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The Foundation Celebrates Research Grant Recipients in the Nutrition Research Discoveries Symposium!

ASPEN was pleased to present the inaugural nutrition research discoveries symposium during ASPEN 2023 where recipients of the ASPEN Rhoads Research Foundation grants presented their cutting-edge Foundation funded research and highlighted how Foundation grants can springboard one’s career.

You can view the full session for free here.

2021 grant recipient
Hassan Dashti, PhD, RD, Boston, MA

2019 and 2020 grant recipient
Enid Martinez, MD, Boston, MA

2016 and 2017 grant recipient
Jayshil Patel, MD, Milwaukee, WI

2014 and 2015 grant recipient

Ajay Jain, MD, DNB, St. Louis, MO

1999 and 2000 grant recipient
Kelly Tappenden, PhD, RD, FASPEN, Chicago, IL

We invite you to consider donating at to continue to support the Rhoads Research Foundation. 

The Foundation is named in honor of Jonathan Rhoads, M.D., for his outstanding and renowned contributions to science in the fields of clinical nutrition, nutrition support, and surgery. The Foundation funds exceptional scientific research projects on clinical nutrition and metabolic support.

Future research should include both basic science-oriented investigations aimed at improving our understanding of the science of nutrient regulation in different disease states, as well as clinical and translational research to determine how the practice of nutrition support can continue to be refined and individualized to optimize clinical outcomes.

Promotes innovation and research discovery to improve nutrition care and health.

Raises money to fund clinical and metabolic research that translates to safe and effective nutrition care.

Foundations' Core Values:

Cultivate: Support research careers
Integrity: Promote ethics in research
Inquiry: Seek new knowledge
Quality: Champion scientifically sound research
Inclusiveness: Support diverse multidisciplinary investigators

Join us in driving the therapies of tomorrow

Why Give

The impact of your investment is impressive. Scientists receiving our grants have gone on to conduct research leading to important scientific advances. These scientists have used the Foundation’s grant funding to gain the experience and credibility necessary for successful careers in nutrition research. Most importantly, their work has helped improved the quality of life for thousands of patients. Download our brochure to read their stories.

To continue this important work, we must:

  • Attract greater number of promising future investigators
  • Raise our level of grant support in order to give young researchers a good start
  • Increase the number of grants we fund each year

"With more grants and more grant funding we will be able to better address the crisis we currently face in academic nutrition research. this research – whether in the laboratory or at the bedside – will translate directly to humans and improve our understanding of how to use nutrition to ‘treat’ our patients. the work the ASPEN Rhoads Research Foundation is doing is critical to the future of our field and our patients." – Dr. Paul Wischmeyer

Contributions made to the Foundation are tax-deductible to the fullest extend of the law.