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The American Society for Nutrition will host its third annual Advances & Controversies in Clinical Nutrition (ACCN 13) from December 5 to 7, 2013, in Washington, DC. In ACCN 13, leaders in the field of nutrition, medicine, and food science will be brought together for a comprehensive overview of today's hottest topics in nutrition.


Advances & Controversies in Clinical Nutrition 13 is designed to communicate cutting-edge advances in nutrition research and stimulate discussion on emerging or controversial issues in nutrition that impact human health. The program includes lectures, controversy sessions, workshops, professional development opportunities, scientific posters, networking events, and more.


A key focus of this year's program is the science behind the Dietary Guidelines for Americans. The program will delve into timely, often contentious topics such as sodium intake and health outcomes, the impact of added sugars on health, and whether or not current evidence supports a cholesterol intake limit. Other sessions will explore the microbiome over the lifespan; the gluten controversy; childhood obesity interventions; and evaluating popular diets.


The program provides nutrition and clinical research information in a format that emphasizes the practical application and integration of evidence-based research findings into clinical practice. Improving patient care and outcomes, strategies for taking a multidisciplinary, interprofessional approach to treating nutrition-related diseases, and complications will be explored. Sessions will also offer tips on providing dietary advice to patients and consumers in areas where new science is emerging or is hotly debated.


The meeting is targeted to physicians, physician assistants, nurses, nurse practitioners, dietitians, community health educators, policymakers, and others with an interest in clinical nutrition.


The members of the program committee are Brian Tobin, PhD (chair); Edward Saltzman, MD (cochair); Leticia Castillo, PhD; Roger Clemens, PhD; David Heber, MD, PhD; Mary Ann Johnson, PhD; Nancy Krebs, MD; Penny Kris-Etherton, PhD, RD; Xiang-Dong Wang, PhD; and William Wong, PhD.


Continuing Education Credit Available

ASN is accredited and approved by the Commission on Dietetic Registration as a provider of Continuing Professional Education (CPE) programs for Registered Dietitians.


This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education through the joint sponsorship of Tufts University School of Medicine (TUSM) and the American Society for Nutrition. TUSM is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians. This activity has been approved for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit.TM


Tufts University School of Medicine Office of Continuing Education is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Council on Accreditation. This activity provides Contact Hours for nurses.


Application for CHES/MCHES Category I continuing education contact hours has been made to the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc.


Call for Abstracts

Original research abstracts are being accepted for poster presentation. Topic areas include nutrition and disease, obesity, nutrition education, and other subjects related to clinical nutrition. Abstracts are due Friday, September 20, 2013.


Additional Details Online

For the latest conference information, including program details, accreditation, and exhibit and sponsorship opportunities, or to register online, visit You may also reach us by emailing For more information on other programs and publications of the American Society for Nutrition, visit


The conference will be held December 5-7, 2013, at the Capital Hilton, 1001 16th Street NW Washington, DC.

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