A.S.P.E.N. Names Candidates for 2015 Harry M. Vars Award

February 5, 2015, Silver Springs, MD -- The American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition (A.S.P.E.N.) today released the names of the candidates for the Harry M. Vars Award.

The Vars Award serves as a tribute to Dr. Vars and his seminal contributions to the development of parenteral nutrition. Dr. Vars’ work exploring the role of intravenous nutrition in wound healing was an important catalyst in the development of parenteral nutrition. The Vars Award will be presented to the investigator with the best research presentation at A.S.P.E.N.’s Clinical Nutrition Week conference in Long Beach, California, February 14 to 17.

The candidates for the 2015 Vars Award are:

  • Ajay Jain, MD, Saint Louis University, St Louis, Missouri
    Abstract Title: Oleanolic Acid Improves Gut Atrophy Induced by Total Parenteral Nutrition (TPN)

  • David Lim, MD, CM, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
    Abstract Title: Exogenous Glucagon-like Peptide-2 Therapy Improves Parenteral Nutrition Associated Liver Disease by Altering Bile Acid Dysmetabolism

  • Michele Nicolo, MS, RD, CDE, CNSC, University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing, Philadelphia
    Abstract Title: Clinical Outcomes in Critically Ill Patients Associated with Protein Delivery

  • Hongyu Xue, MD, University of Colorado, Denver
    Abstract Title: Nutritional Modulation of Cardiotoxicity and Anti-cancer Efficacy Related to Doxorubicin Chemotherapy by Glutamine and n-3 Polyunsaturated Fatty Acids

  • D. Dante Yeh, MD, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston
    Abstract Title: Adequate Nutrition May Get You Home: The Effect of Caloric/Protein Deficits on Critically Ill Surgical Patients
“Advancing the science and practice of clinical nutrition and metabolism takes the efforts of many outstanding researchers,” said Todd Rice, MD, MSc, Assistant Professor of Medicine, Vanderbilt University Medical Center; Associate Director, Vanderbilt Medical ICU; and A.S.P.E.N. Abstract Review Committee Co-chair. “A.S.P.E.N.’s research awards help support and recognize their promising work.”

Anne Tucker, PharmD, BCNSP, Clinical Associate Professor, College of Pharmacy, University of Houston; and A.S.P.E.N. Abstract Review Committee Co-Chair adds, “Each of the candidates for the Vars Award have already contributed to the important medical specialty of nutrition support therapy, and we looking forward to their continued efforts.”

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The American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition (A.S.P.E.N.) is dedicated to improving patient care by advancing the science and practice of nutrition support therapy and metabolism. Founded in 1976, A.S.P.E.N. is an interdisciplinary organization whose members are involved in the provision of clinical nutrition therapies, including parenteral and enteral nutrition. With more than 5,500 members from around the world, A.S.P.E.N. is a community of dietitians, nurses, nurse practitioners, pharmacists, physicians, scientists, students and other health professionals from every facet of nutrition support clinical practice, research and education. For more information about A.S.P.E.N., please visit www.nutritioncare.org.