Continuing Education Opportunities

The American Society for Nutrition (ASN) offers educational programs to help practitioners improve patient care and health outcomes by developing and maintaining nutrition knowledge, skills, and behaviors essential to promoting health and the treatment and prevention of chronic diseases. Through continuing education and their activities’ evaluations, ASN assesses the impact of its curricula. We offer continuing education opportunities for a variety of practitioners.

Dietitian Continuing Professional Education (CPE)

ASN (Provider #NS010) is accredited and approved by the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) as a provider of Continuing Professional Education (CPE) programs for Registered Dietitians. CPE programs are coordinated through ASN’s Knowledge Department.


Upcoming Webinars and Events

What Is “Sweetness”? The Biological Drive For Sweet Taste And Role In Quality Of Life For Individuals With T1DM
Tuesday, July 19, 2022 | 11:00 AM– 12:00 PM ET

Several authorities recommend reduction or avoidance of intake of e.g., “sweet flavors”, and suggest that intake of sweet taste in the diet promotes the desire for more sweet, resulting in greater energy intakes. However, the effect of limiting sweet taste on reduction of sugars or energy intake is unknown. In addition, the role of sweetness in the context of sensory perception and the total diet is complex, and the ability to change preference for sweet remains under investigation. Given the biological drive for sweet taste, low- and no- calorie sweeteners (LNCSs) have been acknowledged as a tool for reducing the intake of total carbohydrates, and particularly added sugars, in the nutritional management of diabetes. Although water is the standard of care for individuals with diabetes, LNCSs may help to improve Quality of Life (QoL) when some sweet taste is desired. Reduced QoL can negatively affect diabetes-related outcomes. In this session, the biology of sweet taste and its role in the total diet will be reviewed. In addition, new data from a study assessing the relationship between LNCS use and QoL in adults with Type I Diabetes will be presented.


“Crash Course” On Design And Interpretation Of Gut Microbiome Research
Thursday, July 21, 2022 | 2:00 PM– 3:00 PM ET

Nutrition and other practitioners will be working in the context of the evolving field of gut microbiome science for decades to come. Understanding the fundamentals of research design and interpretation are likely to be core skills. Once research is generated, interpretation and application of findings requires an appreciation for dynamics that extend beyond the food, nutrient, or intervention of interest. Effective application of gut microbiome research requires clinicians to critically appraise methodological elements of research when interpreting results. In this webinar, an overview of best practices for designing and conducting diet-microbiome research in humans will be provided. Topics will include not only intervention study designs but also recruitment tips, sampling methods, important metadata to collect, and more. Attendees will likewise understand important elements to consider when interpreting and applying gut microbiome research.

Past Webinars

ASN Student Interest Group Webinar: Science Communication
Wednesday, May 4, 2022 | 3:00 PM– 4:30 PM ET

Join the ASN SIG for a webinar about all things SciComm! Learn about the progression of the 3MT phenomena from creator, Professor Emeritus Alan Lawson. Join Dr. Jessica Garay on her SciComm journey with the public as a science policy fellow. Dr. Rola Hammoud and Dr. Amadeo Salvador will then provide tips for how to deliver ASN award-winning virtual platform and poster presentations.

ECN Professional Development Webinar: Tips and Tricks for How to Set Up and Run Your Lab/Research Program as a Junior Faculty
Wednesday, April 27, 2022 | 12:00 PM– 1:30 PM ET


This webinar hosted by ASN’s Early Career Nutrition (ECN) Interest Group will provide resources and best practices for establishing or negotiating for research/lab needs for junior faculty and discuss how they can establish a positive working environment, including developing safe and ethical working conditions, recruiting, and retaining qualified personnel and developing strong relationships for success. The format will be a discussion with panelists representing different research/lab settings: (1) a wet lab, (2) community/public health/epidemiology, (3) clinical. Live Q&A will follow the panel discussion.

Nutrient Gene Interaction Interest Group (NGI RIS) Career Panel Forum
Friday, April 22, 2022 | 2:00 PM– 3:00 PM ET


Please join the Nutrient-Gene Interaction RIS for our upcoming Career Panelists Discussion to learn more about career opportunities outside the traditional role of Academia. In this career panel discussion, you will be able to talk with professionals in industry, government, and at commodity boards. This will be a great opportunity for graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and early-stage investigators within the American Society of Nutrition (ASN) to talk and network with professionals from a variety of exciting careers.

*The Nutrient-Gene Interactions RIS members are focused on: (1) mechanisms of gene expression and their regulation by nutrients and other dietary constituents; (2) identification of novel genes that influence the effect of dietary components on health and disease processes, and (3) the influence of genetic variation on the metabolic response to dietary factors. Activities emphasize the concepts and techniques in the areas of biochemistry, cell and molecular biology, genetics, genomics, proteomics and systems biology. Nutrition research ranges from the molecular to the organismal level in humans and other vertebrates, and model organisms such as yeast.

ECN Professional Development Webinar: Funding for Early Career Nutrition Research
Tuesday, March 22, 2022 | 3:30 PM – 5:00 PM ET


Back to Basics: Understanding Terms and Methods in the Gut Microbiome Space
Wednesday, March 16, 2022 | 11 AM – 12 PM ET

A collaboration between the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Research Dietetics Practice Group (RDPG), the Institute for the Advancement of Food and Nutrition Sciences (IAFNS), and the American Society for Nutrition (ASN), Nutritional Microbiology Research Interest Section (RIS)


Vitamin and Minerals Research Interest Group (V&M RIS) Virtual Mentoring Event
Friday, March 4, 2022 | 2 PM – 3 PM ET


A virtual mentoring event held by ASN’s Vitamin and Minerals Research Interest Group (V&M RIS)*. This meeting aimed to provide trainees at all levels an opportunity to expand their professional networks in the continued absence of the ability to meet in person. Mentors from sectors including academia, industry, and the government will be available for networking and informal discussions.

*The Vitamins and Minerals RIS and its members promote research on the basic understanding of the function, metabolism, and utilization of vitamins and minerals to establish nutritional recommendations. This RIS strives to encourage the development of new research techniques to better understand and promote the contributions of these vitamins and minerals to health promotion and disease prevention.

What’s What! Probiotics, Postbiotics, Prebiotics, Synbiotics, and Fermented Foods
Thursday, December 9, 2021 | 11 AM – 12:30 PM ET

A collaboration between the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Research Dietetics Practice Group (RDPG), the Institute for the Advancement of Food and Nutrition Sciences (IAFNS), and the American Society for Nutrition (ASN), Nutritional Microbiology Research Interest Section (RIS)


Strengthening Research Integrity: Which Areas Should the Research Community Focus On?
Tuesday, November 30, 2021 | 11 AM – 12:30 PM ET

This webinar is organized jointly by the Institute for the Advancement of Food and Nutrition Sciences (IAFNS) and the American Society for Nutrition.


Child Nutrition Reauthorization: Nutrition Opportunities and Considerations
Wednesday, September 29, 2021 | 1 PM – 2:30 PM ET


Gut Check: What you need to know about the microbiome and nutrition
Wednesday, July 28, 2021 | 12 PM – 1 PM ET


Best Practices for Human Nutrition RCTs
Tuesday, July 13, 2021 & July 20, 2021 | 12 PM – 5 PM ET 

*CPE AVAILABLE (live attendance only)

Conversations in Nutrition & Obesity Research

Webinar 1
Wednesday, March 24, 2021 | 2 PM – 3 PM ET

Webinar 2
Wednesday, April 28, 2021 | 2 – 3 PM ET

Webinar 3
Monday, May 24, 2021 | 4 – 5 PM ET

The 2021 Danone International Prize for Alimentation Laureate Lecture
Thursday, June 3, 2021 | 10 AM ET
Sponsored by the Danone Institute International

Webinar Series: Dietary Guidelines for Americans

Webinar 1: A Behind the Scenes Look at the Development of the 2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans
Friday, January 22, 2021 | 1 – 2 PM ET

Webinar 2: Utilizing Evidence Gaps Identified by the 2020 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee Report to Inform Research Priorities
Wednesday, February 10, 2021 | 1 – 2 PM ET

Webinar 3: Designing, Implementing and Presenting Research to be Reviewed by the 2020 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee
Wednesday, March 10, 2021 | 1 – 2 PM ET

Medical Foods: Their role in therapeutic nutrition
Tuesday, March 2, 2021 | 12 – 1 PM ET


Sweet Talk: A Review of the Science of Sweetness and Its Potential Impacts on Health
Tuesday, July 28, 2020 | 12 – 1 PM ET 

Sponsored by PepsiCo.


Public Health Implications of Recent Clinical Evidence on Omega-3 Fatty Acids and Cardiovascular Disease
Tuesday, June 23, 2020 | 2 – 3:30 PM ET

Sponsored by Royal DSM


Low-Carbohydrate Eating Patterns for Health – Friend or Foe?
Thursday, March 19, 2020 |  1 – 2 PM ET

Organized by the American Society for Nutrition in partnership with Tate & Lyle. Funded by Tate & Lyle.


Can Meat Take the Heat or Should it Get Out of the Kitchen? Meat Cooked at High Temperature and Cancer Risk
Thursday, December 12, 2019 |  1 – 2 PM ET

Sponsored by the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, a contractor to the Beef Checkoff


Protein’s Role in Bone Health: Does Protein Type and Amount Matter?
Thursday, September 27, 2018  |  12 – 1 PM ET

Supported by an educational grant from: Dairy Management, Inc.Egg Nutrition Center, and National Cattlemen’s Beef Association


The Farm Bill and Beyond: Advocating for Nutrition and Research
Tuesday, April 10, 2018  |  1 – 2 PM ET  

ASN is partnering with the Academy of Nutrition and DieteticsSociety for Nutrition Education and Behavior, and the Food Trust to host a Hill day on Tuesday, April 24 in Washington, D.C. We will meet with congressional offices between 10 am and 3 pm to advocate for nutrition education and nutrition research in the 2018 farm bill.  Email Sarah Ohlhorst for more information.

Drink Equivalents and Counseling Patients on Alcohol Consumption
Thursday, November 30, 2017  |  3:30 – 4:30 PM ET

Iron and Vitamin D – Impacts on the Microbiome
Tuesday, November 28, 2017  |  1 – 2 PM ET

Why is Vitamin E Important for Infants and Children?
Thursday, June 16, 2016  |  1 – 2:30 PM ET