Dr. Steven Heymsfield
, MD, 1996-1997 ASPEN President, has been named to present
the 2018 W.O. Atwater Memorial Lecture, an award sponsored by the Agricultural
Research Service, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s chief scientific agency.
was established in 1968 to honor the memory of Wilbur Olin Atwater (1844-1907)
and to recognize scientists who have made unique contributions toward improving
the diet and nutrition of people around the world. Atwater, considered the
father of modern nutrition research and education, was the U.S. Department of
Agriculture's first chief of nutrition investigations. An honorarium of $2,000
and a medallion come with the honor.
Heymsfield will present the lecture: From
Measuring Rods and Calipers to Big Data: The Study of Human Body Composition
Grows Up at the American Society for Nutrition's annual meeting, Nutrition
2018, on June 10 in Boston.
Dr. Heymsfield is internationally
renowned for his work on obesity, body composition and energy physiology. He
pioneered the use of computed tomography (
resonance imaging, (MRI) and dual-energy x-ray absorptiometry to study skeletal
muscle, fat and visceral organs.
Dr. Heymsfield and his colleagues are now advancing the use of 3D optical
imaging, which uses visible light in place of x-rays, to assess body shape and
composition. The research could transform the nutritional and health assessment
of children and adults.
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