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Students Participate in National Cancer Institute Practicum

March 27, 2019

Department of Nutrition Sciences PhD candidate Dan Dychtwald and first-year Master of Science student Shawn Riley, both of whom work with Brandy-Joe Milliron, PhD, recently participated in the John Milner Nutrition & Cancer Prevention Research Practicum at the National Cancer Institute in Rockville, Maryland.

The week-long practicum, which was limited to 50 nutrition students and professionals across the globe, included instruction in metabolomics, genomics, physical activity, and food science taught by some of the top researchers in the field of cancer prevention. The week also included tours of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), including the National Library of Medicine and NIH’s clinical research hospital.

Dychtwald and Riley also spent a day at the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Center for Human Nutrition Research, which included a review of controlled feeding studies and a tour of the calorimetry rooms. The week ended with student presentations of ideas for future research in the field of nutrition and cancer prevention.