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Steven Cole

UCLA School of Medicine

Study Role

  • Conducting, Analyzing and interpreting Gene Expression Assays


Steven Cole is a Professor of Medicine in the Division of Hematology-Oncology at the UCLA School of Medicine. His research maps the molecular pathways by which social and environmental factors influence the activity of human, viral, and tumor genomes. He pioneered the use of functional genomics approaches in social and behavioral research, and has mapped the signal transduction pathways by which social factors enhance replication of viruses (e.g., HIV-1 and HHV-8), alter expression of immune response genes (e.g., IL-6 and Interferon-beta), and up-regulate expression of pro-metastatic genes by human breast and ovarian cancer cells.

His research uses computational modeling strategies to identify transcription factors that mediate socio-environmental influences on gene expression and genetic polymorphisms that modify those effects to create Gene x Environment interactions. Dr. Cole is member of the Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center, the Norman Cousins Center, the UCLA Molecular Biology Institute, and the NCI Network on Biobehavioral Pathways in Cancer, and he holds a joint appointment in UCLA’s Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences.

Dr. Philip Peng, M.D.
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University of Toronto, Faculty of Medicine

Study Role

  • Protocol development
  • Manuscript preparation and dissemination


Dr. Philip Peng is the Director of Anesthesia Chronic Pain Program of University Health Network and Director of Research in Wasser Pain Management Center. His special interest is in chronic pain especially the pursuit of pain education. He is the Chair for the Education Special Interest Group (SIG) of the Canadian Pain Society and the executive of the Education SIG of the International Association of the Study of Pain.

He is also well know for his work and education in interventional pain procedures and is the authority in applying ultrasound-guided intervention for pain medicine. He has practiced traditional Tai Chi for 16 years and learned the Yang style Tai Chi directly from his father.

Dr. Philip Peng is a full professor in the Department of Anesthesia of University of Toronto.

He has played an important role in the education of the pain medicine and established major teaching courses for Pain in Canada such as National Pain Refresher Course, Canadian Pain Interventional Course, and Ultrasound for Pain Medicine Course. Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (RCPSC) honored him with Founder designation in Pain Medicine for his role in establishing Pain Medicine subspecialty in Canada. Besides, he currently serves as the Chair of Exam committee in Pain Medicine in RCPSC, and previously served as the chair of the Education Special Interest Group (SIG) of Canadian Pain Society and the founding executive of Pain Education SIG of International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP). He has been honored with numerous teaching awards at national and regional level.

Dr. Philip Peng is also a leader and pioneer in the application of ultrasound for pain medicine. Being one of the founding fathers for Ultrasound for Pain Medicine (USPM) SIG for ASRA (American Society of Regional Anesthesia), he was involved in the establishment of the guideline for Education and Training for USPM, which was adopted by five continents. He is the co-chair for the new Ultrasound for Pain Medicine Exam Certificate and chair for the Musculoskeletal Pain Ultrasound Cadaver workshop for ASRA. He has been the chair or main organizer for various major teaching course for USPM, including satellite meeting of World Congress of Pain, International Pain Congress, satellite meeting for combined Canadian and British Pain Society Conference, International Symposium of Ultrasound for Regional Anesthesia (ISURA), Canadian Pain Interventional Course.

He has edited 7 books, written 53 book chapters and published more than 90 peer-reviewed publications.

Bruce Thong

McMaster University, Hamilton ON

Study Role

  • Protocol development
  • Manuscript preparation and dissemination


Bruce Thong, B.Sc.(Hons) [McMaster], M.Sc. [Toronto] Tai Chi Chief Instructor, the Mindfulness Centre, Dept of Athletics &
Recreation, McMaster University (since 2014); and the Michael
Degroote Pain Clinic 4V5, McMaster University Medical Centre,
Hamilton, ON (since 2016).
Tai Chi instructorship certified by 5th generation TC Master John GM
Chiu (Chiu’s Tai Chi & Kungfu Institute, Ryerson recreation centre,
Hamilton, ON), who trained under the 4th generation Yang style TC
Grandmaster Yang Shou-Chung [1910—1985] of Hong Kong, the great
grandson of the Yang style TC founder Yang Lu-Chan [1799—1872].
Initially introduced to Tai Chi in 1986 by the late 10th Dan Grandmaster
Richard Kim, founder of the Zenbei Butokukai Shorinji-ryu
Karate/Kobudo & Tai Chi Chuan organization, USA when Bruce begun
his karate/kobudo training (kobudo is the art of ancient weaponry).
Currently holder of a 4th Dan in Okinawa Shorin-ryu Shorinkan Karatedo
& Kobudo Kyokai’s ranking.
After retirement from clinical biochemistry research and development
(in the Division of Experimental Thrombosis & Atherosclerosis, Dept of
Medicine, formerly Henderson Research Centre, Juravinski Hospital,
Hamilton, ON; and Division of Allergy & Clinical Immunology, Dept of
Medicine, McMaster University) Bruce has continued his passion for Tai
Chi practice, training (since 1986), coaching (since 1997) and
collaborating in Tai Chi research. He served as the TC chief instructor,
protocol developer & principal TC resource person for training TC
assistant co-instructors for the 2011-2013 Tai Chi clinical trial at the
Cardiac Health & Rehabilitation Centre (CHRC), Hamilton General
Hospital under the auspices and supervision of Dr. Robert S McKelvie,
MD, PhD, the medical director of the CHRC. Bruce also coached Tai Chi
(mind-body exercise & martial applications) at the annual summer
training and grading camps of the Canadian Shorin-ryu Karatedo &
Kobudo Alliance in Scarborough, ON (1997-2008). With his background
in clinical biochemistry, physiology, pathophysiology and mindfulmovement
exercises Bruce enjoys discussing, rationalizing, sharing and
gaining deeper insights into the evidence-based physiological
consequences of Tai Chi and exploring the best practices to optimize
the health benefits of Tai Chi with Drs. Raimond Wong and Philip Peng.
Dr. Raimond Wong, M.D.

McMaster University, Radiation Oncology, Hamilton ON

Study Role

  • Protocol development
  • Manuscript preparation and dissemination


Dr. Raimond Wong is the chair of the Gastrointestinal Oncology Site Group at the Juravinski Cancer Centre, Hamilton Health Sciences. He is a Radiation Oncologist and certified Medical Acupuncturist, and an Associate Professor in the Department of Oncology, he holds a joint appointment in the Department of Medicine at McMaster University.

Dr. Wong completed his undergraduate training and postgraduate training in Diagnostic Radiology at the University of Hong Kong. He furthered his training in Radiation Oncology at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario and obtained a Clinical/Research Fellowship at the Princess Margaret Hospital. He became an Active Staff member at the Juravinski Cancer Centre in 1997. He obtained a Diploma in Chinese Herbology from China Academy of Chinese Medical Sciences, Beijing.

His clinical expertise is gastrointestinal and skin cancers. His main research interest is in the integration of evidence-based complementary medicine, in particular acupuncture and Chinese Medicine into conventional oncology care. He published extensively in this area and was awarded by the International Council of Medical Acupuncture and Related Techniques for his outstanding research work. He is currently principle investigator for multicentre and in-house trials to examine the effect of acupuncture in treating cancer treatment related complications.