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FIC Member Colleen Spees Receives 2016 Distinguished Practice Award

FIC member Dr. Colleen Spees, Assistant Professor in the Division of Medical Dietetics & Health Sciences, has received the 2016 Distinguished Practice Award from the Oncology Nutrition dietetic practice group of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Her primary focus of research involves targeting interventions aimed at providing optimal nutrition for cancer prevention and survivorship in disparate populations. In this capacity, Dr. Spees has initiated multiple studies in collaboration with food pantries and health centers serving our most vulnerable.  In addition, Dr. Spees is PI of OSU’s Food Innovation Center’s Hunger.FOOD.Health Initiative. Her team includes experts in food and crop science, social work, public health, nutrition, medicine, policy and business that seek to improve access to culturally appropriate, health-promoting and functional foods by impacting food availability, food access, food quality, and food use. Dr. Spees is also a member of OSU’s prestigious Comprehensive Cancer Center. Her cancer laboratory focuses on evaluating biomarkers of dietary interventions in human carcinogenesis. Her current projects include assessing modifiable lifestyle behaviors associated with cancer survivorship at the Garden of Hope ( Dr. Spees also authored and teaches OSU’s first Nutritional Genomics Graduate Course in the College of Medicine.