Health Research Program

California Walnuts Health Research Program

For over 30 years, the California Walnut Commission (CWC) has supported health-related research on walnuts through grants and the provision of walnuts. Research priorities are identified in consultation with our Health Research Advisory Group. Since the inception of the health research program, more than 185 CWC-supported, peer-reviewed papers have been published examining the effect of walnut consumption on areas including heart health, cognition, cancer, diabetes, metabolic syndrome, gut health, body weight/composition, reproductive health and more. In addition, studies have been funded to ascertain walnut micronutrients and bioactive composition as well as the inclusion of walnuts in healthy diets, such as the Mediterranean-style diet. The CWC is committed to building a strong foundation of high-quality scientific evidence, from in vitro and animal research in the early stages of exploration to observational epidemiological and clinical intervention studies that determine the health effects of walnut consumption across the lifespan.

The CWC is dedicated to supporting the scientific process. Engagement within the research community should be purposeful and transparent with meaningful interactions that provide tangible opportunities for learning, collaboration and advancement of science.
The CWC is committed to eliminating research bias based on funding source, therefore,

  • CWC emphasizes that control of both study design and research is conducted by researchers.
  • CWC requires that the research team submit results from all completed studies for publication regardless of outcomes.
  • CWC assures that payment of research is not contingent on the outcome of a research project.
  • CWC requires supported researchers disclose their relationship with CWC in all relevant publications and conference presentations.
  • CWC’s Health Research Program issues a formal request for Letters of Intent that is open to the entire research community.
  • CWC supports only the highest-quality research proposals. CWC utilizes its Health Research Advisory Group (external nutrition science experts who provide insight and guidance) as well as Peer Review Panelists (experts in specific areas of research) in its selection of scientifically sound research proposals.

Research

For over 30 years, the California Walnut Commission (CWC) has supported health-related research on walnuts through grants and the provision of walnuts. Since the inception of the health research program, more than 185 CWC-supported, peer-reviewed papers have been published examining the effect of walnut consumption on areas including heart health, cognition, cancer, diabetes, metabolic syndrome, gut health, body weight/composition, reproductive health and more.
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Health Research Grant Program

The California Walnut Commission (CWC) is dedicated to funding high-quality research that will increase the understanding and expand knowledge of how the consumption of walnuts affects human health. The CWC is currently soliciting Letters of Intent (LOI) for our 2021 cycle.

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