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

ASPEN was pleased to present the second annual Nutrition Research Discoveries Symposium and Celebration during ASPEN24! Participants delved into the latest breakthroughs funded by the ASPEN Rhoads Research Foundation grants, showcasing how these grants propelled careers in nutrition research.

Presentations are available for viewing.


Optimal Lipid Emulsion Choice in Children Undergoing Intestinal Rehabilitation

Vikram Raghu, MD, MS, Clinical Instructor of Pediatrics, Department of Pediatrics, School of Medicine, University of Pittsburgh; Pediatric Gastroenterologist and Transplant Hepatologist, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Pittsburgh, PA

2021 Grant recipient

Potential Mechanisms Behind Infant Benefits Seen With Human Milk Feeding

Yimin Chen, PhD, RDN, Assistant Professor of Nutrition, College of Agricultural and Life Sciences, Margaret Ritchie School of Family and Consumer Sciences, University of Idaho, Moscow, ID

2022 & 2023 Grant recipient

If you missed the presentations from ASPEN24, they are also available for viewing.

We invite you to consider donating at 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

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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.