Anna Arthur is working to improve the quality of life, overall health and longevity of adults diagnosed with cancer through nutrition. Her research focuses on the role of nutrition in determining health outcomes after cancer diagnosis and to elucidate the underlying biological mechanisms. Her ultimate goal is to develop new and beneficial dietary recommendations and medical nutrition therapies for cancer patients and survivors.
Anna Arthur is an Assistant Professor and Sylvia D. Stroup Scholar in Nutrition and Cancer within the Food Science and Human Nutrition Department at the University of Illinois. She is also an Oncology Dietitian Nutritionist at Carle Cancer Center. Prior to joining the UIUC faculty and Carle Cancer Center Dr. Arthur earned a PhD in Nutritional Sciences and Master of Public Health from the University of Michigan School of Public Health. She then went on to complete a Postdoctoral Fellowship with the University of Alabama at Birmingham’s R25 Cancer Prevention and Control Training Program funded by the National Cancer Institute. Dr. Arthur has received several fellowships and awards for her research from organizations such as Susan G. Komen, the American Institute for Cancer Research and the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. The overarching objectives of Dr. Arthur’s research are to 1) conduct observational studies to determine how diet and nutritional status are associated with cancer outcomes such as recurrence, survival and quality of life, as well as with biomarkers of cancer progression and prognosis; 2) translate the findings of these epidemiological studies to clinical intervention trials that will have the potential to inform the development of new dietary recommendations and medical nutrition therapies for cancer patients and survivors.