mid-January Update 
A bi-monthly e-mail from
the ON DPG Executive Board.

Save the Date: Free Webinar

Wednesday February 1st 2017
Nourishing Recovery from Discovery - Clinical Nutrition Research in Children Undergoing Cancer Treatment and Hematopoietic Cell Transplantation (HCT)
Presented by Lori J. Bechard, Ph.D., M.Ed., R.D
Clinical Research Manager, Pediatric Critical Care Nutrition, Boston Children's Hospital
Register Here
** Due to the high number of participants, all audio will be via your computer. No phone lines will be open during the live event. For those who are unable to connect to the audio, we will be recording this program and it will be available to view on our website for 1 CEU credit.

Don't Forget to Vote

Want to shape the future of our profession? Vote in the Academy's election (now easier than ever)!
The election will occur February 1 through February 22, 2017.
Get started here
Here are the ON DPG Slate of Candidates:
Alice G Bender, MS, RDN
Kristen Lange, MS, RDN, CSO
Paula Charuhas Macris, MS, RD, CSO, FAND
Liz Korman, RDN, CSO, LD/N
Shayne Robinson RD CSO CDN

Great Nutrition Resources

Tips & Resources for People During Cancer Treatment

Do you sometimes get questions from patients under treatment and you're not sure you have the most updated answer? Don't forget to check our DPG website for great answers to common questions! Questions are organized by treatment type. Here are a few examples:

  •  Is there a specialized diet recommended for people who have had the Whipple procedure for pancreatic cancer?
  • Is it safe to take antioxidant supplements during chemotherapy and radiation therapy? Does this concern extend to foods containing high levels of antioxidants, such as an orange or orange juice, which contain a high amount of vitamin C?
  • During treatment, I go back and forth between being constipated and having diarrhea, but nothing normal in between. Is there any food that can help both of these problems?
  •  Is there anything that can be changed in the diet to bring up white blood cell count?

Check out this great Q&A section here


Small Research Grant

ON DPG Small Research Grant Application Deadline 2/15/17

The ON DPG would like to remind members about a wonderful benefit and opportunity available to them.  For members or student members conducting research within the oncology nutrition realm, the ON DPG offers a small research grant (for up to $2,500) which will be given on a competitive basis.  Information regarding the grant qualifications and the application are available on the ON DPG website.  Examples of possible research topics might include cancer prevention, nutrition intervention or outcomes studies, or survivorship research. 

Applications are due by February 15, 2017.  The scoring rubric and a list of frequently asked questions (FAQ) regarding the small research grant can also be found on the ON DPG website.   Any further questions may be directed to Heidi Ganzer DCN, RDN, CSO, LD at
After the deadline has passed, a panel of expert reviewers familiar with research will evaluate all submitted proposals.  The review process is anticipated to be completed within 3-4 weeks (after the deadline of 2/15/17). 

National Nutrition Month

March is National Nutrition Month.  Send us an email telling us what you are doing and we will spotlight you on our website. 


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