The National Institutes of Health Nutrition Research Task Force (NRTF) was established in October 2016 to coordinate and accelerate progress in nutrition research across the NIH. Dr. Christopher Lynch, director of NIDDK’s Office of Nutrition Research, serves as the task force executive secretary.
Developing the NIH-Wide Strategic Plan on Nutrition Research
NRTF is guiding the development of the first NIH-wide 10-year strategic plan for nutrition research.
How to Provide Feedback
The NRTF is seeking input in the development of the plan, including from the public, other federal agencies, scientific and professional associations and other organizations, and the scientific community. Provide your input through April 28, 2017.
Accelerating Nutrition Research
NRTF will emphasize cross-cutting, innovative opportunities to accelerate nutrition research across a wide range of areas, from basic science to experimental design to training. These opportunities will complement and enhance ongoing research efforts across NIH on diseases and conditions affected by nutrition. The graph below shows estimated NIH nutrition research funding for fiscal year (FY) 2016.
Estimated NIH Nutrition Research Funding, FY 2016
NRTF will appoint a senior leadership group to guide implementation of the plan once it is complete.
The Task Force is chaired by Dr. Griffin P. Rodgers, director of the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK). Co-chairs are Dr. Gary Gibbons, director of the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute; Dr. Douglas R. Lowy, acting director of the National Cancer Institute; and Dr. Diana W. Bianchi, director of the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development. Participants on the Task Force represent these and other institutes within NIH.
Update on NIH Nutrition Research Task Force (NRTF) Strategic Planning Activities
- Deadline extended for input on NIH Nutrition Research Strategic Plan. The deadline for biomedical researchers and health professionals, patients, patient advocates, and other members of the public to provide input to the NIH Nutrition Research Task Force (NRTF) for the first ever NIH-wide strategic plan for nutrition research has been extended to April 28th. The NRTF invites input on critical gaps or opportunities in nutrition that could be addressed by research funded by the NIH. The strategic plan will emphasize cross-cutting, innovative opportunities to advance nutrition research across a wide range of areas, from basic science to experimental design to training. These opportunities will complement and enhance ongoing research efforts across NIH to improve health and to prevent or combat diseases and conditions affected by nutrition.
- The first meeting of the Nutrition Research Task Force (NRTF) will take place in Bethesda, MD on June 12th, 2017. It is open to NIH staff. Two external speakers will discuss opportunities and gaps in nutrition research and the importance of nutrition research for health and disease. The speakers are:
- Dennis Bier, Ph.D., professor of Pediatrics and Nutrition, and director of the Children's Nutrition Research Center, Baylor College of Medicine
- Susan T. Mayne, Ph.D., director of the Food and Drug Administration’s Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition
- The Nutrition Research Thought Leaders Panel will meet on June 19-20th, 2017. The panel will provide input to the NRTF on prioritizing research gaps and opportunities. Panel members include:
|Lindsay H. Allen, PhD
||Dushanka V. Kleinman, DDS, MScD
||Karen E. Peterson, DSc|
|USDA ARS and U.C. Davis
|David B. Allison, PhD
||David M. Klurfeld, Ph.D.
||Ross L. Prentice, PhD|
|U. Alabama, Birmingham
||Fred Hutchinson Cancer Ctr.|
|Cheryl A.M. Anderson, PhD, MPH, MS
||Nancy F. Krebs, MD, MS
||W. Sue Ritter, PhD|
|U.C., San Diego
||Washington State U|
|Rozalyn M. Anderson, PhD
||Bruce Y. Lee, MD, MBA
||A. Catharine Ross, PhD|
||Johns Hopkins U.
||Pennsylvania State U.|
|David J. Baer, PhD
||Danny Manor, PhD
||Cary R. Savage, PhD|
||Case Western Reserve U.
||Banner Alzheimer's Inst.|
|Teresa A. Davis, PhD
||Nilesh Mehta, MD
||Alison Steiber, PhD, RDN|
||Academy Nutr. & Dietetics|
|Michael K. Georgieff, MD
||Julie Mennella, Ph.D., MS, MS
||Patrick J. Stover, PhD – Chair|
||Monell Chemical Senses Ctr.
|Penny Gordon-Larsen, PhD
||Simin N. Meydani, D.V.M., PhD
||Linda V Van Horn, PhD, RD|
|U. North Carolina
|James R. Hébert, ScD
||Christopher B. Newgard, PhD
||Gary D. Wu, MD|
|U. South Carolina
|Frank Hu, M.D., PhD, MPH
||Diane M. O'Brien, Ph.D.
||Thomas R. Ziegler, MD|