In a comment letter to NIH, AGA applauds the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Nutrition Task Force for releasing a draft comprehensive and ambitious strategic plan for nutrition research that aims to address critical gaps in evidence around nutrition and its influence on human health. Evidence from nutrition studies that are rigorous, reproducible and transparent will be invaluable to clinicians, who currently struggle to provide meaningful guidance to their patients on nutritional approaches and interventions. NIH coming forward with this strategic plan is an important step forward for the field.
The draft strategic plan acknowledges the significant role of the gut microbiome in mediating the effects of diet and nutrition on health. AGA recognizes the importance of this issue for AGA and the Center for Gut Microbiome Research and Education, whose mission is to advance research and education on the gut microbiome with the goal of improving human health. AGA supports the plan’s emphasis on the role of the microbiome and looks forward to seeing the impact of the NIH’s nutrition research strategic plan.