The A.S.P.E.N. Rhoads Research Foundation Awards over $100,000 to Support Clinical Nutrition and Metabolism Research

For Immediate Release
December 18, 2013              

The American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition (A.S.P.E.N.) Rhoads Research Foundation today announces that it will be awarding more than $100,000 to promising clinical nutrition and metabolism research.

In 1994, A.S.P.E.N. recognized the need to fund exceptional scientific research projects submitted by early-career investigators of nutrition therapy, metabolic support, and related clinical nutrition topics, and the A.S.P.E.N. Rhoads Research Foundation was formed. Since that time, the Foundation has provided over $1.2 Million to emerging researchers.

For 2014, five large (four up to $25,000, and one up to $16,600) and two small (up to $5,000) grants are being awarded to the following investigators:

Large Grants

  • Elsa Bou Ghanem, PhD, Tufts University School of Medicine, Boston, MA  
    Grant:  Abbott Nutrition Research Grant   
    Project Title:  Vitamin E Reverses Age-associated Susceptibility to Streptococcus pneumoniae Lung Infection 
  • Ajay Jain, MD, Saint Louis University, St. Louis, MO
    Grant: Baxter Grant for Parenteral Nutrition Research
    Project Title: Novel Interventions Modulating the FXR-FGF19 Axis and the TGR5-GLP Axis as Therapeutic Approaches for TPN Associated Pathologies  
  • Hongyu Xue, MD,PhD. University of Colorado, Denver, Denver, CO 
    Grant: Fresenius Kabi Parenteral Nutrition Research Grant 
    Project Title: Modulating Cardiotoxicity and Anti-cancer Efficacy Related to Anthracycline Chemotherapy by Glutamine and n-3 PUFAs   
  • Crystal Levesque, PhD, South Dakota State University. Brookings, SD
    Grant: Nestlé Nutrition Institute Maurice Shils Grant
    Project Title:  A Pilot Study of Systemic Glucagon-like Peptide Combined with Oral Epidermal Growth Factor and Characterization of Gut Microbiome in Short Bowel Piglets with and without Ileum
  • Audrey LaJoinie, PharmD. Lyon Hospital. Lyon, France
    Grant: Norman Yoshimura Grant by B.Braun and the Aesculap Academy
    Project Title:  Influence of Fish Oil Based Intravenous Fat Emulsions on the Epidermal Barrier Function

Small Grants

  • Michele Nicolo, MS, RD, CDE, CNSC, University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing, Philadelphia, PA
    Grant: C. Richard Fleming Small Research Project Grant
    Project Title: Clinical Outcomes in Critically Ill Patients Associated with Protein Delivery
  • Allison Buti, MPH, University of Colorado, Denver, Denver, CO
    Grant: Small Research Project Grant
    Project Title:  Investigating the Mediating Roles of Sirtuin 1 and PPAR- in the Relationship between Maternal Dietary Niacin Intake and Infant Adiposity

"These investigators are conducting research that holds great promise for improving patient care.  Advancing nutritional care of patients is the core of our mission at the A.S.P.E.N. Rhoads Research Foundation," said Charles Van Way, MD, FASPEN, Professor of Surgery, Sosland/Missouri Endowed Chair of Trauma Research, Director UMKC Shock Trauma Research Center, University of Missouri-Kansas City and President of the Rhoads Research Foundation.

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The A.S.P.E.N. Rhoads Research Foundation is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization dedicated to the support and mentorship of promising new investigators in the fields of nutrition, metabolic support and related areas of clinical nutrition.  The Foundation annually provides grants for exceptional research initiatives. For more information about the Foundation, please visit