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Rhoads Research Lecture and Awards Ceremony

Jan 25 | 8:00AM - 9:15AM

How Understanding Inter-Organ Energy Flow Facilitates Nutrition Support (R10)

Rhoads Research Lecture (R10)

Michael Jensen How Understanding Inter-Organ Energy Flow Facilitates Nutrition Support

The human body has very limited stores and specific needs  for glucose, somewhat limited reserves of protein that serves  a number of critical functions, and (for most Americans),  massive reserves of energy in adipose tissue. The release of  fatty acids from adipose tissue can serve either to provide the calories to survive  periods of undernutrition or to create a toxic excess of circulating lipid fuel. We are  now as likely to see overweight/obese patients that require nutrition support as  we are to see the undernourished. Understanding when adipose tissue lipolysis is  providing the proper balance of fuel needed for recovery and when it is releasing  excess lipid fuel and failing to clear triglycerides can help providers make better  choices for nutrition support. It is also important to appreciate when organ  under-function limits our ability to provide enough support to allow nutritional  repletion so that therapeutic efforts can be properly focused.  

The 2018 Rhoads Award Recipient, Michael D. Jensen, MD is a Professor of Medicine  at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN. He obtained his bachelor’s degree from  the University of Missouri, Kansas City. Dr. Jensen completed medical school at the  University of Missouri School of Medicine and served as an internal medicine resident  at St. Luke’s Hospital of Kansas City and Mayo Graduate School of Medicine–Mayo  Clinic College of Medicine. Dr. Jensen completed a fellowship in clinical nutrition at  the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine. He has received the E.V. McCollum Award  from the American Society for Nutrition and the TOPS Research Achievement Award  from the Obesity Society.    


  1. Describe the stores of energy available when illness strikes, as well as how they are regulated by hormones, inflammation, and bedrest
  2. Summarize the role of adipose tissue in providing energy during times of undernutrition
  3. Describe the factors that relate to excess fatty acid release from adipose tissue in the course of illnesses
  4. Define how organ dysfunction can prevent nutrition support objectives from being accomplished
  5. Describe how the use of isotopic tracers has improved our understanding of metabolic function in humans


Michael D. Jensen, MD 

UAN: J0002345-0000-18-035-L04-P
CE CREDIT: 1 hours