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New Research and Awards Focus on Clinical Nutrition for Optimal Patient Outcomes
January 12, 2016, Silver Spring, MD - New research, practice recommendations and national awards highlight this year’s Clinical Nutrition Week, hosted by the American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition (A.S.P.E.N.) on January 16-19, 2016 in Austin, Texas. Clinical Nutrition Week (CNW) is A.S.P.E.N.'s annual conference, with sessions designed to keep medical providers abreast of emerging standards and current research and regulations, foster skill development and maintain the highest level of competence so that every patient receives optimal nutrition support.
“With the annual cost of disease-associated malnutrition at $156.7 billion, this conference has never been more necessary and relevant,” stated Gordon Sacks, PharmD, BCNSP, FCCP, President of A.S.P.E.N. “The clinical learnings presented will provide knowledge and resources that can immediately be applied to patient care, helping to reduce costs, increase the speed of recovery and, most importantly, optimize healthy outcomes for all patients.”
A key component to the conference will be the Rhoads Research Lecture, given by A.S.P.E.N. award winner Dr. David Driscoll, BS, MS, PhD, Vice President of Stable Solutions LLC in Easton, MA and Associate Professor of Medicine at UMASS Medical School in Worcester, MA. In his lecture, Dr. Driscoll will discuss his career-spanning work on compounding Total Parenteral Nutrition admixtures. Through his research and teaching, Dr. Driscoll has helped to increase the safety of intravenous nutrition and brought awareness to this life saving measure.
New research and pediatric insight will also be delivered by Dr. Nilesh M. Mehta, Associate Professor of Anesthesiology (Pediatric Critical Care) at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Mehta will discuss the findings of his work with critically ill children and the importance of proper energy and protein delivery during the featured Dudrick Symposium Critical Care Nutrition - Lessons Learned and Future Directions.
In recognition of his past research accomplishments in the area of pediatric clinical nutrition, his work in advancing the field of metabolic monitoring, and his efforts to drive innovation in indirect calorimetry, Dr. Mehta was named the 2015 recipient of the Stanley J. Dudrick Research Scholar Award, giving him the honor of planning the lead conference symposium at this year’s event. The 2016 Stanley Dudrick Research Scholar Award will be presented to Paul William Wales, BSc, MD, MSc FRCSC, FACS. Dr. Wales leads the field in the care of infants and children with short bowel syndrome and intestinal failure.
Another highly anticipated and prestigious honor, the Harry M. Vars Award, will also be presented at the conference. There are currently five candidates in contention for the award, a tribute to Dr. Vars’ seminal contributions to the development of parenteral nutrition. The Vars Award will be presented live to the investigator with the best research presentation.
“Clinical information emerging from CNW 2016 will positively impact all members of the medical team and the patients they serve,” stated Program Committee Chair Roland Dickerson, PharmD, FASPEN. “It is imperative that we continue to learn from each other, expand our networks, and keep striving for improved patient outcomes through optimal nutritional care.”
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 5,500 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. For more information about A.S.P.E.N., please visit www.nutritioncare.org.