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.
- AICR/WCRF Third Expert Report
Released in 2018
- Dietary Reference Intakes for Sodium and Potassium
Released: March 05, 2019
Potassium and sodium are interrelated, essential nutrients that play vital roles in the body to maintain physiological homeostasis. Both nutrients have been linked to risk of chronic disease, particularly cardiovascular disease. Additionally, a possible association of sodium intake with other adverse health outcomes has been suggested. The coexistence of essentiality with a relationship to adverse health effects, including chronic disease, called for a new approach to establishing intake recommendations for potassium and sodium within the context of the Dietary Reference Intakes (DRIs).
- Examining Special Nutritional Requirements in Disease States: Proceedings of a Workshop
Released: June 29, 2018
An ad hoc committee planned a workshop exploring the evidence for special nutritional requirements in disease states and medical conditions that cannot be met with a normal diet.
- Implementing a National Cancer Clinical Trials System for the 21st Century - Second Workshop Summary
Released: July 15, 2013
Recognizing the recent transformative advances in cancer research that necessitate modernization in how cancer clinical trials are run, as well as inefficiencies and other challenges impeding the national cancer clinical trials program, the National Cancer Institute asked the IOM to develop a set of recommendations to improve the federally funded cancer clinical trials system. These recommendations were published in a 2010 IOM report. In 2011, the IOM’s National Cancer Policy Forum (NCPF) held a workshop to engage stakeholders in discussions about the changes they planned to implement in response to the IOM report. Two years later, the NCPF held a second workshop in which stakeholders reported the changes that they have made thus far to address the IOM recommendations, and discussed additional actions needed to improve the system.
- 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 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