Category Archives: research

Study shows mango consumption has positive impact on inflammatory bowel disease

Dr. Susanne Talcott has recently published the initial results from a study linking a positive effect on IBD with increased consumption of mangos. Congratulations Dr. Talcott!   Click here to read more

2017 SEBM Young Investigator Award

Derek Seidel was selected to receive a 2017 Young Investigator Award from the Society of Experimental Biology and Medicine (SEBM) at this year’s Experimental Biology conference held in Chicago, IL. Derek’s presentation was entitled, “Dried Plums Modify the Colon Luminal Metabolome in a Rat Model of Colon Carcinogenesis.”

Texas A&M AgriLife researchers develop dietary cancer prevention strategies related to stem cells

COLLEGE STATION – Texas A&M AgriLife scientists have found a way to use novel combinations of dietary compounds to selectively delete damaged stem cells and suppress cancer-causing cell signaling. “This research is necessitated by the fact that the number of cancer cases diagnosed annually by 2050 is likely to double as a result of current population aging,” explained Dr. Robert Chapkin, Texas A&M AgriLife Senior Faculty Fellow and Regents Professor in the department of nutrition and food science, College Station. “If we as a society hope to head… Read More →

National Cancer Institute’s Outstanding Investigator Award

Congratulations Dr. Chapkin on receiving the National Cancer Institute’s Outstanding Investigator Award (R35) in cancer research. This very prestigious award is given to “an exceptional and long-established cancer researcher who has been continuously funded by the NIH.” This support is intended to encourage investigators to embark on long-term projects of unusual potential. The award will fund Dr. Chapkin’s cancer research program for 7 years for a total of $6.2 million.

Study shows dried plums aid in colon cancer prevention

Dried plums — the fruit formerly known as prunes — aren’t just your grandmother’s go-to snack anymore. As Texas A&M University professor Nancy Turner explained, there may be some good news for fans of the fruit. Turner was among a team of researchers who found in a recent study that the inclusion of dried plums in a balanced diet helped prevent colon cancer. The positive effect, Turner said, is being attributed to the plum’s ability to promote the health of microbiota in the colon. Although the study was… Read More →

Research studies show mango may help prevent breast cancer

Texas A&M researchers investigate cancer-fighing properties of mango COLLEGE STATION – In addition to being one of the most important tropical fruits consumed worldwide, recent studies by researchers at the Institute for Obesity Research and Program Evaluation at Texas A&M University in College Station have shown that mangoes also may help prevent breast cancer. “We wanted to investigate the anti-inflammatory and cell-toxicity properties of mango polyphenols on breast cancer and non-cancer cells,” said Dr. Susanne Talcott, director for research at the institute and assistant professor, nutrition and food… Read More →

Messy diapers help show nutrition needs for premature, full-term babies

COLLEGE STATION – A study that began with messy diapers is helping scientists understand how nutrition helps babies grow into healthy children, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Research nutritionist.             Because scientists cannot physically examine the infant intestines, a team of U.S. researchers analyzed fecal samples from several groups of infants – from premature to full-term babies – to get a molecular “fingerprint” on how they were developing in relation to breast milk or formula consumption.             “This study is a proof-of-principle that we can noninvasively monitor… Read More →

AgriLife Article Highlights Cancer-Focused Work of Several NFSC Faculty

An article published by Texas A&M AgriLife Research focused on the efforts of faculty across campus to understand, prevent, and treat cancer including several from the Department of Nutrition and Food Science.  Drs. Susanne Talcott, Joanne Lupton, and Robert Chapkin, among others, are conducting studies to reveal the link between food properties and a decreased risk of cancer.  Read more about their work and the contributions of others across campus at the Texas A&M AgriLife Research website.

Research studies show mango may help prevent breast cancer | AgriLife Today

Research studies show mango may help prevent breast cancer | AgriLife Today.