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Premier Paper Session and Vars Award Competition (SA20)

Saturday, April 22 • 10:30 AM – 12:30 PM PT

In Person SessionVirtual Session

ASPEN is dedicated to advancing the science and practice of clinical nutrition and metabolism. This session features the best peer-reviewed research abstracts submitted for inclusion in the ASPEN23 conference. This is your opportunity to hear firsthand about the latest research that helps shape clinical practice in nutrition support. 

All the individuals who give presentations during this session are vying for the prestigious Harry M. Vars Award. This award serves as a tribute to Dr. Vars and his pioneering developments in parenteral nutrition and is given annually for the best original research presentation by an early-career investigator at the ASPEN conference. The award recipient will be determined during the conference by votes submitted by ASPEN23 conference participants and by the ASPEN Research Committee’s thorough review of manuscripts submitted by candidates as well as the candidates’ presentations during the conference. The award recipient will be announced at the Rhoads Research Lecture and Award Ceremony on Sunday morning. Come cheer on the candidates and hear the best of the best research at ASPEN23!

Absorption of an Engineered Medium Chain Fatty Acid in Two Short Bowel Syndrome Minipig Models

Scott C. Fligor, MD, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Boston Children's Hospital, Boston, MA

Altering Tunneling Location to Mitigate Central Line-Associated Complications in Children With Intestinal Failure
Devon Pace, MD, Clinical Research Fellow, Nemours Children's Health, Wilmington, DE

In Parenterally Fed Neonatal Piglets, Fatty Acid Composition Varies by Source of Parenteral Lipid and by the Tissue Site Sampled
Mirielle Lauren Pauline, BSc, PhD Student, University of Alberta, St. Albert, Alberta, Canada 

Applying Implementation Science to Increase Early Enteral Nutrition Utilization in Mechanically Ventilated Patients 
Joshua Veith, MD, MSCE, Physician, Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Cleveland, OH 

Hydroxy-β-Methylbutrate (HMB) Supplementation and Functional Outcomes in Multi-Trauma Patients: A Pilot Double-Blinded Randomized Clinical Trial (BOOST Trial)
Kym Wittholz, BNutSci, MDietS, Senior Dietitian, The Royal Melbourne Hospital, Parkville, Victoria, Australia

Roland N. Dickerson, Pharm.D., BCNSP, FCCP, FASHP, FCCM, FASPEN, Professor of Clinical Pharmacy and Translational Science, College of Pharmacy, University of Tennessee Health Science Center; Clinical Coordinator and Clinical Pharmacist, Nutrition Support Service, Regional One Health, Memphis, TN

Enid Martinez, MD, Associate in Critical Care Medicine, Department of Anesthesiology, Critical Care and Pain Medicine, Boston Children's Hospital; Assistant Professor of Anesthesia, Boston Children's Hospital, Boston, MA


CE Credit: 2 hours
Level: Advanced
UAN: JA0002345-0000-23-071-L99-P