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2008 Cancer and Nutrition Symposium

Nutritional Controversies: Is Soy Helpful or Harmful for Cancer Prevention? Part II

 Presentation PDF: Exploring the Role of Soy Isoflavones in Prostate Cancer (1.6MB - PDF)

Speaker: Alison Duncan, R.D., Ph.D., associate professor in the Department of Human Health and Nutritional Sciences at the University of Guelph in Ontario, Canada. Dr. Duncan received the Young Canadian Innovator Award in Agriculture, Food, and Human Health in 2005.

Synopsis: Alison Duncan, R.D., Ph.D. will speak on soy and prostate cancer, based on her research of functional foods and nutraceuticals on chronic-disease-related endpoints through human intervention studies, with a particular focus on the effects of the consumption of soy and its constituents.

Intended Audience: Internists, oncologists, registered dieticians, registered nurses, and cancer researchers.

Objectives: Upon completion of this presentation, participants should be able to:

  • Provide an overview of soy and its constituents
  • Remember the theories and evidence that rationalize investigations into the relationship between soy consumption and prostate cancer
  • Understand the results from human clinical studies that have examined the effect of soy consumption on the prevention and treatment of prostate cancer
  • Know the mechanisms by which soy consumption could influence prostate cancer

Alison M. Duncan, Ph.D., R.D.

Alison Duncan, Ph.D., R.D.Alison M. Duncan, Ph.D., R.D., is an associate professor in the Department of Human Health and Nutritional Sciences at the University of Guelph in Ontario, Canada. After receiving an undergraduate degree in applied human nutrition from the University of Guelph in 1992, she received training to become a registered dietitian at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre in Toronto in 1993. She received her M.Sc. in nutritional sciences from the University of Toronto in 1995 and her Ph.D. in nutritional sciences from the University of Minnesota in 1999. 

Dr. Duncan teaches classes on functional food and nutraceuticals at the undergraduate and graduate level. Her research interests relate to the biological effects of functional foods and nutraceuticals on chronic-disease-related endpoints through human intervention studies, with a particular focus on the effects of the consumption of soy and its constituents. Another research interest in relation to nutraceuticals involves the use of natural health products (prevalence, associated attitudes, and beliefs) in healthy and clinical populations.

Dr. Duncan has published her work in many nutrition-related scientific journals. She received the Young Canadian Innovator Award in Agriculture, Food, and Human Health in 2005.



   

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