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 research focus should relate to clinical nutrition, metabolism, and/or nutrition support.
  • The nominee must be a member of ASPEN.
  • The nominee must be an effective mentor.

Nomination Instructions

 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. Two nomination or supporting letters outlining the nominee's research mentoring activities.  Letters should describe the following qualities that make the nominee an outstanding research mentor:
    - Highlight research accomplishments
    - 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, further academic positions).
    - 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. (Please do not include mentee CVs and make sure that the mentees completing evaluations are different from those providing nominating or supporting letters.)
  4. Complete list of past and present mentees with their topics of research, current status, and any progress made in the development of their research career.
Nominators must submit a completed nomination package by the new deadline of July 08, 2020 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. 

    Congratulations to the 2020 George Blackburn Research Mentorship Awardee:

    Paul E. Wischmeyer, MD, EDIC, is a Professor of Anesthesiology and Surgery and the Director of the Nutrition Services and TPN Team at Duke University School of Medicine.

    Paul Wischmeyer

    Dr. Wischmeyer’s breadth of knowledge, clinical expertise, academic achievements, and transformational leadership in the field of clinical nutrition and metabolic support stands beside his accomplishments as a research mentor in our field. Dr. Wishmeyer earned his Bachelor of Science in Chemistry at Valparaiso University and his medical degree from the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine. He completed his internship at The University of Colorado Children’s Hospital in Denver, Colorado followed by a residency in anesthesiology at University of Chicago, where he completed his training in critical care medicine. He solidified his translational research training by participating in the University of Chicago Clinical Pharmacology Fellowship Program. Then in 2001, he completed his NIH K30 Certificate in Clinical Research at the University of Chicago, broadening his expertise in clinical research.

    In the early 2000’s Dr. Wischmeyer was extremely active with ASPEN and the ASPEN Rhoads Research Foundation. In 2002 Dr. Wischmeyer was awarded an ASPEN Rhoads Research Foundation Grant, which was key to fostering his early research career and first mentoring roles. Between  2007 – 2010 Dr. Wischmeyer served as the Editor-in-Chief for the Journal or Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition (JPEN)  and in 2008 he won the  ASPEN Stanley J. Dudrick Research Scholar Award for Significant Contribution to Research in Nutrition.

    Over the years Dr. Wiscmeyers interdisciplinary research and translational approach to challenges in clinical nutrition, metabolic support, perioperative and critical care medicine has garnered domestic and international recognition. Most recently, he personally conceived and completed the first multi-center description of the effects of critical illness on the microbiome, a rapidly emerging new field in clinical nutrition and medicine. This accomplishment only adds to the large impact that Dr. Wischmeyer’s publications have had on the field with at least 23 published manuscripts and over 100 citations.

    During his time as the Associate Chair for Clinical and Translational Research at University of Colorado, Dr. Wischmeyer had the opportunity to grow his passion for mentorship and training of the next generation of physician scientists in nutrition and metabolism. Between the University of Colorado and Duke University, he has successfully mentored 21 highly motivated investigators at the level of fellow or junior faculty. To date, all of his mentees/ investigators have published original manuscripts and have been invited to present their research at major national or international meetings, with many having won awards for their research during their time with Dr. Wishcmeyer. His mentees state that Dr. Wischmeyer fosters an environment that encourages people to ‘think big’ in their nutrition research and rallies the creative power of others so that mutual discovery can take place and where the impact can be magnified. He has and will continue to inspire the next generation of physician-scientists in nutrition and metabolic support, encouraging them to take novel journeys in order to advance the field and pass on the spirit of mentorship throughout their careers.

    Dr. Wischmeyer’s exceptional achievements and transformational leadership is driven by his passion to improve patient care and better understand the role of nutrition and metabolism at every level. This is a passion that grew at a young age from his personal experience with total parenteral nutrition and nutrition support, surgery, and critical illness as a patient. As a result, he has been committed to “doing medicine and nutrition better” and to giving back to his mentee’s the gifts he was given by his many mentors. 

    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