Fred Tabung

Research Associate

Department of Nutrition

665 Huntington Avenue
Boston, MA 02115
Building 2, 3rd Floor
ftabung@hsph.harvard.edu
hpfta@channing.harvard.edu

Other affiliations
Department of Epidemiology

Research interests
My research is focused on elucidating the role of dietary patterns in cancer prevention and identifying potential biological mechanisms underlying associations of diet and cancer risk. I am specifically interested in mechanisms involving inflammation, insulin response and metabolomics, with colorectal cancer as a major endpoint. I am conducting this investigation, supported by a K99/R00 grant from the National Cancer Institute under the primary mentorship of Dr. Edward Giovannucci.

Selected Publications

  1. Tabung FK, Steck SE, Ma Y, Liese AD, Zhang J, Ho G, Hou L, Lane DS, Snetselaar L, Ockene JK, Hebert JR. Changes in the inflammatory potential of diet over time and risk of colorectal cancer in postmenopausal women. American Journal of Epidemiology; in press.
  2. Keum NN, Yuan C, Nishihara R, Zoltick E, Hamada T, Fernandez-Martinez A, Zhang X, Hanyuda A, Liu L, Kosumi K, Nowak JA, Iny Jhun, Soong TR, Morikawa T, Tabung FK, Qian ZR, Fuchs CS, Meyerhardt JA, Chan AT, Ng K, Ogino S, Giovannucci EL, Wu K. Dietary glycemic and insulin scores and colorectal cancer survival by tumor molecular biomarkers. International Journal of Cancer, Epub ahead of print. doi: 1002/ijc.30683. PMID: 28268248.
  3. Tabung FK, Wang W, Fung TT, Hu FB, Smith-Warner SA, Chavarro JE, Willett WC, Giovannucci EL. Development and validation of empirical indices to assess the insulinemic potential of diet and lifestyle. British Journal of Nutrition, Epub ahead of print. doi: 10.1017/S0007114516003755. PMID: 27821188.
  4. Tabung FK, Fung TT, Chavarro JE, Smith-Warner SA, Willett WC, Giovannucci EL. Associations between adherence to the World Cancer Research Fund/American Institute for Cancer Research cancer prevention recommendations and biomarkers of inflammation, hormonal and insulin response. International Journal of Cancer. 140(4), 764-776. PMID: 27798951
  5. Tabung FK, Steck SE, Liese AD, Zhang J, Ma Y, Johnson KC, Lane DS, Qi L, Snetselaar L, Vitolins M, Ockene JK, Hebert JR. Patterns of change over time and history of the inflammatory potential of diet and risk of breast cancer among postmenopausal women. Breast Cancer Research and Treatment. 2016. 159(1), 139-149. PMID: 27475089
  6. Tabung FK, Steck SE, Zhang J, Ma Y, Liese AD, Tylavsky FA, Vitolins MZ, Ockene JK, Hebert JR. Longitudinal changes in the dietary inflammatory index: an assessment of the inflammatory potential of diet over time in postmenopausal women. European Journal of Clinical Nutrition. 2016. 70(12):1374-1380. PMCID: PMC5143205
  7. Tabung FK, Smith-Warner SA, Chavarro JE, Wu K, Fuchs SF, Hu FB, Chan AT, Willett WC, Giovannucci EL. Development and validation of an empirical index of dietary inflammatory potential. Journal of Nutrition. 2016; 146(8):1560-1570. PMID: 27358416
  8. Tabung FK, Steck SE, Liese AD, Zhang J, Ma Y, Caan B, Chlebowski RT, Freudenheim JL, Hou L, Shivappa N, Vitolins MZ, Mossavar-Rahmani Y, Wactawski-Wende J, Ockene JK, Hebert JR. Association between dietary inflammatory potential and breast cancer incidence and death: results from the Women’s Health Initiative. British Journal of Cancer. 2016; 114 (11): 1277-85. PMCID: PMC4891517
  9. Tabung FK, Daguise V, Lydiard D, Steck SE. An integrated approach to addressing chronic disease risk factors in financially disadvantaged women in South Carolina. American Journal of Health Promotion. 2016. Epub ahead of print. doi: 0.4278/ajhp.141010-QUAN-512. PMID:26730554
  10. Tabung FK, Steck SE, Zhang J, Ma Y, Liese AD, Agalliu I, Hou L, Hurley TG, Hingle M, Jiao L, Martin LW, Millen EA, Park HL, Rosal CM, Shikany JM, Shivappa N, Ockene JK, Hebert JR. Construct validation of the dietary inflammatory index in the Women’s Health Initiative. Annals of Epidemiology. 2015; 25(6): 398-405. PMCID: PMC4433562
  11. Hébert JR, Hurley TG, Steck SE, Miller DR, Tabung FK, Kushi LH, Frongillo Reply to Archer E. and Blair SN: Implausible data, false memories, and the status quo in dietary assessment. Advances in Nutrition.2015; 6 (2): 230-233. PMCID: PMC4352184
  12. Tabung FK, Steck SE, Ma Y, Liese AD, Zhang J, Caan B, Hou L, Johnson KC, Mossavar-Rahmani Y, Shivappa N, Wactawski-Wende J, Ockene JK, Hebert JR. The Association between dietary inflammatory index and risk of colorectal cancer among postmenopausal women: Results from the Women’s Health Initiative. Cancer Causes and Control. 2015; 26 (3): 399-408. PMCID: PMC4334706
  13. Tabung FK, Steck SE, Burch JB, Hurley TG, Cavicchia P, Alexander M, Shivappa N, Hebert JR. A healthy lifestyle index is associated with reduced risk of colorectal adenomatous polyps among non-users of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs. Journal of Primary Prevention. 2015; 36 (1): 21-31. PMCID: PMC4289087
  14. Hébert JR, Hurley TG, Steck SE, Miller DR, Tabung FK, Peterson KE, Kushi LH, Frongillo Considering the value of dietary assessment data in informing nutrition-related health policy. Advances in Nutrition. 2014; 5:447-455. PMCID: PMC4289087
  15. Shivappa N, Steck SE, Hurley TG, Hussey JR, Ma Y, Ockene IS, Tabung FK, Hebert JR. A population-based dietary inflammatory index predicts levels of C-reactive protein in the SEASONS study. Public Health Nutrition. 2014; 17 (8):1825-33. PMCID: PMC3983179.
  16. Tabung FK, Steck SE, Su LJ, Mohler JL, Fontham ETH, Bensen J, Hebert JR, Zhang H, Arab L. Intake of grains and dietary fiber and prostate cancer aggressiveness by race. Prostate Cancer. 2012; doi: 10.1155/2012/323296. PMCID: PMC3503404.