Thursday 12 January 2023 at 7pm GMT

Dietary Research in Cancer – Plant-Based Diets in Plasma Cell Disorders

with Dr Urvi Shah, Haematologist, Oncologist and Physician Scientist

Hosted by Rohini Bajekal, Nutritionist & Board Member of Plant-Based Health Professionals UK
(CPD Accredited with 1 CPD Hour from the British Society of Lifestyle Medicine and CME accredited for the LM MOC)

The talk will focus on the scientific evidence behind dietary guidance for cancer patients – epidemiologic studies and mechanistic data by which diet may affect cancer through the microbiome, metabolic disorders, and the immune system. The second part of the presentation will focus on our dietary observational and interventional trials in plasma cell disorders.

What will I learn from this webinar?

  • Learn about the epidemiologic evidence behind plant forward diets in cancer risk reduction.
  • Review data on the connection between metabolic disorders and cancer.
  • Understand the effects of diet and microbiome on cancer especially plasma cell disorders through observational and interventional clinical trials.
Dietary Research in Cancer – Plant-Based Diets in Plasma Cell Disorders with Dr Urvi Shah, Haematologist, Oncologist and Physician Scientist

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About the speaker

Dr. Urvi Shah, is a hematologist, oncologist, and physician scientist. She holds faculty positions as an Assistant Attending on the Myeloma Service at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and Assistant Professor of Medicine at Weill Cornell Medicine. She completed fellowships in hematology/oncology at Montefiore Medical Center, and in cancer immunotherapy by MSK and the Parker Institute for Cancer Immunotherapy in New York. She is board certified in Internal Medicine, Hematology and Medical Oncology. She is also a member of the Junior Faculty Council.

Her own personal experience being treated for Hodgkin lymphoma as an oncology fellow in 2016 led to her interests in studying the role of modifiable risk factors in cancer. She is studying the link between nutrition and cancer most specifically myeloma via its effect on metabolic markers, immune system, epigenetics, and the microbiome. Her research includes clinical retrospective projects, clinical prospective trials, and translational collaborative research. She opened the first nutrition trial in plasma cell disorders to date (NUTRIVENTION; NCT04920084) in 2021 that recently completed enrollment, and she has 3 other NUTRIVENTION studies in development that will open in 2022. She is the principal investigator (PI) of several investigator-initiated trials.

She is supported by the NCI Paul Calabresi K12, Parker Institute for Cancer Immunotherapy at MSK and International Myeloma Society Career Development Awards. Her research is also funded by the Health Tree Foundation, Paula and Rodger Riney Foundation and Allen Foundation. She has received the ASH CRTI Award, ECOG ACRIN Young Investigator Translational Research Award, Henry Moses Prize and Celgene Future Leaders in Hematology Award.

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