AICR Research Conference Making Headlines

We’ve had a busy last few days, as news from our press event coinciding with AICR’s Annual Research Conference got some high-profile coverage.

CNN’s Elizabeth Cohen did a great in-depth piece about the new findings on activity, sedentary behavior and cancer.  Watch the story here.

The NBC Nightly News didn’t mention AICR by name, but they did interview Dr. Christine Friedenreich (Note: That’s CHRISTINE Friedenreich, not “Susan,” NBC caption-makers.)  Watch the NBC coverage.

Really nice Canadian piece on CTV.

Here’s the USA TODAY article.

ABC News

CBS News

The Washington Post


Scientific American

Got some interesting blog coverage, too:




AICR’s Alice Bender, MS, RD was interviewed on DC’s local FOX affiliate.

The story’s been picked up by over a hundred other news and print outlets in the last few days, and is still going strong.

Have you seen the story popping up in any strange/surprising places? Let us know in the comments.


From the AICR Research Conference: Dr. JoEllen Welsh on Vitamin D and Breast Cancer

Dr. Welsh chaired our 2010 research conference and its plenary session on aging, diet, physical activity and cancer, but she also presented on her own research involving vitamin D and breast cancer.

Dr. Welsh reviews her presentation, and shares some of the implications of her cutting-edge, AICR-supported research.

Here’s a handy glossary to some of the terms she uses with which you might be unfamiliar:

“…knockout of the vdr…”:  Here, she’s talking about working w/an organism whose breast cells don’t respond to the presence of vitamin D, and tracking how this affects the way its breast tissue responds.  Her work suggests that vitamin D plays an important role in governing the breast’s immune response.

“…cytokines...”:  These are the cellular message-carriers of our immune system — they help our bodies defend against infections by passing along information and regulating our immune response.

“…the neonate…”:  The newborn.

From the AICR Research Conference: Dr. Michael Fenech on DNA Damage

We caught up with the internationally renowned Dr. Michael Fenech of CSIRO Food and Nutrition Sciences in Adelaide, Australia, who presented at the 2010 AICR Research Conference during its opening plenary session.  His talk focused on the issue of DNA damage, which is a fundamental cause of many diseases and a key component in cancer development.  He reviewed data showing that many dietary nutrients interact with enzymes involved with DNA maintenance and repair, and laid out a roadmap that may ultimately lead to dietary guidelines for preventing DNA damage.

Dr. Fenech is highly regarded in the international research community for developing a means to measure DNA damage in human cells.