President’s Address and Honoring of Dr. Dudrick

charlene compher photo May 2016

Join ASPEN’s 41st president, Charlene Compher, PhD, RD, CNSC, LDN, FAND, FASPEN, as she kicks off Clinical Nutrition Week 2017. Dr. Compher is Professor of Nutrition Science at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing and Advanced Practice Clinical Dietitian Specialist with the Home Parenteral Nutrition Program at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania.

A committed interdisciplinary team member, Dr. Compher values mentorship and inter-professional collaboration and carries these values into her teaching. Her popular Case Study in Clinical Nutrition course brings faculty colleagues across the Penn campus to share their professional expertise with nursing students who seek a broad exposure to nutrition care in diverse clinical settings. The Advanced Nutrition and Metabolism capstone course for nutrition students at Penn also brings important late-breaking research findings in nutrition science into the knowledge base of students.

Two core questions motivate Dr. Compher’s interdisciplinary clinical research agenda:
    1. What nutritional therapies can improve the absorption of nutrients in patients with severe gastrointestinal disease?
    2. What nutritional interventions can improve clinical outcomes of critically ill patients?

Both of these areas of investigation involve mentorship of trainees and, most importantly, collaboration with other disciplines. Dr. Compher joins the University of Pennsylvania’s work on the Human Microbiome Project to describe linkages between diet and gastrointestinal bacteria in human health and disease. She has led clinical trials and cohort observations at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania that examined the safety and effectiveness of teduglutide in patients with severe gastrointestinal disease. She conducts data analyses in critically ill patients that examine the impact of levels of feeding on important clinical outcomes. Two of Dr. Compher’s research collaborators will share their insights in these areas during CNW17. Sunday’s Keynote Address by Dr. Gary D. Wu will focus on recent discoveries in diet and the gut microbiome, and provide a vision of future research needs in this dynamic area. Tuesday’s Rhoads Lecture by Dr. Daren Heyland will examine the current status of evidence-based nutrition support practice in critically ill patients and challenge future research needs.

In her President’s Address, Dr. Compher will discuss ASPEN’s rich history in clinical research and project essential elements needed for continued success into the future.

At the conclusion of Dr. Compher’s address, ASPEN will honor Dr. Stanley J. Dudrick,MD, FACS, FASPEN, the Father of Intravenous Feeding, with the first-ever ASPEN Lifetime Achievement Award. You won’t want to miss this opportunity to hear from one of the most influential people in the nutrition support community.

Charlene Compher, PhD, RD, CNSC, LDN, FASPEN
Stanley J. Dudrick, MD, FACS, FASPEN

Ezra Steiger, MD, FACS, FASPEN

LEARNING LEVEL: Intermediate
UAN: 0216-0000-17-008-L04-P
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