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Nutritional Epidemiology Branch

Discovering the nutritional causes of cancer

The Nutritional Epidemiology Branch (NEB) conducts interdisciplinary research to understand diet/nutritional status, energy balance, metabolism, lifestyle factors, and their relationships to cancer.

Research Mission

The mission of the Nutritional Epidemiology Branch (NEB) is to define the causal relationships between diet/nutritional status, energy balance, metabolism, lifestyle factors, and cancer. Our research encompasses diet, energy balance/obesity/physical activity, specific nutrients and supplements, diet-related additives, contaminants, metabolites, and intermediate biologic markers. Learn more about NEB research areas.


Training and mentoring the next generation of scientists is a key component of NEB’s mission, and we provide research training for tenure-track investigators, post-doctoral fellows, doctoral students, masters and post-baccalaureate students, visiting fellows, and summer interns. During the past 10 years, NEB has trained 8 tenure-track investigators, 30 postdoctoral fellows, and 10 predoctoral fellows. Meet the current NEB fellows and found out about our research training opportunities.

Tools, Methods and Resources

NEB investigators develop Web-based instruments, software tools and other resources to support nutrition-related epidemiological research. Find out more about NEB tools, methods and resources.

NEB Highlights

Moore SC, Patel AV, Matthews CE, Berrington de González A, Park Y, Katki HA, Linet MS, Weiderpass E, Visvanathan K, Helzlsouer KJ, Thun M, Gapstur SM, Hartge P, Lee IM. Leisure time physical activity of moderate to vigorous intensity and mortality: A large pooled cohort analysis. PLoS Med 2012; 9(11):e1001335