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ASN Announces Candidates for 2020 Board Elections

Catherine Field, PhD, President of the American Society for Nutrition (ASN) announced the slate of 2020 ASN Board of Directors Election Candidates. Elections will take place between and will be announced before the May annual meeting of the society, to be held in Seattle, Washington.


The candidates on the slate have demonstrated leadership commitment and involvement with ASN and the nutrition community. Good luck to all! Here is the slate:


Vice President Elect


Martha Belury, PhD, Heather Leidy, PhD


Director At-Large, Food & Nutrition Policy


Sheila Fleischhacker, PhD, and Amanda MacFarlane, PhD


Director At-Large, Global Nutrition


Christine Stewart, PhD, and Keith West, PhD


Director At-Large, Medical/Clinical Nutrition


Caroline Apovian, MD, and Nancy Krebs, MD


Director At-Large, Nutrition Science Mechanisms


Naima Moustaid-Moussa, PhD, and Anna Thalacker-Mercer, PhD


Director At-Large, Nutrition Science Translation


Michael Kelley, PhD, and Michael McBurney, PhD


2020 American Society for Nutrition Awardees

The American Society for Nutrition (ASN) has also announced individuals who will be recognized at Nutrition 2020 in Seattle. The ASN Class of Fellows will be announced later this spring. Other awards are as follows:


Senior Investigator Awards

Conrad A. Elvehjem Award for Public Service in Nutrition Supported by Mondelez Barbara Schneeman, PhD, University of California, Davis


David Kritchevsky Career Achievement Award in Nutrition Supported by Mondelez


David Klurfeld, PhD, USDA Agricultural Research Service


E. V. McCollum Award


Christos Mantzoros, MD, DSc, Harvard Medical School


General Mills Bell Institute of Health and Nutrition Innovation Award Endowed by the General Mills Bell Institute


Jill Reedy, PhD, MPH, RD, National Cancer Institute


Mary Swartz Rose Senior Investigator Award Supported by the Council for Responsible Nutrition


Charles Brenner, PhD, University of Iowa


McCormick Science Institute Research Award


Zhaoping Li, MD, PhD, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA


Osborne and Mendel Award Supported by International Life Sciences Institute North America


John Speakman, PhD, DSc, University of Aberdeen


Pfizer Consumer Healthcare Nutritional Sciences Award Supported by Pfizer


David Allison, PhD, Indiana University-Bloomington


Robert H. Herman Memorial Award


Thomas Wolever, DM, PhD, University of Toronto, St Michael's Hospital


Senior Investigator-Educator and Mentor Awards

ASN Foundation Mentorship Award (formerly Dannon Institute Mentorship Award)


Barbara Rolls, PhD, Pennsylvania State University


Excellence in Nutrition Education Award


Martin Kohlmeier, MD, PhD, UNC Nutrition Research Institute


Roland L. Weinsier Award for Excellence in Medical/Dental Nutrition Education


Teresa Marshall, PhD, RD, University of Iowa College of Dentistry


Senior Investigator Lectureships

Kellogg International Prize in Nutrition Lectureship Supported by Kellogg Company


Rafael Perez-Escamilla, PhD, Yale University


Robert Suskind and Leslie Lewinter-Suskind Pediatric Nutrition Lifetime Achievement Award


Virginia Stallings, MD, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (A special congratulations to our distinguished member of the Nutrition Today Editorial Board!)


Midcareer Awards

Nevin Scrimshaw Midcareer Award in Global Nutrition Supported by the Sight and Life Foundation


Purnima Menon, PhD, International Food Policy Research Institute


Young Investigator Awards

Bio-Serv Award in Experimental Animal Nutrition Supported by Bio-Serv, Inc


Vishal Singh, PhD, Pennsylvania State University


E. L. R. Stokstad Award Endowed by the Stokstad Family


Kyla Shea, PhD, Tufts University USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging


Mary Swartz Rose Young Investigator Award Supported by the Council for Responsible Nutrition


Jaume Amengual, PhD, University of Illinois


Mead Johnson Award Supported by Mead Johnson Pediatric Nutrition Institute


Andrew Brown, PhD, Indiana University School of Public Health-Bloomington


Norman Kretchmer Memorial Award in Nutrition and Development


Saurabh Mehta, ScD, MBBS, Cornell University


Peter J. Reeds Young Investigator Award


Laura Wells Bowers, PhD, RD, Purdue University


Physician Award Endowed by the Nestle Nutrition Institute


Dale Lee, MD, MS, Seattle Children's Hospital


Vernon Young International Award for Amino Acid Research Endowed by the Ajinomoto, Co, Inc


Domenico Trico, MD, University of Pisa


Volunteer of the Year Award


Andrew M. Prentice, PhD, FMedSci, MRC Unit, The Gambia at London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine



The World Cancer Research Fund's (WCRF's) Continuous Update Project (CUP) aims to judge the global evidence on how diet, nutrition, and physical activity are linked to cancer. Most recently, this culminated in the Third Expert Report and the Cancer Prevention Recommendations, which were updated in 2018. This currently represents the evidence available on cancer prevention and survival through diet, nutrition (including body fatness), and physical activity. The CUP generates the best possible answers to the most important questions related to how diet, nutrition, and physical activity affect risk of, and survival from, cancer-benefiting the public, the scientific community, and the WCRF network.


The CUP Transition Panel is cochaired by Edward Giovannucci, PhD, from the Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health and Ellen Kampman, PhD, from Wageningen University in the Netherlands. The panel of experts identified 8 important areas of focus to be reviewed ahead of WCRF's annual meeting in July 2020. These are the following:


Systems approach-creating a framework to better understand the cancer process at multiple levels.


Dietary and lifestyle patterns-gaining a better understanding of how patterns of eating and behavior affect cancer risk.


Biological data-digging deeper into key biological mechanisms that underpin the associations we observe.


Cancer subtypes-understanding how different factors affect different subtypes of cancer.


Life course-understanding how diet, nutrition, and physical activity across the whole life span link to cancer.


Childhood cancers-outlining how the WCRF network can investigate how diet, nutrition, and physical activity affect survival from childhood cancers.


Outcomes after a cancer diagnosis-furthering our understanding of nutrition and lifestyle during and after cancer.


Evidence search and synthesis process-reviewing the robust process by which we conduct our work.



The panel will expand the evidence on cancer survival, which is becoming a more important priority as cancer treatments improve. This will include the following:


Updating the evidence on the role of diet, nutrition (including body fatness), and physical activity on survival after breast cancer


For the first time, reviewing the evidence on the role of diet, nutrition (including body fatness), and physical activity on survival after colorectal and prostate cancer


Identifying new research to add to the CUP, including how to review and incorporate the underlying biological changes that lead to cancer and how diet, nutrition, and physical activity across the life course affect cancer risk


Avoiding any repetition of work that simply confirms what we already know



The names and affiliations for the new panel are provided below, and we wish them all the best in their new endeavor.

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