• MPNRF | September 29, 2015

    Dr. Jennifer Huberty’s research lab, in partnership with the Mayo Clinic and UDAYA Entertainment Inc., is conducting a research study to explore the preliminary effects of a home-based, online-streamed yoga intervention on symptoms and quality of life within Myeloproliferative Neoplasm (MPN) cancer patients. Click here to download the flier.

    Inclusion Criteria: 1) have a diagnosis of essential thrombocytosis, polycythemia vera, or myelofibrosis identified by treating physician, 2) answer “no” to all items on the Physical Activity Readiness Questionnaire (PAR-Q), or be willing to obtain a signed medical release from their physician, 3) have access to a desktop or laptop on a regular basis, 4) have access to reliable internet, 5) read and understand English, and 6) age 18 years or older 7) own a yoga mat or are willing to purchase a yoga mat.

    There is no in-person aspect to this study. The intervention is delivered online through a web-based streaming yoga program. There are phone interviews and online surveys/questionnaires to complete as well. Our research lab is located in Phoenix, AZ, but anyone from anywhere in the country can participate as long as they meet our inclusion criteria and do not meet any of our exclusion criteria. We will have interested participants complete an eligibility survey in order to screen them for eligibility. Here is the link to the eligibility survey:

    This group is studying MPN patients because they are an understudied population in terms of how physical activity can impact quality of life. Yoga is an alternative approach that has been used in other populations and a few select cancer populations, but there is no research on the impact of a yoga-based intervention on quality of life in MPN cancer patients.

    If you would like to know more about our study, please feel free to contact our PI, Dr. Jennifer Huberty at