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Your designated gifts to the NRI Innovation Fund spur discovery, giving scientists crucial lab support as they develop an individualized approach to nutrition focused on genes, diet and metabolism. Approximately one-third of cancer deaths in the United States each year are related to dietary factors. NRI scientists are studying the link between metabolic disease and cancer and how individualized nutrition may be used in treatment and prevention.

Help fund nutrition-based solutions to prevent cancer. Your gift of $165 covers lab supplies for one day of scientific exploration.

Nutrition and Cancer – Diet is the most significant contributory factor associated with cancer, ahead of smoking, alcohol, and family history – at least one-third of annual cancer deaths in the U.S. are due to dietary factors.  Our current research exploring the link between metabolic disease and cancer will ultimately provide opportunities to use individualized nutrition for the treatment and prevention of cancer.

Nutrition, Genes and Heart Disease – Can our diets predict or prevent heart disease?  By exploring the relationship between our genes, the way our genes are expressed and our metabolism, we are discovering how these factors, along with nutrition, interact to determine our risk of cardiovascular disease.

Nutrition and Diabetes – Using the latest technologies in metabolomics, we are working to improve the tools available for early diagnosis, more accurate prognosis, and discovery of treatments for diabetes and other diseases.

Nutrition and Birth Defects – Discoveries by NRI scientists are affecting the way a mother eats during pregnancy.  Recent research shows that a mother’s diet while pregnant may change the way different genes are expressed in the child, having a tremendous impact on the health of the baby.  In addition, consuming nutrients such as choline during pregnancy can significantly reduce birth defects and enhance the brain development of the baby.

Nutrition, Memory and Brain Development – Through our work, we are revealing how specific nutrients can improve brain function in children and older adults.  Our research is specifically exploring how fatty acids, like fish oil and flax seed oil, may enhance the memory and attention abilities of infants.  In adults, properties in blueberries may improve the memory and cognitive abilities of aging adults.

Nutrition and Alcohol Use – Up to 1% of the population and up to 5% of children in the United States may suffer from cognitive and behavioral problems caused by prenatal exposure to alcohol. Our Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) experts are actively identifying the nutritional factors that place mothers at risk for having babies with FASD.  With this information, we hope to decrease the overall percentage of children impacted by FASD.

Nutrition and Obesity – Two-thirds of Americans are overweight or obese, a factor contributing to a variety of increased health risks and problems.   As we use new technologies and state-of-the-art equipment to unravel the relationship between genetics, diet, and metabolism, our discoveries will help address the global increase in obesity and its negative associations, such as heart disease, diabetes and certain cancers.