Nutrition diet

Liu is named president-elect of the American Society for Nutrition Diet and Cancer Section

Associate Professor of Nutrition Zhenhua Liu has been elected Chair of the Diet and Cancer Research Interests (RIS) Section of the American Society for Nutrition (ASN). He will serve in this position until the end of June before assuming the role of president for a one-year term from July 2022 to June 2023.


Zhenhua Liu

The members of the ASN Food and Cancer RIS are interested in the impact of nutritional status and dietary factors on the development of cancer; the role of diet in modulating cellular, biochemical and molecular events associated with carcinogenesis at many sites in animal and human models; and the relevance and application of research in the field of cancer chemoprevention.

“It is a great honor for me to serve for the ASN Diet and Cancer RIS, which is dedicated to bringing together the world’s top researchers, clinical nutritionists and industry partners to advance our knowledge and application of nutrition for prevention of cancer and thereby reduce the burden of cancer in our society,” Liu said.

As elected President of the Food and Cancer Section, Liu hopes to specifically facilitate and promote scientific exchanges between ASN members that focus on research, education and awareness activities in the field of nutrition and of cancer prevention.

Liu joined the UMass Amherst faculty in 2012 after spending several years at the Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging at Tufts University in Boston. Its Nutrition and Cancer Prevention Laboratory studies how diet and lifestyle and their metabolism-related genetic variants interact to promote the development of chronic diseases. For a long time, his research focused on 1) obesity-induced inflammation and 2) nutritional epigenetics in Wnt pathway regulation and cancer prevention. His laboratory uses cell culture, animal models and human biospecimens, biochemical and molecular techniques, as well as nutritional informatics and functional genomic approaches to understand the etiology of human chronic diseases. The ultimate goal of his work is to integrate biological discoveries from his lab with dietary and lifestyle strategies to reduce the burden of chronic disease in society.

The American Society for Nutrition was formed in 2005 through a merger of the American Society for Nutritional Sciences (formerly the American Institute for Nutrition, established in 1928); the American Society for Clinical Nutrition (established in 1961); and the Society for International Nutrition (established in 1996). Its mission is to advance the science, education and practice of nutrition.