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UNC: Zeisel Receives AICR’s Distinguished Service Award

Dr. Steven Zeisel, professor in the Department of Nutrition at the University of North Carolina Gillings School of Global Public Health, was awarded the American Institute for Cancer Research’s (AICR) Distinguished Service Award at the institute’s annual meeting May 16.

The award recognizes professionals with outstanding contributions to research and/or education related to nutrition, physical activity and weight management in the field of cancer.

Dr. Zeisel is the director of the UNC Nutrition Research Institute in Kannapolis, North Carolina, leading continued innovation in and advancement of the science surrounding nutrition and cancer. He has published more than 400 papers, and his research has been cited nearly 15,000 times across many diverse categories.

Dr. Zeisel has long been involved in AICR. He helped the group, along with the World Cancer Research Fund, establish the Institute for the Advanced Study of Diet, Nutrition and Cancer at the University of North Carolina. Housed within the Gillings School, the institute is an important catalyst for research into the effects of diet on cancer prevention.

“The AICR is internationally recognized for its outstanding work in nutrition and cancer,” Dr. Zeisel said. “I believe that their support has built a cohort of young scientists who choose to devote their careers to this area of study. I am honored that my modest contributions helped them with this very important mission.”

Dr. Zeisel’s primary research focus is on the essential nutrient choline, which is naturally present in some foods and is a source of the methyl groups necessary for metabolism. He and his team explore why there are individual differences in nutrient metabolism using new approaches in nutrigenomics and metabolomics.

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