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Nutritional Science Research Group

Frontiers in Nutrition and Cancer Prevention: Online Series

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Cancer Prevention Through Immuno- modulation: Does Diet Play a Role?

Tuesday, September 16, 2014
12:00 – 1:30 pm EDT

Scientists are increasingly harnessing the power of the immune system to prevent cancer. Nutrition provides an opportunity for a generalized immune activation and reduction of cancer risk in certain populations. Research on several foods and bioactive food components as immunologic modulators is showing promising results.

We invite clinicians and researchers to join us for this free webinar offered by the Nutritional Science Research Group, NCI's Frontiers in Nutrition and Cancer Prevention Series. The experts will discuss the strengths and weaknesses of the scientific data as it relates to mushrooms and soy isoflavones in immune response as a mechanism for cancer prevention.


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

Featured Presenters

  • Dietary Modulation of the Immune Response: Does It Play a Role in Cancer Prevention?

    Simin Nikbin Meydani, DVM, PhD
    Senior Scientist and Director, Nutritional Immunology Laboratory
    Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging
    Tufts University
    Boston, MA, USA

  • Mushroom Beta Glucans and Cancer Prevention

    Susanna Cunningham-Rundles, PhD
    Professor of Immunology in Pediatrics & Vice Chair for Academic Affairs
    Director, Weill-Cornell Cellular Immunology Laboratory
    Cornell University
    New York, NY, USA

  • Soy Isoflavones and Cancer Prevention through Immune Modulation

    Leena Hilakivi-Clarke, PhD
    Professor of Oncology
    Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center
    Georgetown University
    Washington, DC, USA

Continuing Education Credits

Continuing Education Credits have been approved for registered dietitians who participate in this live webinar. See the Continuing Education page for more information.


  • Understand and discuss the key immune responses to food and bioactive food components involved in cancer prevention.
  • Evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of data as it relates to the role of mushrooms in cancer prevention.
  • Evaluate the strength and weaknesses of data as it relates to the role of soy and soy isoflavones in cancer prevention.

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

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