The Nutritional Science Research Group (NSRG) promotes and supports studies establishing a comprehensive understanding of the precise role of diet and food components in modulating cancer risk and tumor cell behavior. This focus includes approaches to characterize molecular targets and variability in individual responses to nutrients and dietary patterns. Basic, translational and clinical studies are supported to understand the interplay between nutrition and the microbiome, the underlying mechanisms implicated in cancer prevention, as well as the interplay between genetics, gene expression and dietary intake. The current focus is on the role of prebiotics and probiotics found in food or food components, their interaction with members of the gut, mouth, and skin microbiota, and their role in carcinogenesis and metabolism.
Stars in Nutrition & Cancer Lecture Series
The group runs the Stars in Nutrition & Cancer lecture series, featuring extraordinary contributors or "stars" in the field of cancer and nutrition research. Speakers highlight the important role that nutrition plays in modifying cancer development. Recent lectures can be found in Videos and Webinars. All past lectures can be viewed from the NIH VideoCasting website.
The John Milner Nutrition and Cancer Prevention Research Practicum
In addition, the group has The John Milner Nutrition and Cancer Prevention Research Practicum, a one-week educational opportunity in nutrition and cancer prevention research for individuals with a sustained commitment to nutrition and health promotion. This intense learning session provides specialized instruction in the role of diet and bioactive food components as modifiers of cancer incidence and tumor behavior. Information about the March 2019 Practicum is available in the Meetings and Events page.
Nutrition Frontiers e-Newsletter
The Nutritional Science Research Group issues a quarterly electronic newsletter, Nutrition Frontiers, that highlights emerging evidence linking diet to cancer prevention and showcases recent findings about who will likely benefit most from dietary change. The Frontiers in Nutrition and Cancer Prevention: Online Series is a webinar series for physicians, other health care providers, and researchers to hear from experts in nutrition about the most compelling evidence relating bioactive food components with cancer prevention.
Subscribe here to the NUTRITIONCANCER listserve to receive a quarterly issue of the Nutrition Frontiers newsletter and other relevant nutritional science announcements.
Other Nutritional Resources
Consumer Information about Diet and Cancer can be found at the main NCI webpages.
- Dietary Reference Intakes for Calcium and Vitamin D
Released: November 30, 2010
- Dietary Reference Intakes Essential Guide Nutrient Requirements
Released: September 15, 2006
- The Effects of Omega-3 Fatty Acids on Cancer (AHRQ report)
Released: February 2005 (Updated January 2006)
- Dietary Reference Intakes: Water, Potassium, Sodium, Chloride, and Sulfate
Released: February 11, 2004
- Dietary Reference Intakes for Energy, Carbohydrate, Fiber, Fat, Fatty Acids, Cholesterol, Protein, and Amino Acids
Released: September 05, 2002
- Dietary Reference Intakes for Vitamin A, Vitamin K, Arsenic, Boron, Chromium, Copper, Iodine, Iron, Manganese, Molybdenum, Nickel, Silicon, Vanadium, and Zinc
Released: January 09, 2001
- Dietary Reference Intakes for Thiamin, Riboflavin, Niacin, Vitamin B6, Folate, Vitamin B12, Pantothenic Acid, Biotin, and Choline
Released: June 12, 2000
- Dietary Reference Intakes for Calcium, Phosphorus, Magnesium, Vitamin D, and Fluoride
Released: January 01, 1997