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VIPP Signature Lecture Featured Dr. Felicia Wu, MSU's John A. Hannah Distinguished Professor

Published: Wednesday, 22 Nov 2017
Author: VIPP
Department: Visiting International Professional Program

The Visiting International Professional Program (VIPP) at Michigan State University (MSU) brings in many international scholars and professionals to MSU's campus and provides training programs by connecting them to MSU's expertise and resources. 

Dr. Felicia Wu, MSU's John A. Hannah Distinguished Professor, gave a lecture to VIPP scholars called "Cancer and the Diet: Carcinogens in Food vs. Lifestyle Dietary Choices."

VIPP signature lectures are a formal way to invite MSU faculty to VIPP to interact with our professionals by sharing their knowledge and expertise. It was VIPP's great pleasure and honor to have Dr. Felicia Wu as our fall 2017 signature lecture guest speaker. Dr. Wu is the John A. Hannah Distinguished Professor of Food Science and Human Nutrition, and Agricultural, Food, and Resource Economics. She directs the university-wide Center for Health Impacts of Agriculture (CHIA), which supports research at the nexus of agricultural policies, practices, and innovations and human health. For her research on the impact of aflatoxin regulations on global liver cancer, Dr. Wu was awarded a US National Institutes of Health (NIH) EUREKA Award. She was commissioned by the World Health Organization (WHO) to estimate the global burden of disease caused by aflatoxin and arsenic in food, and co-authored the WHO 2015 report on the Global Burden of Foodborne Disease. ​Her world class scholarship was recognized by MSU so she was selected to represent MSU in its TV commercial

In her talk titled "Cancer and the Diet: Carcinogens in Food vs. Lifestyle Dietary Choices," she discussed her work with the World Health Organization (WHO) to evaluate the global burden of disease caused by carcinogens in the human diet. Through her engaging lecture, she explained how certain chemicals and naturally occurring toxins that contaminate our food supply have been shown to cause human cancer. Among them, aflatoxin (a fungal toxin, naturally occurring in corn and various nuts and spices) is detrimental and causes a liver cancer but she emphasized how our smart choice in food and nutrition can counteract the adverse effects of toxins. 

It was such an engaging lecture, even for general audiences who may not have professional knowledge in health, food and nutrition. Many questions from our VIPP scholars were followed. VIPP would like to thank Dr. Wu for the great lecture and time to interact with our scholars.