Inaugural Lecture - Manorama Iyengar Memorial Distinguished Speaker Series


Diet and Cancer Prevention: Dr. Puneeth Iyengar, M.D., Ph.D., internationally acclaimed physician scientist will be joining Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, USA from June 1, 2023 as a Full member and is currently Associate Professor and Vice Chair, Strategy and Program Development, in the Department of Radiation Oncology at UT Southwestern Medical Center, USA. He is also co-leader of the Thoracic Program at Harold C. Simmons Comprehensive Cancer Center. His clinical focus is studying local therapy for oligometastatic NSCLC and has published over 100 papers on this, including many top-tier journals such as the Journal of Clinical Oncology, JAMA Oncology, The Lancet Oncology, among others.   Dr. Puneeth Iyengar received his undergraduate degree from MIT, his M.D. and Ph.D. degrees at Albert Einstein College of Medicine (NYC) and did his radiation oncology residency at MD Anderson Cancer Center. He is board certified in radiation oncology and has been granted medical licensure to practice in Texas.   As a physician scientist, Dr. Puneeth Iyengar runs an independent research laboratory that’s focused on studying the complex crosstalk between inflammatory states, cachexia, and lung cancer progression and therapeutic resistance. His research program has been funded by several organizations including the National Lung Cancer Partnership, Lung Cancer Research Foundation, and Radiological Society of North America. He received the President’s Council Distinguished Researcher Award from UT Southwestern, the Sidney Kimmel Research Foundation Award, and the American Cancer Society Independent Investigator Research Scholar Award.   He has led programs investigating the use of local therapy (SBRT) in the setting of oligometastatic NSCLC (Iyengar et al, JCO 2014; Iyengar et al JAMA Oncology 2017); hypofractionated therapies for stage III NSCLC; and is principal investigator of NRG LU 002, a phase III randomized trial assessing the benefits of local therapy on overall survival for stage IV NSCLC.

Abstract: Cancer is one of the leading causes of death worldwide and it is estimated that about one-third of all cancer cases are preventable through lifestyle changes, including diet. Studies have shown that a healthy diet can play a crucial role in reducing the risk of developing various types of cancer. This talk will provide an overview of linking diet to cancer prevention. It will cover the different types of foods and nutrients that have been shown to have a protective effect against cancer, as well as those that have been associated with an increased risk of developing the disease.