Elena Ladas

Elena Ladas

Elena Ladas

Associate Professor of Nutrition
(in Epidemiology, Pediatrics, and in the Institute of Human Nutrition) at the Columbia University Medical Center
Director, Integrative Therapies Program

Office/Address:

3959 Broadway, CHN 10-06A
New York NY USA 10708
Phone:
2123057835
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Biography

I am a clinical nutritional scientist who specializes in supportive care in pediatric oncology and hematopoietic cell transplant (HCT). My clinical and research expertise lies in the application of novel therapies to enhance the current armamentarium of supportive care interventions in pediatric oncology and HCT. My research has focused on clinical research studies that examine the role of either nutrition or integrative therapies (IM) as part of existing supportive care interventions. I serve as the Chair of the Nutrition Committee of Children’s Oncology Group (an NCI-funded cooperative clinical trials group) and serve as member to the NCI PDQ Advisory Board on complementary/alternative medicine. Each of these roles provide me with the necessary infrastructure and support to conceptually develop and implement clinical research studies. My long-term goal is to develop evidence-based, supportive care clinical models and guidelines that incorporate the best of both conventional, nutritional, and integrative medicine. This research goal is aimed at fostering the delivery of supportive care interventions that: (1) Improve quality of life during and after treatment for cancer, (2) Reduce treatment-related toxicities and improve survival; and (3) Facilitate the delivery of supportive care services throughout the spectrum of cancer care.

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Education

BS, 1992, Fashion Institute of Technology
MS, 2000, Institute of Human Nutrition
PhD, 2013, Teacher's College, Columbia University

Mailman Affiliations

Sid and Helaine Lerner Assistant Professor for Global Integrative Medicine in the Division of Hematology/Oncology/Stem Cell Transplant in the Department of Pediatrics (in Epidemiology and in the Institute of Human Nutrition) at the Columbia University Me

Columbia Affiliations

Sid and Helaine Lerner Assistant Professor for Global Integrative Medicine in the Division of Hematology/Oncology/Stem Cell Transplant in the Department of Pediatrics (in Epidemiology and in the Institute of Human Nutrition) at the Columbia University Me

Other Affiliations

Honors & Awards

Mentored Research Scholar Award, American Cancer Society
Participant, The John Milner Nutrition and Cancer Prevention Research Practicum sponsored by the Nutritional Science Research Group, National Cancer Institute & the Department of Nutrition at the Clinical Center, National Institutes of Health.
Children’s Oncology Group, Nursing Discipline Service Award
National Cancer Institute, National Institute of Health Merit Awards Physician Data Query Editorial Board, Complementary and Alternative Physician Data Query Editorial Board, Supportive and Palliative Care

Areas of Expertise

Big Data, Cancer, Complementary and Alternative Therapies, Nutrition, Obesity, Global Health

Select Global Activities

International Initiative for Pediatric and Nutrition (IIPAN), India: Dr. Ladas and colleagues are collaborating with the Hematology Oncology Unit, Advanced Pediatrics Center at the Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER) in Chandigarh, to establish uniform levels of care through the validation of nutritional algorithm. The children participating in this study will be recruited from PGIMER and the research will be facilitated by the local investigators in Chandigarh. In collaboration with Tata Memorial Hospital in Mumbai, IIPAN and its collaborators are evaluating the effect of malnutrition on the development of sarcopenic obesity in Indian children with acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL). The study will examine lifestyle factors, genetics, and demographic variables among Indian children and adolescents with ALL. The participants for the study will be children and adolescents undergoing treatment at Tata Memorial Hospital, the largest pediatric cancer center in South Asia.
International Initiative for Pediatric and Nutrition (IIPAN), Guatemala: CUMC is collaborating with Unidad De Oncologica Pediatrica (UNOP) in Guatemala City, the only academic pediatric cancer center in Guatemala, providing care to more than 400 cases annually, to examine the role of nutritional status on treatment-outcomes in children with acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL). The objective is to determine the association of nutritional status, physical activity, body composition with clinical outcomes in children undergoing treatment for ALL.
International Initiative for Pediatric and Nutrition (IIPAN), Brazil: About 500 new cases of neuroblastoma are diagnosed annually in Brazil. The Institute of Treatment of Childhood Cancer, Institute of the Child, Clinics Hospital, School of Medicine, and University of Sao Paolo (ITACI) in Sao Paolo, Brazil is one of the largest hospitals in the country providing cancer treatment for children from all socioeconomic backgrounds. CUMC is collaborating with ITACI to investigate the impact of nutrition status, body composition, and dietary intake, and their association with treatment outcomes and quality of life in children undergoing treatment for neuroblastoma.

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