Nearly $130,000 in Grants Awarded to Support Clinical Nutrition and Metabolism Research

January 6, 2015, Silver Spring, MD - The American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition (A.S.P.E.N.) Rhoads Research Foundation today announced that it is awarding nearly $130,000 to support 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 $1.3 Million to emerging researchers.

For 2015, the A.S.P.E.N. Rhoads Research Foundation is awarding grants to the following seven investigators:


  • Adam Rahman, MD, DABIM, FRCPC: Western University, Schulich School of Medicine - London, Ontario 
    Grant: Abbott Nutrition Research Grant
    Project Title: Phase II, Multi-center, Randomized Control Trial of beta-Hydroxy-Methyl-Butyrate (HMB) in Improving Physical Muscle Function, in Nutritionally at Risk, Elderly Patients

  • 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

  • Lori Bechard, PhD, RD, LDN: Boston Children’s Hospital - Boston, Mass.
    Grant: Fresenius Kabi Parenteral Nutrition Research Grant
    Project Title: Safety and Tolerability of Intravenous Fish Oil Lipid Emulsion during Hematopoietic Cell Transplantation in Children

  • Kate Walton, PhD: University of Michigan Medical School - Ann Arbor, Mich. 
    Grant: Nestlé Nutrition Institute Maurice Shils Grant
    Project Title: Towards Therapeutic Strategies to Improve Patient Outcome with Total Parenteral Nutrition: Clues from Cell Signaling Networks

  • Kenneth Christopher, MD: Brigham and Women’s Hospital - Boston, Mass.
    Grant: Norman Yoshimura Grant by B.Braun and the Aesculap Academy
    Project Title: Nutritional Metabolome in Critical Illness

  • Nicole Gavin, PhD-c: Griffith University - Brisbane, Australia
    Grant: Small Research Project Grant 
    Project Title: The Safety of Parenteral Nutrition Regarding Microbial Growth and Vascular Catheter-related Infection (The FACT Study)

  • Ashley Hayden, MS, RD, LD, CNSC: Children’s Mercy Hospital - Kansas City, Mo.
    Grant: C. Richard Fleming Grant
    Project Title: Enteral Feeding Set Handling Techniques: A Comparison of Bacterial Growth, Time, Labor and Material Costs

"Quality research is one of the most important means of improving health care. The investigators receiving our grants are doing research that we believe will greatly advance the nutritional care of patients,” 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 A.S.P.E.N. 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.
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 6,000 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.
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