Justine Turner, MBBS, FRACP, PhD
Division of Gastroenterology and Nutrition
Department of Pediatrics, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada
A message from Dr. Turner
"I am extremely honored to be awarded the George Blackburn Research Mentorship award for 2022. This award recognizes nutrition research mentors. I am humbled that it is named in honor of Dr. George Blackburn, a legend in clinical nutrition and metabolism. I am also very proud to join the inspiring ranks of the previous recipients. Above all things I value the mentorship I received in my own nutrition career, notably from Professor David Forbes (Australia) and Professor Paul Pencharz (Canada). Nutrition research is extremely challenging, yet pivotal to advancing clinical outcomes and global health. I recognize the gaps that exist in current nutrition training across a number of disciplines and enjoy working to fill those gaps for graduate students, fellows, medical students and our key collaborators in nursing and dietetics. Advancing nutrition care and science depends on continuing the tradition of clinical leaders, like George Blackburn, who engage in nutrition research and training. Having had the benefit of such mentorship, it is both my duty and pleasure to foster in the next generation a passion for nutrition, metabolism and discovery; and to teach the tools necessary to do nutrition research well. "
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