ASPEN Past President Dr. Steven Heymsfield to Present Atwater Memorial Lecture

Heymsfield_Steven 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.

The Lectureship 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.

Dr. 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 ( "CAT scans") , magnetic 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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Ted Griggs, [email protected] , 225-763-2862
Lisa Stansbury, [email protected] , 225-763-2978