A.S.P.E.N. supports research related to metabolism and nutrition support therapy with three initiatives and programs:
Photo features: Crystal Levesque, PhD, Assistant Professor, South Dakota State University receives the Nestlé Nutrition Institute Maurice Shils Grant at CNW2013 from Dr. Juan Ochoa, Medical and Scientific Director, Nestle Nutrition and Professor of Surgery and Critical Care, University of Pittsburgh. Dr. Levesque’s study is entitled, “A Pilot Study of Systemic Glucagon-like Peptide Combined with Oral Epidermal Growth Factor and Characterization of Gut Microbiome in Short Bowel Piglets with and without Ileum."
A.S.P.E.N.’s Annual Meeting - Clinical Nutrition Week (CNW)
CNW is the premiere conference for the latest on nutrition therapy and metabolic support. Save the date for the upcoming CNW, Saturday, January 18 - Tuesday, January 21, 2014 in Savannah, GA, and visit the CNW website for information on registration and the abstract submission process.
CNW promotes research through the following mechanisms:
Call for Abstracts
A.S.P.E.N. offers researchers and practitioners an opportunity to present original research at CNW. Abstracts are accepted for presentations at CNW either as posters or as oral presentations in symposia or paper sessions. Accepted abstracts are published in the Journal of Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition online.
***Abstract Submission Site: Open June 10 – September 9, 11:59 pm Eastern ***
Interested in submitting an abstract for CNW?
View abstract submission details.
Top-scoring CNW abstracts from early-career investigators are eligible for several awards:
Promoting New Investigators through Awards for Superior CNW Abstracts and Presentations
a. Harry M. Vars Award (not restricted to early-career investigators) - $1,000
b. Promising Investigator Travel Awards - $750
c. Research Workshop Travel Awards - $600
Interested in learning more about the CNW abstract awards?
View abstract award information and application instructions.
Thoughts on CNW from the 2013 Vars Award Winner and a 2013 Promising Investigator Awardee:
Edmond Huang, MS, University of Chicago – 2013 Vars Award Winner
"CNW is a great avenue for investigators from around the world to come together and network with others. Through this program, researchers and clinicians alike have the opportunity to combine the most up-to-date findings from both the bench and the bedside with the overall goal of improving nutritional health therapies in patients. Attending CNW provides me a foundation to network with like-minded researchers to both foster collaborative relationships as well as seek out potential career opportunities. You never know who you might meet there!”
Photo Features: Edmond Huang, MS, University of Chicago, Chicago, IL, accepts the Vars Award from Lingtak-Neander Chan, PharmD, BCNSP, Chair of A.S.P.E.N.’s Research Committee, for his presentation, “Composition of Dietary Fat Source Shapes Gut Microbiota Architecture and Alters Host Inflammatory Mediators in Mouse Adipose Tissue”.
Kelly Roehl - MS, RD, CNSC, LDN, Rush University – 2013 Promising Investigator Awardee
“CNW is an exciting time for nutrition support and metabolism professionals from around the world to share and discuss new research! It is an excellent way to learn, grow and build networks. We inspire one another to conduct groundbreaking research to further the fields of clinical nutrition and metabolism. I cannot think of a better audience to present to! I hope to spark interest in my areas of research, as well as to receive feedback on ways to expand upon and improve my future efforts.”
Photo Features: Kelly Roehl, MS, RD, CNSC, LDN, Rush University Medical Center, Chicago, IL, accepts the Promising Investigator Award from Lingtak-Neander Chan, PharmD, BCNSP, Chair of A.S.P.E.N.’s Research Committee, for her presentation, “Predictors of Insulin Requirements among Hospitalized Adults Receiving Parenteral Nutrition”.
Dudrick Award for Mid-career Investigators - $5,000
Peter F. Nichol, MD, PhD, University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health - 2013 Dudrick Award Winner
Photo Features: Peter F. Nichol, MD, PhD,University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, Madison, WI accepts the 2013 Dudrick Award from Lingtak-Neander Chan, PharmD, BCNSP, Chair of A.S.P.E.N.’s Research Committee
Application Deadline: October 15
The prestigious Stanley J. Dudrick Research Scholar Award, recognizes significant research productivity and potential for a mid-career investigator. In addition to a $5,000 prize, the awardee also receives the honor of planning and chairing A.S.P.E.N.'s Dudrick Symposium at CNW.
Interested in nominating a colleague or yourself?
View Dudrick Award application materials.
CNW’s Research Workshop
Each year at CNW, A.S.P.E.N.’s Research Workshop features presentations from the foremost researchers in clinical nutrition. The 2014 topic will be "The Metabolic Basis of Cancer Nutrition Therapy"
Interested in the Research Workshop?
CNW’s Rhoads Research Lecture Honors an Internationally Recognized Investigator in Nutrition Support
Each year, A.S.P.E.N. honors a researcher for his or her major contributions to the field of nutrition therapy. A.S.P.E.N.'s President Consults with the Board of Directors,
then selects and invites the honoree to deliver the Rhoads Research Lecture at CNW. This is A.S.P.E.N.'s most prestigious award.
Interested in viewing previous honorees and lectures?
View the Rhoads Lecture information.
Research Grants Funded by the A.S.P.E.N. Rhoads Research Foundation
Application Deadline: September 9, 2013
The A.S.P.E.N. Rhoads Research Foundation funds exceptional scientific research projects submitted by early career investigators in the areas of nutrition therapy, metabolic support, and related clinical nutrition topics.
Interested in applying for a Rhoads Research Foundation grant?
View more information on the 2014 Foundation grant cycle.
A.S.P.E.N.’s Research Toolkit
A.S.P.E.N. is pleased to offer a Research Toolkit (available to members) to assist emerging researchers and clinicians who are interested in furthering the science of clinical nutrition and metabolic support and who wish to contribute to the body of evidence used to improve patient outcomes. The toolkit provides a variety of resources, including information on:
Research Design and Methodology
Institutional Review Boards
Analyzing Data - Statistical Tools
General Information and Resources
Interested in A.S.P.E.N.’s Research Toolkit?
View the Toolkit resources by logging into the A.S.P.E.N. Member page here.
A.S.P.E.N. Rhoads Research Foundation
Rhoads Research Lectures