Cardio-Oncology Working Group

The mission of the Cardio-Oncology Working Group is to create a unique multidisciplinary group to foster a collaborative environment between researchers and clinicians who are interested in the field of cardio-oncology (cardiotoxicity of anticancer therapies) to improve the outcomes of cancer patients. The objectives of this working group are to advance cardio-oncology through basic and translational research and to foster early-career investigators.

Current areas of interest include:

  • Anthracycline-induced cardiomyopathy
  • Proteasome inhibitor-related cardiotoxicity
  • Radiation therapy-related cardiotoxicity
  • Immune checkpoint inhibitor-related cardiotoxicities
  • Exercise intervention in cancer patients
  • Disparities in cardiotoxicity in cancer patients
  • Cardioprotective agents
  • Genetics of cardio-oncology

Meeting agenda items will vary and can include:

  • Presenting results of studies
  • Presentation and discussion of recent publications in the field
  • Identification of collaborators
  • Discussion to create additional collaborative grant applications
  • Presentation of early-stage ideas for feedback
  • Discussion to help strengthen proposals before submission to funding agencies
  • Presentation by an outside expert


Katelyn A Bruno

Katelyn A Bruno PhD, FHFSA

Assistant Professor Of Cardiovascular Medicine
Phone: (352) 273-9064
Yan Gong
Department: Pharmacotherapy & Translational Research

Yan Gong Ph.D.

Associate Professor
Phone: (352) 273-6297

Working Group Committee

Demetra Christou, Ph.D., FAHA
Associate Professor, Department of Applied Physiology & Kinesiology, UF College of Health and Human Performance
Phone: 352-294-1715

Lakeshia Cousin, Ph.D., APRN, AGPCNP-BC
Assistant Professor, Department of Family, Community and Health Systems Science, UF College of Nursing
Phone: 352-273-6318

Walter O’Dell, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Department of Radiation Oncology, UF College of Biomedical Engineering and Medical Physics
Phone: 352-265-7834

Ashley Smuder, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Department of Applied Physiology & Kinesiology, UF College of Health & Human Performance
Phone: 352-294-1765

Jennifer Woodard, M.P.H., CCRP
Director, Office of Community Outreach & Engagement, UF Health Cancer Center
Associate Director, Clinical Research, Department of Health Outcomes and Biomedical Informatics
Phone: 352-294-5974

For more information about the group, please contact Katelyn Bruno, Ph.D., FHFSA, at or Yan Gong, Ph.D., at

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