Nutrition Research Task Force

ASN is leading a new effort that will foster greater collaborative efforts to build the strongest nutrition evidence base possible.

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The task force will author a report that provides an overview of the current types, purposes, strengths, and limitations of the primary methodologies used in nutrition research.

The report will discuss inherent challenges that exist when conducting nutrition research and the many considerations researchers must account for in nutrition studies such as:

  • research designs
  • analytical and behavioral methods
  • statistical power and analyses,
  • population characteristics and generalizability
  • suitable positive and negative controls with consideration given to issues unique to approaches ranging from molecular to population-based inquiries

A secondary goal of this Task Force Report is to help the public, media, and nutrition professionals better understand how to interpret and apply nutrition research.

Scope of Work

ASN will convene a Task Force to author a report that provides an overview of the current types, purposes, strengths, and limitations of the primary methodologies used in nutrition research. Further, it will describe the role of each type of evidence in setting clinical practice guidelines, dietary recommendations, nutrition programs and interventions, and policy. The report will discuss inherent challenges that exist when conducting nutrition research and the many considerations researchers must account for in nutrition studies such as research designs, analytical and behavioral methods, statistical power and analyses, population characteristics and generalizability, as well as suitable positive and negative controls with consideration given to issues unique to approaches ranging from molecular to population-based inquiries. The goal of this Task Force Report is to help the public, media, and nutrition professionals better understand how to interpret and apply nutrition research. It is further hoped that this effort will foster greater collaborative efforts to build the strongest nutrition evidence base possible. 

Task Force Roster

 

Co-Chairs

Richard (Rick) Mattes, MPH, PhD, RD
Purdue University College of Health & Human Sciences

Sylvia B. Rowe
SR Strategy

Members

Leonard (Len) H. Epstein, PhD
University at Buffalo Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences

Andrew Brown, PhD
Indiana University Bloomington School of Public Health

Edith Feskens, PhD
Wageningen University & Research Division of Human Nutrition & Health

Naomi K. Fukagawa, MD
U.S. Dept of Agriculture/Agricultural Research Service Beltsville Human Nutrition Research Center

Michael Kelley, PhD, RD
University of Illinois, Chicago College of Dentistry

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

DeAnn Liska, PhD
Texas A&M AgriLife Research

Jaapna Dhillon, PhD
University of Missouri, Columbia, School of Medicine

Alison Brown, PhD
National Institutes of Health National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute

Roger A. Sunde, PhD
University of Wisconsin College of Agricultural & Life Sciences

Katherine (Katy) L. Tucker, PhD
University of Massachusetts, Lowell Dept of Biomedical & Nutritional Sciences

Lynnette M. Neufeld, PhD
Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN)

Daniel J. Hoffman, PhD
Rutgers University School of Environmental and Biological Sciences

Timeline of Events

October 2021

Report expected to be shared with ASN Board of Directors

 

January 2021

Writing begins

 

December 2020

October 2020

September 2020

Task Force planning calls

 

August 2020

Introductory call with Task Force chair to lay out action plan

 

July 2020

Task Force is in place and Chair is identified.

 

June 2020

Fifteen ASN members are invited to serve on Task Force.

 

May 2020

ASN Board of Directors finalizes and approves charge to Task Force. A Call for ASN members to serve on the Task Force is initiated.

 

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Nutrition Research Task Force

Meeting Minutes

January 28, 2020 Call (PDF)

December 7, 2020 Call (PDF)

October 23, 2020 Call (PDF)

September 23, 2020 Call (PDF)

August 26, 2020 Call (PDF)