He is a principal investigator of the Health, Aging, and Body Composition (Health ABC) study—an observational study of the onset of physical disability in relation to body composition change, particularly loss of muscle mass (or, sarcopenia) in old age. In collaboration with SFCC scientist Dr. Katie Stone, Dr. Cummings is exploring the relationship between sleep disorders and/or quality of sleep, and the risk of cardiovascular disease, osteoporosis, falls, and decline in cognitive function. With support from the Daniel and Phyllis Da Costa Fund, Dr. Cummings partners with researchers at the Royal Marsden Hospital in London. Together, they are investigating strategies to prevent breast cancer, and developing new means to identify women at high risk of the illness.
Dr. Cummings has over 25 years’ experience leading multicenter observational studies and clinical trials, and he is pursuing new initiatives designed to increase the efficiency and cost-effectiveness of clinical trials.
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