John Milner Nutrition and Cancer Prevention Research Practicum (Overview)


The National Cancer Institute is offering a three-day, virtual educational opportunity that will provide specialized instruction in the role of diet and bioactive food components as modifiers of cancer incidence and tumor behavior.

As a participant in this practicum, you will:

  • Learn pertinent pre-clinical and clinical research related to bioactive food components, dietary patterns, and cancer prevention;
  • Identify the impact of cutting-edge methodological approaches to nutrition research, including the microbiome, nutrigenomics, and bioenergetics; 
  • Assess the relationship of obesity, sarcopenia and physical activity on cancer risk, treatment and survivorship; and
  • Gain knowledge of training opportunities at the National Cancer Institute.

Dates and Locations

The LIVE ONLINE John Milner Nutrition and Cancer Prevention Research Practicum will be held:

March 9 from 12:30 PM – 4:00 PM EST

March 10 from 12:30 PM – 5:00 PM EST

March 11 from 12:30 PM – 4:10 PM EST


Registration is now open. Meeting is free and open to all.

Continuing Education Credits (6.75 CPEUs) will be available for RDNs; the CPEU form will be emailed to all registrants after the 3-day meeting adjourns.


Presentation slides available upon request after 3-day meeting adjourns; please email slide requests to:

Meeting sessions will be recorded and links of recordings will be sent to all registrants within 2 weeks of meeting adjournment.


  • Nutritional Science Research Group, Division of Cancer Prevention, National Cancer Institute, National Institutes of Health

About the John Milner Nutrition and Cancer Prevention Research Practicum

Dr. John A. Milner

Dr. John A. Milner (1947-2013) was an internationally respected scientist known for his work in human nutrition and cancer prevention. He served as Chief of the Nutritional Science Research Group in the Division of Cancer Prevention at the National Cancer Institute (NCI) from 2000 to 2012 after a successful academic career serving as faculty and department head at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Pennsylvania State University, respectively. During his tenure at NCI and through his energetic leadership and participation with other federal, professional and private organizations, he promoted research on the effects of consumption of dietary components on human health maintenance and the prevention of diseases such as cancer.

Dr. Milner’s enthusiasm for training had a major impact on the field of nutrition and cancer prevention. In 2004, he initiated the annual NCI training program which has since been named in his honor, the John Milner Nutrition and Cancer Prevention Research Practicum and is intended for graduate students, registered dietitian nutritionists, academicians, physicians and other health care professionals in the early stages of their career.