Make a difference where it’s most needed. Fund innovation. Support a student scientist. Help people learn about nutrition. Gifts for greatest needs facilitate ground-breaking research by providing the flexibility to respond to opportunities.
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As scientists, physicians, and healthcare practitioners better understand nutritional individuality, they will be able to enhance human health, improve brain development, and more effectively treat diseases like obesity, cancer, and diabetes. Be part of our team!
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The research in Dr. Carol L. Cheatham’s Nutrition and Cognition lab focuses on effects of nutrition on brain development and function throughout the lifespan. In her work, she is exploring the importance of certain nutrients and foods to the development, maintenance, and lifelong integrity of the hippocampus and frontal brain areas.
Knowing the prevalence of FAS and PFAS guides prioritizing prevention and intervention efforts. Numerous studies have placed the economic cost of FAS and associated disorders at over $1 million per case per lifetime. These costs include increased medical treatments, increased educational costs, decreased worker productivity, and increased societal costs (youths with FAS are estimated to be nineteen times more likely to be in prison than youths without FAS).
The NCI OIA, a new type of grant bestowed on experienced and highly productive cancer researchers to provide long-term support for their exceptional work, will allow Hursting the freedom to take more risks in his lines of inquiry as well as more time to mentor junior investigators and develop the next generation of researchers in the increasingly important area of nutrition and cancer prevention.