George Blackburn Research Mentorship Award

The ASPEN Rhoads Research Foundation awards the George Blackburn Research Mentorship Award. This award recognizes nutrition leaders for their achievements as outstanding research mentors. Named in honor of Dr. George Blackburn, this award celebrates his commitment and generosity to the ASPEN Rhoads Research Foundation and honors his academic and research mentorship.
Recipients will be awarded each year during a Foundation event at the ASPEN Nutrition Science & Practice Conference


  • The nominee must be at least 10 years into his/her research and/or academic career.
  • The nominee's field of inquiry and or mentorship should broadly relate to clinical nutrition and metabolic support.
  • The nominee must be an active member of ASPEN to be eligible.

Nomination Instructions

The application period is now closed.

 To nominate a candidate for the George Blackburn Research Mentorship Award, please complete the form and include the following additional materials as attachments in one merged PDF document:

  1. Letter of nomination outlining the nominee's research mentoring activities.  Letters should describe the following qualities that make the nominee an outstanding research mentor:
    - How the mentor has actively encouraged inquiry, innovation, and created opportunities for trainees to conduct research.
    - How the mentor has supported and influenced trainees’ educational and career paths (presentation and publication opportunities, planning for continued research and/or graduate studies).
    - Provide examples of inspiration, encouragement, or challenge as well as any other attributes or actions that make this mentor truly exceptional.
  2. Nominee’s curriculum vitae.
  3. Completed evaluation forms of at least two mentees of the nominee 
  4. OPTIONAL: Include up to three additional supporting letters. 
Nominators must submit a completed nomination package by the new deadline of August 30, 2019 via email.
Current ASPEN Rhoads Research Foundation Board members and the ASPEN President are ineligible during their active terms. 


Nominations will be presented to a committee appointed by the Foundation President. Nominees who do not receive the award will have their nominations maintained for 2 years following initial submission, with an updated CV to be provided each year.

Congratulations to the 2019 George Blackburn Research Mentorship Awardee:

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Samuel Klein, MD, William H. Danforth Professor of Medicine, Director of Center for Human Nutrition, Chief of Division of Geriatrics and Nutritional Science, Washington University School of Medicine (WUSM) 

Dr. Klein has had a longstanding career in nutrition. After finishing his residency in internal medicine, Dr. Klein completed a Clinical Nutrition fellowship at Boston University Hospital, a research fellowship in Nutrition and Metabolism at Harvard Medical School, and  Master's Degree in Nutritional Biochemistry and Metabolism at M.I.T. He then completed a Gastroenterology Fellowship at the Mount Sinai Hospital in New York, where he spent his second year as a research fellow in Nutrition Support at Memorial-Sloan Kettering Cancer Institute under the supervision of Maurice Shils. Finally, in the mid 1990's Dr. Klein received extensive training in hospital-based nutrition support from clinical nutrition experts in the field, Drs. George Blackburn and Bruce Bistrian. As a leader in clinical nutrition and obesity research, Dr. Klein has received extensive NIH funding and published more than 400 papers in clinical nutrition, metabolism, and obesity. 

With many years of training under his belt, Dr. Klein continues to make nutrition support a priority for the future by training young investigators in the field. He has established a unique nutrition and metabolism translational research training program at WUSM that provides research opportunities for his own trainees and other faculty. Dr. Klein has also developed a didactic program of lectures and seminars in conjunction with hands-on research experience that he directly supervises. To date, Dr. Klein has mentored a total of 43 trainees. Overall, Dr. Klein has demonstrated outstanding leadership and commitment to the field of clinical nutrition and guiding the next generation of investigators throughout his career.

Click here to view all of the George Blackburn Research Mentorship Award Recipients 

In addition to the George Blackburn Research Mentorship Award, the ASPEN Rhoads Research Foundation would like to announce the establishment of a new grant in honor of Dr. George Blackburn focused on nutrition and metabolism. The ASPEN Rhoads Research Foundation relies on the generosity of members of the parenteral nutrition and enteral nutrition community and friends through their gifts of support. There are many opportunities to aid in the tremendous work of nutrition science. With your help, the establishment of a new grant named in honor of George Blackburn is possible. For more information about Dr. George Blackburn and to find out how you can help fund this prestigious grant, please click here