WendyDemark WahnefriedWendy Demark-Wahnefried, Ph.D., R.D., professor and Webb Endowed Chair of the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) Department of Nutrition Sciences, is awarded the Distinguished Practice Award by the Oncology Nutrition Dietetic Practice Group (ON DPG) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. The ON DPG, a national organization with more than 2000 members, does not award this honor each year—only when a nominee exemplifies their mission.

“Dr. Demark-Wahnefried has done wonderful work in the field of prostate cancer and oncology; her presentations, research and speaking engagements made it an easy decision to select her for this award,” said Tricia Cox, R.D., awards chair, ON DPG. “Dr. Demark-Wahnefried has done an excellent job promoting dietitians in oncology and came with the highest of recommendations. She is an asset to our group and we are pleased to have her.”

Demark-Wahnefried, who also serves as president of the American Society of Preventive Oncology (ASPO), has researched diet/hormonal and genetic interactions and their association with neoplasia, specifically breast and prostate cancer; dietary intervention to prevent chronic disease factors affecting compliance and recidivism; and lifestyle modification among cancer survivors for the past two decades.

The ON DPG has as its mission to provide direction and leadership for oncology nutrition practice through education and research. The Distinguished Practice Award will be presented at the Food & Nutrition Conference & Expo October 20, 2013, in Houston, Texas.