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Frontiers in Nutrition and Cancer Prevention: Online Series

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Exploring the Microbiome in Cancer Prevention: A Closer Look at Probiotics, Prebiotics, and Synbiotics

Thursday, January 24, 2013
12:00 – 1:30 pm EST

The human gut is home to 100 trillion microbes, outnumbering human cells by a factor of 10 to 1. These microbes include bacteria, fungi, algae and protozoa. In fact, the genetic repertoire of these microbes is 100 times greater than the human host.

This group of microbes, known as the microbiome, has significant effects on human health. Some strains of bacteria have been shown to offer protection against certain types of cancer while others may be directly implicated in cancer pathogenesis.

We invite clinicians and researchers to register for this 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 microbiomes in cancer prevention from basic science and clinical research to future directions.


  • Gabriela Riscuta, MD, CNS
    Program Director
    Nutritional Science Research Group
    Division of Cancer Prevention
    National Cancer Institute
    National Institutes of Health

Featured Presenters

  • Probiotics and Cancer Prevention: A Current Perspective
    M. Andrea Azcarate-Peril, PhD, RD
    Assistant Professor
    Director of the Microbiome Research Core
    University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill
  • Prebiotics and Their Role in Cancer Prevention
    Joanne L. Slavin, PhD, RD
    Department of Food Science and Nutrition
    University of Minnesota
  • Synbiotics and Cancer Prevention
    Ian Rowland, PhD, RD
    Head of Hugh Sinclair Unit of the University of Reading-Food Biosciences


  • Discuss the strengths and weaknesses of the scientific evidence of preclinical data relating probiotics, prebiotics, and synbiotics to cancer prevention;
  • Discuss clinical data relating probiotics, prebiotics, and synbiotics to cancer prevention; and
  • Identify and discuss the gaps in knowledge and future directions of research to better understand the role of the microbiome in cancer prevention.

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

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