The Jonathan E. Rhoads Lectures

The Rhoads Research Lecture is the highest and most prestigious of ASPEN's annual research honors. This tribute to Dr. Jonathan Rhoads recognizes his pivotal role in the field of specialized nutrition support. The lecturer is someone who is recognized internationally for major contributions to the field of nutrition and metabolic support, and who has demonstrated a career-long commitment to the improvement of the nutritional status of the patient.

Congratulations to the 2024 Jonathan E. Rhoads Lecturer!

KellyTappendenASPEN24Kelly A. Tappenden, PhD, RD, FASPEN, is dean and professor of the College of Health at the University of Utah. She received her PhD in nutrition and metabolism at the University of Alberta, underwent post-doctoral training at the University of Texas Medical School in Houston, and advanced from assistant to endowed professor at the University of Illinois Urbana before serving as professor and head of the Department of Kinesiology and Nutrition at the University of Illinois Chicago.

Dr. Tappenden’s research program focuses on intestinal failure, mechanisms regulating epithelial function, and patient malnutrition. For these contributions, she has received multiple awards, published over 100 peer-reviewed papers, and delivered over 500 invited lectures.

Dr. Tappenden served as the 33rd president of the American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition from 2008 to 2009, chair of the Nutrition, Metabolism and Obesity Section of the American Gastroenterological Association Institute from 2009 to 2013, represented the American Society for Nutrition on the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology board of directors from 2017 to 2022, and was editor-in-chief of the Journal for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition from 2010 to 2022.

Currently, Dr. Tappenden serves as president of the board of trustees of The Oley Foundation, an advocacy group striving to enrich the lives of those living with home intravenous nutrition and tube feeding through education, advocacy, and networking.


Annual Meeting Lecturer Title
ASPEN 2024 Nutrition Science & Practice Conference Kelly A. Tappenden, PhD, RD, FASPEN Mission Nutrition: Redefining the Human Health Span
ASPEN 2023 Nutrition Science & Practice Conference Rose Ann DiMaria-Ghalili, PhD, RN, FASPEN, FAAN, FGSA Living Well: Interdisciplinary Research at the Intersection of Nutrition and Aging
ASPEN 2022 Nutrition Science & Practice Conference
Marion Winkler, PhD, RD, LDN, CNSC Reflections from a Clinician Scientist: The Power of Patient Voice
ASPEN 2021 Nutrition Science & Practice Conference Thomas R. Ziegler, MD, MS Nutritional Metabolomics: Back to the Future of Nutrition and Metabolic Support
ASPEN 2020 Nutrition Science & Practice Conference Mette Berger, MD, PhD The Role of Individualized Nutrition and Micronutrient Therapy in Outcome After Critical Illness
ASPEN 2019 Nutrition Science & Practice Conference David N. Herndon, MD Modulation of Hypercatabolic Response to Burns and Trauma: The Interaction of Environment, Diet, Surgery, and Exercise
ASPEN 2018 Nutrition Science & Practice Conference Michael D. Jensen, MD How Understanding Inter-Organ Energy Flow Facilitates Nutrition Support
Clinical Nutrition Week 2017 Daren Heyland, MD, MSc Clinical Research in an Age of Collaboration - Together We Can do Bigger and Better!
Clinical Nutrition Week 2016 David F. Driscoll, BS, MS, PhD Pharmaceutical and Clinical Aspects of Lipid Injectable Emulsions
Clinical Nutrition Week 2015 Dan Linetzky Waitzberg, MD, PhD, FASPEN High Quality Nutritional Care: The Brazilian Experience
Clinical Nutrition Week 2014 Gordon Jensen, MD, PhD, FASPEN Malnutrition and Inflammation: Where Have We Been? Where Are We Now? Where Are We Going?
Clinical Nutrition Week 2013 Dennis Bier, MD Dragged Kicking and Screaming into the Evidence-based Century
Clinical Nutrition Week 2012
Roland N. Dickerson, PharmD, BCNSP Improving Patient Care with Practice-Based Research
Clinical Nutrition Week 2011
Olle Ljungqvist, MD The ERAS Bundle. Enhanced Recovery After Surgery Optimizing return of GI function
Clinical Nutrition Week 2010 John C. Alverdy, MD Nutrients, Microbes and the Intestinal Bioreactor
Clinical Nutrition Week 2009 John L. Rombeau, MD Mentoring and Nutritional Care
Clinical Nutrition Week 2008
Kenneth A. Kudsk, MD The Role of Nutrition on Intestinal and Respiratory Immune Defenses and the Inflammatory Response to Injury
Clinical Nutrition Week 2007
Ezra Steiger, MD, CNSP Experiences and Observations in the Management of Patients With Short Bowel Syndrome
Clinical Nutrition Week 2006 Samuel Klein, MD Use of Stable Isotope Tracers to Study the Regulation of Substrate Metabolism in Humans in vivo
Clinical Nutrition Week 2005 Stanley J. Dudrick, MD A 45-year Obsession and Passionate Pursuit of Optimal Nutrition Support: Puppies, Pediatrics, Surgery, Geriatrics, Home TPN, A.S.P.E.N., et cetera
Nutrition Week 2004
Stephen Lowry, MD Surgical Oncology and Specialized Nutrition Support of Surgical Patients
Nutrition Week 2003 Bruce R. Bistrian, MD, PhD Clinical Aspects of Essential Fatty Acid Metabolism
Nutrition Week 2002 Steven B. Heymsfield, MD Heat and Life: The Ongoing Scientific Odyssey
25th Clinical Congress—2001
Roland L. Weinsier, MD, DrPH Etiology of Obesity: Metholological Examination of the Set-Point Theory
24th Clinical Congress—2000 Peter Fürst, MD PhD A Thirty Year Odyssey in Nitrogen Metabolism: From Ammonium to Dipeptides
23rd Clinical Congress—1999 VR Young Isotopic metaprobes, nutrition, and the roads ahead
22nd Clinical Congress—1998 Jonathan L. Meakins, MD Host Defense: Infection and Nutrition—Yesterday and Today
21st Clinical Congress—1997 J Hirsch Understanding Obesity: The Unfinished Business
20th Clinical Congress—1996 JE Fischer Mechanism, Mechanism, Mechanism
19th Clinical Congress— 1995 Joel Kopple, MD Nutritional Management of Acute Renal Failure: Does it Make a Difference?
18th Clinical Congress—1994 Eleanor Young, PhD, RD A Panoramic View: Medicine, Nutrition, and Patient Care
17th Clinical Congress—1993
Irwin H. Rosenberg, MD New Vitamins in Aging Bottles: The Role of Vitamins in Disease Prevention
16th Clinical Congress—1992 Graham L. Hill, MD Body Composition Research: Implications for the Practice of Clinical Nutrition
15th Clinical Congress—1991 Anthony Cerami, PhD The Role of Cachectin/TNF in Cachexia, Shock and Inflammation
14th Clinical Congress—1990 Nevin Scrimshaw, MD, PhD The Effect of Infections on Nutrient Needs
13th Clinical Congress—1989 Douglas Wilmore, MD The Practice of Clinical Nutrition: How to Prepare for the Future
12th Clinical Congress—1988 Khursheed Jeejeebhoy, MD Bulk or Bounce: Objectives of Nutritional Support
11th Clinical Congress—1987 Maurice Shils, MD, ScD Trace Elements in Nutrition Support
10th Clinical Congress—1986 Edward Copeland, MD Intravenous Hyperalimentation and Cancer: A Historical Perspective
9th Clinical Congress—1985 Stanley J. Dudrick, MD Reflections on the Basic & Clinical Background and Potential of Total Parenteral Nutrition
8th Clinical Congress—1984 John M. Kinney, MD Ancient Man and Modern Medicine-an Uncertain Marriage
7th Clinical Congress—1983 Henry T. Randall, MD Enteral Nutrition: Tube Feeding in Acute and Chronic Illness
6th Clinical Congress—1982 Hamish N. Munro, MB, DSc Metabolic Interaction Between Organs in Health and Disease
5th Clinical Congress—1981 George F. Cahill, MD Ketosis
4th Clinical Congress—1980 Frances D. Moore, MD Energy and the Maintenance of the Body Cell Mass
3rd Clinical Congress—1979 Sir David P. Cuthbertson Metabolic Response to Injury and Its Nutritional Implications: Retrospect and Prospect
2nd Clinical Congress—1978 Stanley M. Levenson, MD The Influence of the Indigenous Microflora on Mammalian Metabolism and Nutrition