The design, implementation, and dissemination of high quality research not only helps to advance the field of nutrition support, it also promotes professional development, provides training and mentoring opportunities, and contributes to the collaborative nature of nutrition support research. Like most proficiencies, the ability to conduct high quality research requires accumulation of a diverse set of skills that, when combined with appropriate mentoring and collaboration, results in creativity, scientific debate, and ultimately progress for the field. 

The resources that are provided in A.S.P.E.N.’s Research Toolkit are designed to encourage emerging investigators to skills that are necessary to implement high quality research in nutrition support. These resources are diverse, ranging from short articles on highly specialized topics (e.g., randomization) in clinical nutrition research to extensive slide sets that cover broader topics in study design and data analysis. 


A.S.P.E.N. offers many resources that detail key issues in nutrition support research. These issues vary from how to optimize outcomes research to approaches that ensure a sufficient evidence base underpinning nutrition support. The following reports provide a solid rationale for the need to conduct high quality research, and offer a framework for designing and implementing nutrition support research.  

•   August DA, Serrano D.  Outcomes Research in Specialized Nutrition SupportNutrClinPract. 2007;22:602-608.  

•  Braunschweig C, Lown D. Evidence-Based Medicine for Nutrition Support: An Overview of the ProcessNutrClinPract. 2007;22:599-601


The Johns Hopkins School of Public Health offers a wealth of online courses, lectures, and slide decks on numerous topics in public health. A lecture series in nutrition provides an overview of some of the larger public health issues in nutrition and nutrition research and may be useful to emerging researchers in nutrition support. Course materials are available for food and nutrition policy and in issues related to international nutrition, including malnutrition and undernutrition.


The University of Southampton offers an eLearning portal dedicated to nutrition and public health nutrition learning.