New nutrition research program at Highland Hospital gets $1.5m donation

A new nutrition research program at Highland Hospital is receiving a $1.5 million donation from Drs. Tom and Erin Campbell. (Photo: Highland Hospital)

Rochester, N.Y. (WHAM) - A new nutrition research program at Highland Hospital is receiving a $1.5 million donation to help build its studies.

The hospital announced Wednesday the donation from the T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies. The research is being led by Drs. Tom and Erin Campbell.

The research will focus on plant-based nutrition and cancer and will be part of Highland’s new Weight Management & Lifestyle Center. The pilot project will focus on the effects of plant-based nutrition in patients with advanced breast cancer, who are also receiving conventional therapy.

“This funding and research will be crucial for patients and their families both here in Rochester and beyond,” said Cindy Becker, Vice President and COO of Highland Hospital. “We are both honored and excited that Highland can provide a home for these potentially ground breaking studies.”

The Highland Weight Management & Lifestyle Center is committed to helping patients live more vibrant, sustainable lifestyles through weight loss, good nutrition and taking care of the whole person. The Center plans to do more studies on nutrition as an intervention in a variety of diseases and work with experts in various fields at the University of Rochester.

Dr. Tom Campbell and his father, Dr. T. Colin Campbell, co-authored the book “The China Study: Startling Implications for Diet, Weight Loss and Long-term Health.”

The T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies is based in Ithaca.

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