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Nutritional Science Research Group

Vitamin D and Cancer Prevention: Shining Light on the Current Research

Frontiers in Nutrition and Cancer Prevention: Online Series

Friday, December 02, 2011
12:00 – 1:30 pm EST


  • Discuss and analyze the scientific evidence regarding the new dietary guidelines for vitamin D in terms of recommended dietary allowances, tolerable upper intake levels, and corresponding serum 25(OH)D levels
  • Identify strengths and weaknesses of clinical data relating to vitamin D and cancer prevention
  • Discuss and analyze the biological basis by which vitamin D inadequacy or excess influences cancer risk

Vitamin D is increasingly recognized to have multiple physiological roles beyond its function in bone health. Emerging evidence suggests that higher vitamin D exposures may reduce risk of certain cancers in some populations, but can possibly increase risk in others. We will discuss current nutritional guidelines, strength of current research, and some potential mechanisms by which vitamin D may influence cancer risk.


  • Vitamin D Overview: What We Know; What We Need to Know
    Gabriela Riscuta, MD, CNS

    Nutritionist, Nutritional Science Research Group, Division of Cancer Prevention, National Cancer Institute, National Institutes of Health

Featured Presenters

  • Dietary Guidelines: How Much Is Enough? How Much Is Too Much?
    JoAnn E. Manson, MD, MPH, DrPH
    Professor of Medicine and the Michael and Lee Bell Professor of Women’s Health, Harvard Medical School, Chief, Division of Preventive Medicine, Brigham and Women's Hospital, and member of IOM Committee on Dietary Reference Intakes for Vitamin D and Calcium
  • Clinical Research: Does Vitamin D Inhibit Cancer? How Strong Is the Clinical Evidence?
    Donald L. Trump, MD, FACP
    President, CEO and Professor of Oncology at Roswell Park Cancer Institute
  • Basic Science: Potential Mechanisms for Vitamin D-Mediated Effects on Cancer
    James C. Fleet, PhD
    Professor, Department of Nutrition Science, Center for Cancer Research,
    Purdue University

We invite clinicians and researchers to register for the second free webinar in NCI's Frontiers in Nutrition and Cancer Prevention Series. Experts in the field of nutrition will update you on the role of vitamin D, from dietary guidelines to clinical research to basic science.

Continuing Education Credits are available for physicians, registered dietitians, and registered nurses who participate in this live webinar. See the Continuing Education page for more information.

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This webinar will use Microsoft Live Meeting. Click here for technical requirements.

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