It was a busy spring, lecturing on diet and cancer at Columbia University, presenting at the American Institute for Cancer Research (AICR) Research Conference in Chapel Hill, talking about messages on cancer- and heart-protective eating at Today’s Dietitian Symposium in Scottsdale, and discussing eating for lower cancer risk in a Living Plate Digital Dinner Party. The top highlight? It had to be receiving the AICR Distinguished Service Award! I was, and remain, deeply touched. [Video here]
I help people make sense of nutrition research
“We’re inundated every day with headlines of new studies about how diet affects health. It can feel overwhelming… Like one of those 1000-piece jigsaw puzzles.
Instead of looking at just one piece of the puzzle at a time, we need to consider the latest nutrition findings as part of the big picture of overall research.
Amidst those thousands of puzzle pieces, when we identify which nutrition information is worth acting on, we can then focus on realistic ways to put it into practice.”
I love to write for people who are trying to make healthy eating doable. Two of my recent messages available outside of my Smart Bytes® blog address heart-healthy eating for cancer survivors, and fresh ideas for cutting back on red meat. And I appreciate the positive feedback on pieces I wrote for health professionals on cancer in young adults; sex, gender and heart disease; and inflammation, diet and cancer risk.
Karen Collins has served as nutrition advisor to the American Institute for Cancer Research (AICR) for more than 30 years, and her expertise in translating nutrition research is unparalleled. Not only is she an excellent resource for accurate and in-depth nutrition knowledge, she is an accomplished communicator who empowers her audience through her writing and inspirational speaking. Karen has helped shape our programs, ensured that our materials are rigorously reviewed and of the highest quality, and has been the face of AICR for all kinds of presentations. She has truly set the standard for professionalism as an expert advisor and is a delight to work with -- responsive, enthusiastic and passionate about scientifically accurate messaging.
Deirdre McGinley-GieserSenior Vice President, Programs & Strategic Planning, American Institute for Cancer Research (AICR)
The Raspberry Council has had the pleasure of working with Karen for the last several years. Her strategic counsel on how to position nutrition research to health care professionals has proven to be exceptionally valuable. In addition, the blog posts, videos, and fact sheets that tell the story about why frozen red raspberries should be part of a healthy eating pattern have been flawlessly executed. Thank you, Karen, for all you have done to help us deliver our message!
Tom KrugmanExecutive Director, Raspberry Council [National Processed Raspberry Council ]
Karen is an outstanding individual and first-rate healthcare professional. She is well regarded for her expertise in nutrition with a specialty in cancer prevention, and a role model for patient care and education. We were honored to have her author a chapter in our nutrition textbook which is authoritative and will set the standard once published.
Malcolm K. Robinson, MDEditor-in-Chief, Scientific American Nutrition; Assistant Professor, Harvard Medical School
I have been particularly impressed with Karen’s expert knowledge and the professionalism she has offered in the area of nutrition and cardiovascular disease. Karen has written highly informed and scientifically accurate reviews on key hot topics in cardiovascular-related nutrition topics for the American College of Cardiology’s Clinical Topic Collection in Diabetes and Cardiometabolic Disease. Karen does great work, and I always appreciate her enthusiasm in rendering her professional opinion on key aspects of nutrition and cardiovascular health!
Nathan D. Wong, PhD, FACC, FAHAProfessor & Director, Heart Disease Prevention Program Div. of Cardiology, University of CA, Irvine; Editor, Amer. College of Cardiology’s Clinical Topic Collection in Diabetes and Cardiometabolic Disease
Karen is a wonderful nutrition communicator. She excels in presentations by providing strong, confident, evidence-based sessions that are still interesting and relatable. In addition, Karen is a skilled writer with the rare ability to create science-based pieces with a contemporary, interesting voice.
Sharon Palmer, RDNThe Plant-Powered Dietitian, food and nutrition writer, editor, blogger, and author of Plant-Powered for Life, www.sharonpalmer.com
Karen Collins brings a wealth of information about diet and cancer to our program at the Institute of Human Nutrition. Her lectures are exceedingly well prepared, polished and interesting. She enthusiastically takes on extra preparation to meet my requests when I ask her to cover new topics, and she provides thoughtful responses to the many questions she has after each lecture. The students have consistently rated her lectures as excellent.
Jeri Wanzor Nieves, PhDAssociate Professor of Clinical Epidemiology and Nutrition, Columbia University
Karen has prepared several continuing education seminars, webinars and written modules on behalf of Today’s Dietitian. Through these programs, Karen has reached thousands of her RDN peers. Regardless of the format of the material – in-person, via webinar or in print – Karen’s programs always garner glowing reviews from learners. When presenting, Karen engages her audience and is able to convey complex topics in a way that is accessible to the learner. When writing, Karen deftly communicates her message to address and fill knowledge gaps. Her material is always evidence-based, timely and practical. Karen’s expertise shines not only in her finished product, but also in the feedback that she is willing to share during program development. Over time, Karen has offered a number of valuable and creative suggestions that Today’s Dietitian has successfully implemented in its continuing education program. Karen is a pleasure to work with not only because she is detail-oriented and organized, but also because she has an infectiously positive outlook and true enthusiasm for nutrition and wellness.
Jack Graham[Director of Continuing Education at] Great Valley Publishing (Today’s Dietitian)
I have known Karen as a colleague in our efforts to enhance the care of cardiac and pulmonary patients since 2012. She has consistently received remarkable reviews for her expert and dynamic presentations at AACVPR, as she is able to present complex nutritional information in an engaging, meaningful and practical fashion for the staff of cardiopulmonary rehabilitation programs. Warning: participating in one of Karen’s presentations can cause one to believe time really does fly.
Kent Eichenauer, PsyDClinical Psychologist
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