Newswise — The American Society for Nutrition (ASN) and the ASN Foundation are proud to announce the 2021 recipients of its scientific achievement awards.

“The 2021 ASN award recipients are an esteemed group of scientists whose contributions and dedication to advancing nutrition research, education and practice are inspiring,” stated ASN President, Lindsay Allen, PhD. “We are thrilled to shine the light on our members’ remarkable achievements.”

As previously announced, due to ongoing COVID-19 concerns and uncertainty around travel restrictions, the ASN Board of Directors made the decision to host Nutrition 2021 as an interactive, engaging, and safe virtual event: NUTRITION 2021 LIVE ONLINE, June 7–10.

In lieu of in-person recognition, ASN will celebrate both 2020 and 2021 award winners virtually leading up to and during NUTRITION 2021 LIVE ONLINE.  Connect with ASN across all social media platforms to stay up to date on all festivities surrounding the world’s largest online gathering of nutrition professionals #NutritionLiveOnline.


Senior Investigator Lectureships

George Bray Outstanding Scientific Achievements Award in Obesity Research

Endowed by Dr. George W. Bray and his wife Marilyn Bray

Eric Ravussin, PhD, Pennington Biomedical Research Center

Gilbert A. Leveille Lectureship and Award

Steven H. Zeisel, MD, PhD, Nutrition Research Institute, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Mid-Career Awards

Nevin Scrimshaw Mid-Career Award in Global Nutrition

Supported by the Sight and Life Foundation

Alison Gernand, PhD, MPH, RD, The Pennsylvania State University

Young Investigator Awards

Bio-Serv Award in Experimental Animal Nutrition

Supported by Bio-Serv Inc.

Andrew Steelman, PhD, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

E.L.R. Stokstad Award

Endowed by the Stokstad Family

Aditi Das, PhD, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Mead Johnson Award

Endowed by Mead Johnson Pediatric Nutrition Institute

Hannah D. Holscher, PhD, RD, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Mary Swartz Rose Young Investigator Award

Supported by the Council for Responsible Nutrition

Nancy E. Moran, PhD, Baylor College of Medicine

Norman Kretchmer Award in Nutrition and Development

Taren Swindle, PhD University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences

Vernon Young International Award for Amino Acid Research

Endowed by Ajinomoto Co., Inc

Marlou Dirks, PhD, University of Exeter

Scholarships and Fellowships

ASN Predoctoral Fellowship: Mars, Inc. Predoctoral Fellowship

Supported by Mars, Inc.

Cynthia Klobodu, MBChB, MPH, Drexel University

ASN Predoctoral Fellowship: The Gerber Foundation Predoctoral Fellowship

Endowed by the Gerber Foundation

Akriti Shrestha, MS, RN, Syracuse University

Herbalife Nutrition Scholarship

Supported by Herbalife Nutrition

Alan Dawson, MS, RD, CSSD, LD, Florida State University

Science Policy Fellowships Heather E. Schier, MS, The Ohio State University

Jessica Garay (formerly Redmond), PhD, RDN, CSCS, FAND, Syracuse University 

Other Awards

ASN Industry Recognition Award

Andrea W. Wong, PhD, Council for Responsible Nutrition

ASN’s Understanding Nutritional Science Video Competition

To be announced, learn more at:

ASN Volunteer of the Year Award

Presented to the Minority and Diversity Affairs Committee (MDAC)

Sonia Vega-López, PhD, Arizona State University, MDAC Chair

Stavros Kavouras, PhD, Arizona State University

Deshanie Rai, PhD, FACN, OmniActive Health Technologies

Nadine R. Sahyoun, PhD, RDN, University of Maryland, College Park

April Stull, PhD, RDN, FAND, Baylor University

Margarita Teran-Garcia, MD, PhD, FTOS, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Lisa M. Troy, PhD, University of Massachusetts Amherst

Korean Nutrition Society (KNS) Award

Christos S. Mantzoros, MD, DSc, Harvard Medical School

Milton L. Sunde Award

Endowed by the Sunde Family

Simone Passarelli, MS, Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health


About NUTRITION 2021 LIVE ONLINE Following last year’s highly successful virtual event that attracted 30,000 attendees from around the world, NUTRITION 2021 LIVE ONLINE will once again bring together top scientific researchers, practitioners, global and public health professionals, policy makers and advocacy leaders, industry, media and other related professionals to learn and share in a safe way. Mark your calendars for NUTRITION 2021 LIVE ONLINE to be held June 7 – 10, 2021. Register today to save your spot.

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About the American Society for Nutrition (ASN) ASN is the preeminent professional organization dedicated to a healthier world through evidence-based nutrition. Founded in 1928, the society brings together researchers, medical practitioners, policy makers and industry leaders around the globe to broaden our knowledge and application of nutrition. ASN publishes four peer-reviewed journals and conducts activities to advance nutrition research, practice and education including hosting the annual meeting, NUTRITION. Visit to learn more.

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