Scientific Advisors - Helping with Research

Gary Kimmel M.D., Oncologist (retired)

Dr. Kimmel practiced medicine in Texas for nearly 3 decades, most of that time as a Clinical Hematologist Oncologist. Upon retiring he started the Cancer Foundation For Life (CFFL) of which he is the Board Chair Emeritus. The CFFL has served over 10,000 since inception in 2001 and is unique in that it is free to all participants for life.

Dr. Kimmel's experience and his advocacy at the local, regional, and national levels, with oncology medical groups, legislative bodies, and Universities, provide valuable guidance on the practical realities of exercise in cancer research.

Personally, he is no stranger to the pitfalls of maintaining an active lifestyle. After establishing a successful medical practice he realized he needed to take care of himself as well. Late in life he began exercising to improve his health and today he continues to enjoy a daily run.

Lee W. Jones, Ph.D.

Dr. Jones is an Associate Professor in the Department of Radiation Oncology and Scientific Director of cancer survivorship at Duke Cancer Institute.

His research focuses on a translational approach to: (1) evaluate the cardiovascular/functional impact of cancer therapy, and the efficacy of defined exercise training to prevent and/or treat dysfunction, and (2) elucidate the effects, and underlying systemic and molecular mechanisms, of defined aerobic training on tumor progression and metastatic dissemination.

He has published numerous scientific articles and book chapters. He is also a member of the International Editorial Board for Lancet Oncology. His research program is supported by the National Institutes of Health, American Cancer Society, and U.S. Department of Defense Breast Cancer Research Program.

Dr. Jones is an exercise and sports enthusiast, he has run marathons for charity and was formerly a semi-professional soccer player in England.

James Smoliga, D.V.M., Ph.D.

Dr. Smoliga is Associate Professor of Physiology at High Point University, High Point, N.C.. He received his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from Cornell University and his Ph.D. in Sports Medicine and Nutrition from University of Pittsburgh after majoring in Animal Science at Rutgers University.

Dr. Smoliga’s support of and contributions to exercise research include publishing in peer review journals as well as serving as a editor and reviewer, presenting to other professionals, supervising graduate researchers and students, lecturing, and his own research. In addition to numerous professional academic memberships he has remained active in sports from coaching at the high school level all the way to consulting at the professional level. Jamey is a former collegiate athlete, having competed for Rutgers in Cross Country and track.


Dr Tran currently has a number of positions at the Anschutz Medical Campus at the University of Colorado:
  • Interim Director, University of Colorado Cancer Center Biostatistics & Bioinformatics Core
  • Director CISRC Biostatistics Core
  • Research Professor of Biostatistics and Informatics
  • Clinical Professor of Pediatrics
He received his PhD. in statistics and is known for Meta-analysis research, particularly regarding blood lipids, cancer, and cardiac rehabilitation. Additionally, Dr Tran has been a guest lecturer and professor, invited speaker and presenter, published numerous research papers, received funding for many research grants, and been on review committees for scientific journals and for graduate students.

He lives with his family in Colorado and has an active life with personal interests in sports ranging from high school coaching to martial arts and auto racing.
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