- Research Resources
- Funding Opportunities
- Selected Projects
- Public Resources
- Workshops and Webinars
Diet, in all its complexity, is considered one of the major risk factors for cancer. The Epidemiology and Genomics Research Program's (EGRP) goals in this area are to increase the precision of dietary intake estimates by improving self-report of dietary intake and the analytic procedures for processing reported information. This work is designed to facilitate dietary monitoring and nutritional epidemiology efforts and to advance our understanding of the relationship of diet to cancer outcomes.
- Dietary Assessment Resources
Links to data collection resources and tools, food composition databases and diet analysis tools, and surveys and related resources for dietary monitoring.
NCI-sponsored Funding Opportunity Announcements (FOA) related to dietary assessment include:
- Diet and Physical Activity Assessment Methodology (Clinical Trial Not Allowed) - expires September 8, 2021
- Physical Activity and Weight Control Interventions Among Cancer Survivors: Effects on Biomarkers of Prognosis and Survival - expires September 8, 2021, unless reissued
EGRP joins with other NCI Divisions, Offices, and Centers and other Institutes and Centers at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to fund grant applications submitted in response to FOAs. View the full list of EGRP FOAs.
Examples of current and past collaborative projects related to dietary assessment in which EGRP staff are involved:
- Dietary Patterns Methods Project
This Project compared key diet quality indices and their associations with cancer and cardiovascular disease mortality. It was initiated to strengthen the scientific evidence base on dietary patterns and inform the 2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans
- Interactive Diet and Activity Tracking in AARP (IDATA)
The purpose of the Interactive Diet and Activity Tracking in AARP (IDATA) study was to evaluate and compare the measurement error structure of diet and physical activity assessment tools against reference biomarkers. IDATA data and/or biospecimens are available as public use data, but researchers must submit a project proposal, which are reviewed by NCI.
- 2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) jointly publish the Dietary Guidelines every 5 years.
- American Institute for Cancer Research (AICR)and World Cancer Research Fund (WCRF) Expert Report
Comprehensive report, issued in 2007, reviewed the existing scientific evidence on diet and cancer.
- AICR Continuous Update Project
Research reports published after the AICR/WCRF expert report that provide rolling updates regarding the link between diet and cancer.
- USDA's Nutrition Evidence Library (NEL)
The NEL evaluates, synthesizes, and grades research using rigorous and transparent methodology to define the state of food and nutrition-related science.
Workshops and Webinars
There are no upcoming events at the current time. Please check back.
For general questions about diet assessment and cancer, EGRP contacts include:
- Jill Reedy, Ph.D., M.P.H., R.D. – Dietary assessment/monitoring, dietary patterning, food environments
- Amy Subar, Ph.D., M.P.H., R.D. – Dietary assessment, ASA24, measurement error, food frequency questionnaires