John Milner Nutrition and Cancer Prevention Research Practicum

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Date: March 16-20, 2020

NIH and the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) are 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.


The practicum is open, at no cost, to graduate students, registered dietitian nutritionists (RDNs), students enrolled in an ACEND-accredited supervised practice program or combined with graduate studies, and non-government academicians, physicians and other health care professionals in the early stage of their career. Preference is given to individuals with relevant experience in nutrition and cancer research. International applicants are welcome. Those who have previously participated in the practicum are not eligible. Room, board, and transportation expenses are the responsibility of the participant. Full week commitment is required.

Dates and Locations

The John Milner Nutrition and Cancer Prevention Research Practicum will be held on March 16–20, 2020. The primary location will be at the Shady Grove campus of NCI, 9609 Medical Center Drive, Rockville, MD. Transportation will be provided to the additional locations, including the NIH Main Campus in Bethesda, MD, and USDA in Beltsville, MD.


Application is required; space is limited. The application deadline is November 29, 2019.

Please fill out the John Milner Nutrition and Cancer Prevention Research Practicum Application (DOC, 25KB), and email Elaine Trujillo the information by Friday, November 29, 2019.

You will be notified of placement by January 10, 2020.

Continuing Education Credits are available for RDNs.


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

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. It is in his honor that this practicum is convened. Dr. Milner served as Chief of the NCI Nutritional Science Research Group in the Division of Cancer Prevention from 2000 to 2012.


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