Research Interest Sections

Research Interest Sections (RISs) were established as part of the American Institute of Nutrition in the early 1990s by Dr. Vernon Young and colleagues “to ensure representation of and support for the various areas of nutritional research within the publications and scientific programs of the Institute, and provide a mechanism for effective involvement of the membership in the affairs of the Institute, and enhance the participation of and contact with scientists in other disciplines who have interest in the scientific fields related to nutrition.” (RIS Charter)

Through symposia, webinars and other activities, RIS provide a unique home for ASN members to focus on scientific and practice-based issues in nutrition. The RIS are vibrant networks where scientific exchange, professional development, ongoing dialogues and mentorship all take place.

–Shirley Gerrior, PhD, RD, LDN College of Health Sciences, Walden University, Past RIS Director

All members may join one or more of the RIS listed below. To join a RIS, log in to the members’ only area of the website using your username and password provided and join as many RIS groups as you prefer by visiting the “Update My Member Profile” page. If you need assistance with this, please e-mail mem@nutrition.org.


Aging and Chronic Disease

As our population ages, nutrition plays a critical role in the health and well-being of older adults. The purpose of the members in the Aging and Chronic Disease RIS is to promote nutrition research in aging and chronic disease-related areas using both qualitative and quantitative research methods.

Kathryn Starr, Chair
Duke University School of Medicine and Durham VA Medical Center
kathryn.starr@dm.duke.edu
Term ends: 2021

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Carotenoid and Retinoid Interactive Group (CARIG)

CARIG’s mission is to promote member research into nutritional roles, functions, and actions of carotenoids and their metabolites; provide a mechanism for the dissemination of new research; serve as a liaison representing the interests of the carotenoid research community to government agencies and other organizations; promote and support the training of young researchers; and communicate to the wider research community and the public. Current and archived issues of CARIG’s semiannual newsletter “Carotenoid & Retinoid News” can be accessed through the CARIG NutriLink community or through the International Carotenoid Society’s website (scroll to bottom to see archived listing).

Jessica Cooperstone, Chair
The Ohio State University
cooperstone.1@osu.edu
Term Ends: 2021

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Climate/Environment, Health, Agriculture and Improved Nutrition (CHAIN)

Members of the Climate/environmental change, Health, Agriculture and Improved Nutrition (CHAIN) RIS focus on the intersection of factors affecting sustainable food systems, health and nutrition in a changing domestic and global environment.  CHAIN is oriented toward nutrition, but includes members with diverse backgrounds including agriculture, environmental studies, food science and socio-economics.   CHAIN is a forum for collegial interaction, frank discussion and development of integrated research projects around these important, and often controversial topics.

John Finley, Co-Chair
USDA Agricultural Research Service
john.finley@ars.usda.gov

Dan Raiten, Co-Chair
NIH Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development
raitend@mail.nih.gov


Community and Public Health Nutrition

The Community and Public Health Nutrition RIS is a community for researchers focused on (1) the determination and assessment of nutritional status in human populations, including national nutrition studies; (2) the evaluation of interventions to maintain and improve the health and well-being of human populations including nutrition education, food assistance, food and nutrition supplementation, and food fortification programs, and (3) food, nutrition, and related health and social policies.

Alyce Fly, Chair
Ball State University
adfly@bsu.edu
Term Ends: 2021

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Diet and Cancer

Members of the Diet and Cancer RIS focus on the impact of nutritional status and dietary factors in cancer development; the role of diet in modulating cellular, biochemical and molecular events associated with carcinogenesis at numerous sites in animal and human models; and the relevance and application of research in the field of cancer chemoprevention.

Abby D. Benninghoff, Chair
Utah State University
Abby.Benninghoff@usu.edu
Term Ends: 2021

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Dietary Bioactive Components

Does your work contribute to our understanding of the efficacy and safety of foods and their biologically active compounds? If so, you belong in the Dietary Bioactive Components RIS, which focuses on elucidating the biological, biochemical and genetic basis by which such compounds may reduce the risk of chronic disease, contribute to toxic effects or convey health benefits. Policy and regulatory affairs of foods and biologically active compounds are also addressed.

Joshua Lambert, Chair
Pennsylvania State University
jdl134@psu.edu
Term Ends: 2021

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Energy and Macronutrient Metabolism

Energy and Macronutrient Metabolism RIS members research the function and metabolism of major energy yielding substrates (carbohydrates, lipids and their derivatives), amino acids and proteins. This section encompasses research concerned with cellular, tissue, organ, and whole body metabolism and the integration and regulation of metabolism in vivo, under normal healthy and various pathophysiological chronic disease conditions. It covers basic and applied research on the influence of macronutrients and dietary supplements on metabolism, human performance, and body composition.

Lee Margolis, Chair
US Army Research Institute of Environmental Medicine
lee.m.margolis.ctr@mail.mil
Term Ends: 2021

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Experimental Animal Nutrition

The Experimental Animal Nutrition RIS is a home for ASN members who research the nutritional characteristics of animal species other than man, particularly of animals used by man as sources of food and fiber. The biological level of organization of research interest ranges from the subcellular and cellular to populations of the species; emphasis often given to research in whole animals. The RIS’s scope includes nutrition research in companion animals, exotic species and marine animals.

Timothy Wester, Chair
Massey University
t.j.wester@massey.ac.nz
Term Ends: 2021

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Maternal, Perinatal and Pediatric Nutrition

The Maternal, Perinatal and Pediatric RIS is a home for those who focus on the biology of nutrition as it impacts human development. This includes the role of nutrition on both short- and long-term health outcomes in the mother, fetus, infant and child. The scope of the RIS includes but is not limited to the following topics: (1) nutrient requirements of the mother, fetus, infant, or child (up to 18 years of age); (2) maternal nutrition as related to pregnancy and lactation including infant growth, neurodevelopmental, and healthcare outcomes; (3) lactational physiology at the molecular, cellular and organismal levels; (4) regulation and significance of human milk composition; (5) nutrition of acute and chronic pediatric disease states; (6) nutrition of infants and children with physical and intellectual disabilities including the preterm infant; (7) role of nutrition and lifestyle in the development of childhood obesity; nutrition programs and policies impacting maternal/child health; and (8) feeding behavior/styles/preferences of the mother, infant, and other caregivers (e.g., fathers, extended family, daycare providers) on health (physical, neurological growth and development) and disease prevention. Activities are coordinated with the International Society for Research in Human Milk and Lactation.

Leanne M. Redman, Chair
Pennington Biomedical Research Center
Leanne.Redman@pbrc.edu
Term Ends: 2021

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Nutrient-Gene Interactions

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.

Bradley Ferguson, Chair
University of Nevada Reno
bferguson@unr.edu
Term Ends: 2021

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Nutrition Education and Behavioral Science

The Nutrition Education and Behavioral Science RIS focuses on the communication of nutrition science information to the general public to help them understand the relationship between diet and health to food practices, and to individuals with specific dietary needs to change behaviors conducive to health and well-being. RIS activity includes research on nutrition information transfer, factors that affect eating patterns, effects of nutrition knowledge on behavioral change, behavior modification to improve health, and motivating factors for change. Includes the development and testing of effective and efficient nutrition education materials, programs, and activities for target subgroups of the population.

Cristina Palacios, Chair
Florida International University
crpalaci@fiu.edu
Term Ends: 2021

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Nutrition Translation from Bench to Consumer

The Nutrition Translation RIS provides a forum for scientists from academia, government, industry and private practice to address the conversion of nutrition knowledge from the “lab bench to the consumer.” RIS members explore ways to translate key findings in nutrition research science into practical applications that can be used to improve human health.

Chris Cifelli, Chair
National Dairy Council
Chris.Cifelli@dairy.org
Term Ends: 2021

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Nutritional Epidemiology

ASN members investigating the relationships between diet, nutritional status and health in human populations will be at home in the Nutritional Epidemiology RIS. Focuses include studying the interactions of lifestyle, environmental, and genetic exposures on health status, and researching assessment methods, biomarkers, and other statistical and epidemiological techniques. RIS members integrate these finding with clinical research to elucidate nutrition’s impact in the etiology and prevention of disease.

Xiang Gao, Chair
Pennsylvania State University
xxg14@psu.edu
Term Ends: 2021

Nutritional Epidemiology RIS Steering Committee Members:

Shilpa Bhupathiraju, Past Chair
Kelsey Mangano, Committee Member
Buyun Liu, Postdoc Representative

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Nutritional Immunology and Inflammation

Members of the Nutritional Immunology and Inflammation RIS elucidate the impact of nutritional status and dietary factors on the functioning of the immune system, and the impact of inflammation, autoimmunity, and infection on the nutritional status of individuals. Researchers who conduct human clinical or field trials as well as those who use various animal and cell models to address either basic or applied questions about the workings of the immune system are welcome.

Dallas Donohoe, Chair
University of Tennessee
ddonohoe@utk.edu
Term Ends: 2021

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Nutritional Microbiology

Nutritional Microbiology RIS members investigate interactions between dietary compounds with gut microbial communities referred to as the microbiome. This RIS supports researchers interested in dietary impacts to microbiome function as it pertains to nutrition and overall health. In addition, the RIS supports research into ingestion of beneficial microbes and fermented foods and beverages. There is an emphasis on fundamental and translational research to address pathological conditions, preventative measures, and to enhance human performance through dietary manipulations of the microbiome.

David Sela, Chair
University of Massachusetts Amherst
University of Massachusetts Medical School
davidsela@umass.edu

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Obesity

The Obesity RIS facilitates and promotes scientific exchange among ASN members who focus on research, teaching, and outreach activities in the area of obesity. The RIS provides a mechanism for representing and integrating the disease of obesity within ASN’s governance and activities and aims to promote participation and mentoring of young investigators interested in obesity.

Drew Sayer, Chair
University of Alabama at Birmingham
sayerd@uab.edu
Term Ends: 2021

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Sports Nutrition & Human Performance

ASN’s community of scientists and practitioners interested in the area of nutrition and human performance continues to grow. As a result, we are in the early stages of forming a new interest section devoted to this area.

Please indicate your interest by joining the Sports Nutrition & Human Performance RIS. ASN members can log in to the Member Portal, click on “Update My Profile.” In the “My Profile” tab, click the Edit button. Scroll down and click the box for this new “Research Interest Sections.”

Stay tuned for updates!

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Vitamins and Minerals

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.

Sahar Ajabshir, Chair
Florida International University
sajab001@fiu.edu
Term Ends: 2021

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