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.