The Susan G. Komen Foundation for Breast Cancer Research recently awarded Rachel Walker with the Career Catalyst Research Award for $450,000. Walker is an assistant professor and nurse scientist at the University of Massachusetts (UMass) Amherst College of Nursing. Out of five research teams who received the award this year, Walker’s was the only nurse-led team.

Walker’s work will build on her previous research at the Johns Hopkins University Center for Innovative Care in Aging. Over the course of three years, Walker will be working with a multidisciplinary team to develop an “off-the-shelf survivorship toolkit” for breast cancer survivors. With a goal of helping breast cancer survivors take control of their health, Walker’s study will track the health of participants using wearable technology to reduce symptom interference, support goal achievement, and increase activity.

With help from Innovation Fellows from UMass Amherst’s Isenberg School of Management and the Institute for Applied Life Sciences, Walker’s team hopes to have a scalable product developed and widely accessible at the end of her study. She believes in the long-term potential of her approach for maintaining wellness for a variety of health settings and communities.

To learn more about Walker’s background and her upcoming study, visit

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