretical Medicine at the Universities of Dortmund, Germany, and Sheffield, Great Britain. Dr. Steindorf spent parts of her PhD in Epidemiology at the National Cancer Institute, Bethesda, USA. After fulfilling a leading position in the pharmaceutical industry over 3 years, she returned to academia in 1999. Since 2011 she is Professor at the Medical Faculty of the University Heidelberg.

Dr. Steindorf has authored more than 90 publications. She is known for her contributions to the primary preventive effects of physical activity on various cancer sites, both from case-control and cohort studies, her investigations into the biological mechanisms of physical activity and energy balance, as well as her expertise on quantitative risk assessments. In the field of exercise in cancer patients, her group is currently performing several randomized controlled trials, with Dr. Steindorf being Principal Investigator of the BEATE- and the BEST study. For several years she served as Board Member of the German Epidemiologic Society. For the German National Cohort, she is Co-Chair of the Working Group Physical Activity. In addition, Dr. Steindorf has been elected as Chair of the Working Group Sports and Cancer of the German Cancer Society in 2012.

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