ASN Foundation

The ASN Foundation (ASNF) enhances the activities of our professional Society by deepening the ways in which ASN supports the field of nutrition, including through the dissemination and application of nutrition science to improve public health and clinical practice worldwide, and by advancing the Society’s role as a global leader in nutrition, health, and wellness. The Foundation is managing a broad portfolio that complements and enhances ASN priorities and activities.

Serving the Field

The Foundation will expand resources, drive interest in nutrition science careers, support early-career scientists and increase the skills, infrastructure, and resources of investigators and institutions worldwide.

ASNF offers predoctoral fellowships and other forms of researcher support, including travel awards. Programs to enhance scientists’ publishing potential and other skills have been implemented in Asia, Latin America, and the Middle East.

In 2019, our priorities include:

  • Provide much needed Awards and Scholarships to the diverse spectrum of ASN members from students to lifelong investigators;
  • Launch ASN Foundation’s Medical Schools Initiative to equip physicians-in-training and other health professionals with the nutrition knowledge and skills needed to reduce the risk of many diet-related chronic diseases and assure healthy patterns in children;
  • Implement the recommendations and outcomes from ASN’s “Ensuring Trust, Transparency and Scientific Rigor in the Nutrition Science Landscape,” an initiative to enhance the quality and credibility of nutrition research in both the scientific community and the public sector;
  • Enhance ASN’s Online Learning platform – more free webinars, and greater online resources for members through ASN On-Demand;
  • And, more!

Providing Reliable Nutrition Information to Advance Health

ASNF offers more than two dozen scientific awards, and wishes to add start-up grants to its scope. Ultimately, the Foundation will advance understanding of controversial issues in nutrition science and the dissemination of science-based information. By serving as a grant-making mechanism, ASNF will support independent, scientific state-of-the-science reviews and positions, and the development of practice guidelines.

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Enhancing Global Nutrition, Health, and Wellness

Advances in nutrition research and practice hold promise for addressing health challenges in the U.S. and the world, as illustrated by the Nutrition Research Priorities released by ASN. The Foundation will broaden the Society’s mission and scope beyond nutrition science, so that ASN can function as the authoritative global leader in health and wellness.

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Board Roster

Robert M. Russell, MD (Chair)

Tufts University

Johanna Dwyer, DSc, RD

NIH Office of Dietary Supplements

Michael Rosenblatt, MD

Flagship Pioneering

Jeffrey Blumberg, PhD

Tufts University

G. Harvey Anderson, PhD

University of Toronto

Bruce Bistrian, MD, PhD

Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

Volunteer with ASNF

Many willing volunteers are needed to achieve the ambitious goals that ASNF has established! We also accept volunteers to assist with nominating panels and selection juries for the ASN awards and scholarships.

The ASN Foundation was certified by the U.S. Internal Revenue Service as a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization in late 2013.

Get Involved

The current Chair of the ASN Foundation Board of Trustees is currently seeking additional Trustees (both internal and external).

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