Best of ASPEN Awards

For each of the ASPEN Nutrition Science & Practice Conference primary abstract categories: Parenteral Nutrition; Enteral Nutrition; Malnutrition/Obesity/Nutrition Practice Concepts and Issues; Critical Care; GI and Other Nutrition and Metabolic-Related Topics; and Pediatric/Neonatal/Pregnancy/Lactation, the presenting author of the top-scoring abstract will be acknowledged with a certificate and the abstract will be published in the ASPEN conference issue of the Journal of Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition. Vars candidates are ineligible for these awards. 

Congratulations to the 2023 Best of the ASPEN Nutrition Science & Practice Conference Awardees

Best of ASPEN – Parenteral Nutrition Topics
Amy Nishnick, RD, LD, CNSC
Microbiology Characteristics of Blood Stream Infection in Dysmotility Patients on Home Parenteral Nutrition

Best of ASPEN – Enteral Nutrition Topics
Cara Larimer, RD, CNSC
Medical Line Entanglement: "A Real Risk and It's Scary" 

Best of ASPEN – Malnutrition Topics
Silvia Figueiroa, MS, RD, LD, CNSC
A Pathway to Improve Malnutrition Diagnosis 

Best of ASPEN – Critical Care Topics
Ellen Dresen, PhD
Nutrition Therapy Practices in Cardiac Surgery Patients - Status Quo in International Intensive Care Units 

Laura Van Althuis, RDN, LDN
Indirect Calorimetry Critical in Identifying Early Hypometabolism and Late-Stage Hypermetabolism in Post-surgical Patients

Best of ASPEN – GI Topics
OhChan Kwon, Master of Science
HLB1-006: Highly Potent Long-Acting GLP-1/GLP-2 Dual Agonist for the Treatment of Short Bowel Syndrome 

Best of ASPEN – Pediatric and Neonatal Topics
Ajay Jain, MD, MHA
Internal Recirculation of Distal Intestinal Content in Short Bowel Syndrome Mitigates Gut and Liver Injury

Predictors of Response to Teduglutide in Pediatric Patients With Short Bowel Syndrome-Associated Intestinal Failure

Requirements & Eligibility:

  • Awards are selected by ASPEN’s Abstract Review Committee, there is no requirement to apply for these awards.
  • All submitted abstracts are eligible, including Encore submissions. Authors of winning encore abstracts must obtain re-print permission from the copyright holder. 
  • Top scoring presenting authors are eligible regardless of preferred presentation type (oral vs. poster)
  • All presenting authors are eligible, regardless of career stage.
  • Abstract may receive Best of ASPEN and additionally designation as Abstract of Distinction. 
  • Vars candidates are ineligible for this award.
To be considered, submit your abstracts here.