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Nutrition Today Welcomes Two New EB Members


Nutrition Today is pleased to welcome two new Editorial Advisory Board Members, Connie Weaver, PhD, and Maude Perreault, PhD, RD. Each brings wonderful experience in their field to the journal. Weaver is a distinguished professor emerita of Nutrition Science at Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana, and now also chief executive officer of Weaver and Associates Consulting, LLC. She is an elected member of The National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine since 2010. She is a fellow of the American Society for Nutrition, the Institute of Food Technology, the American College of Nutrition, and the American Heart Association. She is a member of the US Food and Drug Administration Science Advisory Board and served on the National Institutes of Health Advisory Committee on Research on Women's Health and the 2005 Dietary Guidelines for Americans Advisory Committee. Dr Weaver is past president of the American Society for Nutritional Sciences.


Dr Maude Perreault is a registered dietitian working with pregnant women, new parents, and their babies. She completed her bachelor of science degree at the Universite de Montreal, where she was clinically trained as a pediatric dietitian at the CHU Sainte-Justine. Maude completed her MSc from the University of Guelph, and her PhD from McMaster University, where she worked with hundreds of pregnant women and their babies as part of a nutrition and exercise clinical study. Her clinical and research interests include maternal and infant nutrition, with a focus on the importance of the first 1000 days from conception to 2 years of age. Welcome aboard to these two wonderful additions to our already stellar editorial board!


Paul Wischmeyer, MD, Earns ASPEN Awards

The American Society of Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition (ASPEN) has selected Paul Wischmeyer, MD, EDIC, as the 2020 recipient of both the George Blackburn Research Mentorship Award and Excellence in Nutrition Support Education Award


The Blackburn award recognizes career-long exemplary work inspiring, encouraging, and challenging the next generation of nutrition therapy researchers and is the highest award for mentorship that ASPEN bestows. The award selection committee chose Wischmeyer for this award based on his impressive track record of mentoring fellows, residents, and others in the area of clinical nutrition and metabolism, which they call "critical to the future of nutrition." Additionally his excellence in the delivery of professional education was recognized with the Excellence in Nutrition Support Education award. Wischmeyer is professor of anesthesiology and associate vice chair for clinical research within Duke Anesthesiology. He also serves as the director of the TPN/Nutrition Support Team at Duke University Hospital. Wischmeyer received these awards virtually on March 30 at the ASPEN 2020 Nutrition Science and Practice Conference. Congratulations!


Thomas Awarded SCAN Achievement Award

Congratulations to Travis Thomas, PhD, RDN, CSSD, LD, FAND, recipient of the 2020 Sports and Nutrition Achievement Award given to the practitioner who has played a significant role in the evolution of SCAN through both outstanding service to SCAN and professional accomplishments in the field. Dr Thomas is an associate professor of clinical and sports nutrition and program director of the graduate Clinical Nutrition program in the College of Health Sciences at the University of Kentucky. He is a board Certified Specialist in Sports Dietetics (CSSD). He has held multiple volunteer and leadership positions with SCAN and served as lead author on the 2016 Nutrition for Athletic Performance Position Stand endorsed by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, American College of Sports Medicine, and Dietitians of Canada.


Dr Thomas has more than 10 years' experience conducting human studies involving nutrition and exercise interventions across the life span. Over the past decade, Dr Thomas has served as an investigator on several funded research projects that focused on a wide range of nutrition issues associated with the preservation and enhancement of skeletal muscle function and performance. These studies have focused on understanding the relationship between vitamin D and muscle metabolic function, nutrition, and physical function in aging and athletic populations; nutrition interventions to improve endothelial function and to reduce symptoms in patients with advanced heart failure; and investigating nutritional strategies to preserve physical performance and lean body mass in patients with cancer.



Martha Clare Morris, ScD

Martha Clare Morris, ScD, whose research was on linking nutrition to brain health and was a creator of the breakthrough MIND diet, has died of cancer at the age of 64 years. Morris was a professor in the Department of Internal Medicine, assistant provost of community research, and director of the Rush Institute for Healthy Aging at Rush University, in Chicago, Illinois. She was also a director of the Internal Medicine Department's Section of Community Epidemiology. Morris's research examined the connection between nutrition and the prevention of cognitive decline. Taking results from this research, she developed the MIND diet-a hybrid of the Mediterranean diet and the Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension-along with colleagues at both Rush and Harvard Universities. The MIND diet-an acronym for Mediterranean-DASH Intervention for Neurodegenerative Delay-emphasizes brain-healthy foods, including leafy green vegetables, nuts, berries, chicken, fish, whole grains, beans, olive oil, and moderate amounts of red wine. It limits consumption of red meat, butter, margarine, and processed foods. In 2015, Morris published her initial findings on the MIND diet in Alzheimer's and Dementia. Since 2017, Morris had led a large clinical trial of the effectiveness of the MIND diet in preventing cognitive decline; results of this study are expected in 2021. An author or contributor to more than 80 articles in peer-reviewed journals, Morris also served 2 terms (from 2011 to 2013) as chair of the National Institutes of Health's Neurological, Aging and Musculoskeletal Epidemiology Study Section. Morris earned a bachelor's and master's degrees in sociology from the University of Iowa in Iowa City and a doctorate in epidemiology at the Harvard School of Public Health where she met her husband, James Morris. She is also survived by her 3 children.