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  • Dr. Melanie Keats, PhD


Associate Professor, School of Health and Human Performance (Division of Kinesiology), Dalhousie University


02/2018 – present Affiliate Scientist Division of Medical Oncology, Nova Scotia Health Authority
01/2009 – present Scientific Staff, Izzak Walton Killam Health Center

Research Interests:

Exercise oncology; cancer survivorship; late-effects; interventions; implementation science

Dr. Keats’ program of research focuses on exploring the role of physical activity and related modifiable lifestyle behaviors across the cancer continuum. Dr. Keats is the Scientific lead of ACCESS (Activating Cancer Communities through an Exercise Strategy for Survivors) the Nova Scotia based physical activity study for cancer survivors. 

Involvement with BHCRI to date:

Dr. Keats is a BHCRI Senior Scientist, a member of the BHCRI Training Committee and has presented at a BHCRI Seminar Series.


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Stairs House, Dalhousie University, 6230 South Street, Halifax, NS, Canada, B3H 4R2


Forbes, C.C., Keats, M., Rainham, D., Younis, T., & Blanchard, C. (2018). Changes in objectively measured physical activity and sedentary behaviour among breast cancer survivors undergoing treatment. Rehabilitative Oncology, 36(4), 198-205. 

Bourdon, A., Grandy, S., & Keats, M.R. (2018). Aerobic exercise and cardiopulmonary fitness in childhood cancer survivors treated with a cardiotoxic agent: A meta-analysis. Supportive Care in Cancer, 26(7), 2113-2123.

Roach, L., & Keats, M.R. (2018). Skill-based and planned active play versus free-play effects on fundamental movement skills in preschoolers. Perceptual & Motor Skills, 125(4), 651-668.

Keats, M.R., Shea, K., Parker, L., Stewart, S.A., Flanders, A., & Bernstein, A. (2018). After childhood cancer: Physician, parent/guardian, and survivor information needs and perspectives on long-term follow-up and survivorship care plans. Journal of Cancer Education.

Woodside, H., Culos-Reed, S.N., Grégoire, MC, Rutledge, R., & Keats, M.R. (2018). Yoga for young adults with non-curative cancer: A brief report. Global Advances in Health and Medicine,7, 1-4.

Yu, Z.M., De Clercq, V., Cui, Y., Forbes, C., Grandy, S., Keats, M., Parker, P., Sweeney, E., Dummer, T.J.B. (2018). Fruit and vegetable intake and obesity among populations in Eastern Canada: The Atlantic Partnership for Tomorrow’s Health study. BMJ Open. 8:e018060. doi:10.1136/bmjopen-2017-018060

DeClercq, V., Cui, Y., Forbes, C., Grandy, S., Keats, M., Parker, L., Sweeney, E., Yu, Z.M., Dummer T.J.B. (2017). Relationship between adiponectin and apoB in individuals with diabetes in the Atlantic PATH cohort. Journal of the Endocrine Society, 1(12), 1477-1487.

Keats, M.R., Cui, Y., DeClercq, V., Dummer, T.J.B., Forbes, C., Grandy, S., Hicks, J., Sweeney, E., Yu, Z.M., & Parker, L. (2017). Multimorbidity in Atlantic Canada and association with low levels of physical activity. Preventive Medicine, 105, 326-331. 

DeClercq, V., Cui, Y., Forbes, C., Grandy, S., Keats, M., Parker, L., Sweeney, E., Yu, Z., & Dummer, T. (2017). Association between diet quality and adiposity in the Atlantic PATH Cohort. Nutrients, 9, 1155; doi:10.3390/nu9101155.

DeClercq, V., Cui, Y., Forbes, C., Grandy, S. Keats, M.R., Parker, L., Sweeney, E., Yu, M.Z., & Dummer, T. (2017). Adiposity measures and plasma adipokines in females with rheumatoid and osteoarthritis. Mediators of Inflammation.

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