CANCELLED - John Milner Nutrition and Cancer Prevention Research Practicum


As the first cases of COVID-19 (coronavirus) have now been reported in our area, the National Institutes of Health and the National Cancer Institute have made the difficult but necessary decision to cancel the 2020 John Milner Nutrition and Cancer Prevention Research Practicum. We know how disappointing this is, and this decision was not made in haste. The health and safety of our travelers, visitors, and staff is our top priority.

We thank you for understanding the extreme difficulty of this decision.

What Happens Next?

Everyone will be able to attend the practicum in March 2021, 2022, or 2023 without having to re-apply.

As soon as we know, we will send you the dates for the March 2021 meeting.

Thank you for your patience and please let us know of any questions.

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is offering a one-week educational opportunity in Nutrition and Cancer Prevention Research for individuals with a sustained commitment to nutrition and health promotion.

Offered since 2004, this one-week intense learning session provides specialized instruction in the role of diet and bioactive food components as modifiers of cancer incidence and tumor behavior, and engages participants through didactic and interactive experiences. The practicum is not intended to enhance patient education or clinical practice, rather, it is research based and best suited for those interested in expanding their research.

As a participant in this practicum, you will:

  • Learn pertinent pre-clinical and clinical studies related to bioactive food components, cancer prevention and survivorship;
  • Identify the impact of cutting edge research on cancer prevention, including topics such as the microbiome, nutrigenomics, and bioenergetics;
  • Explore the Metabolic Unit at the USDA and tour the National Library of Medicine;
  • Collaborate with peers and build your network; and
  • Acquire additional skills to formulate research ideas and communicate effectively.


This practicum is open, at no cost, to those who have a commitment to nutrition including graduate students, registered dietitian nutritionists (RDNs), and students enrolled in an ACEND-accredited supervised practice program or combined with undergraduate or graduate studies. Non-government academicians, physicians and other health care professionals in the early stage of their career also are eligible. International applicants are welcome. Room, board, and transportation expenses are the responsibility of the participant. Full week commitment is required.


  • Nutritional Science Research Group, Division of Cancer Prevention, NCI, NIH
  • Department of Nutrition at the Clinical Center, NIH
  • USDA Beltsville Human Nutrition Research Center

Continuing Education Credits are available for RDNs.

About the John Milner Nutrition and Cancer Prevention Research Practicum

Portrait of the late John Milner, Ph.D., previous chief of the Nutritional Science Research Group.
John Milner, Ph.D.

Dr. John A. Milner (1947-2013) was an internationally respected scientist known for his work in human nutrition and cancer prevention. He served as Chief of the Nutritional Science Research Group in the Division of Cancer Prevention at the National Cancer Institute (NCI) from 2000 to 2012 after a successful academic career serving as faculty and department head at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Pennsylvania State University, respectively. During his tenure at NCI and through his energetic leadership and participation with other federal, professional and private organizations, he promoted research on the effects of consumption of dietary components on human health maintenance and the prevention of diseases such as cancer.

Dr. Milner’s enthusiasm for training had a major impact on the field of nutrition and cancer prevention. In 2004, he initiated the annual NCI training program which has since been named in his honor, the John Milner Nutrition and Cancer Prevention Research Practicum and is intended for graduate students, registered dietitian nutritionists, academicians, physicians and other health care professionals in the early stages of their career.

Point of Contact

Elaine Trujillo, M.S., RDN
Nutritional Science Research Group
Division of Cancer Prevention
National Cancer Institute
National Institutes of Health
9609 Medical Center Drive, Room 5E568
Rockville, MD 20850
Phone 240-276-7116