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Dr Daniel Santa Mina

Dr Daniel Santa Mina


  • Post-Doctoral Fellow, The Prostate Centre, Princess Margaret Cancer Centre
  • Assistant Program Head, Kinesiology Program, University of Guelph-Humber


  • PhD at York University, Toronto, Canada
  • Certified Exercise Physiologist at Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology
  • Cancer Exercise Specialist at Rocky Mountain Cancer Institute at The University of Northern Colorado, United States


Daniel Santa Mina is a Post-Doctoral Fellow at the Prostate Centre at the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre (Toronto, Canada) and the Assistant Program Head of Kinesiology at the University of Guelph-Humber (Toronto, Canada).

Dr Santa Mina is also a Certified Exercise Physiologist (Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology) and Cancer Exercise Specialist (RMCRI; University of Northern Colorado).

His research focus includes the effect of exercise during treatment for prostate cancer (specifically radical prostatectomy and androgen deprivation therapy), adherence to exercise in prostate cancer, the biological effect of exercise on prostate cancer cell proliferation, and trends in exercise programming for cancer patients.  

He is the co-founder of the Survivorship Exercise Program at the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre, a clinical-research exercise program for prostate cancer survivors.

Current areas of collaboration: Exercise research in prostate cancer.

Best publications:

Santa Mina, D, Alibhai, SMH, Matthew, AG, Guglietti, CL, Pirbaglou, M, Trachtenberg, J, and Ritvo, P. (e-pub ahead of print/in press). “A randomized trial of aerobic exercise versus resistance training in prostate cancer survivors”. Journal of Aging and Physical Activity.

Santa Mina, D, Ritvo, P, Matthew, AG, Rampersad, A, Stein, H, Cheung, A, Trachtenberg, J, and Alibhai, SMH. (2012) “A pilot randomized trial of group exercise versus personal training for men with prostate cancer receiving androgen deprivation therapy.” Journal of Cancer Therapy. 3:146-156.

Santa Mina, D, Alibhai, SMH, Matthew, AG, Guglietti, CL, Steele, J, Trachtenberg, J, and Ritvo, P. (2012) “Exercise in the clinical care for cancer: A call to action and program development description.” Current Oncology. 19 (3): e136-144. doi: 10.3747/co.19.912

Santa Mina, D, Alibhai, SMH, Matthew, AG, Guglietti, CL, Moonsammy, S, Trachtenberg, J, and Ritvo, P. (2012) “Physical exercise for secondary osteoporosis.” The Open Bone Journal. 4:1-13.

Santa Mina, D, Matthew, AG, Trachtenberg, J, Tomlinson, G, Guglietti, CL, Alibhai, SMH, and Ritvo, P (2010) “Physical activity and quality of life after radical prostatectomy.”  Canadian Urological Association Journal. 4(3): 180-186.

alternative treatment, behaviour, cancer progression, endogenous factors, exercise, exogenous factors, genes/genetic polymorphisms, metastases, prostate cancer, survivorship.

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