David B. Allison, Ph.D., distinguished professor and director of the Nutrition Obesity Research Center, has been named chair-elect of the society’s Obesity Research Interest Section, while Barbara A. Gower, Ph.D., professor and vice chair for research in the Department of Nutrition Sciences, has been named as an academic-at-large member of the Energy and Macronutrient Metabolism Research Interest Section.
Research Interest Sections were established as part of the society to ensure representation of and support for the various areas of nutritional research within the publications and scientific programs of the society, as well as provide a mechanism for effective involvement of the membership in the affairs of the society, and enhance the participation of and contact with scientists in other disciplines who have interest in the scientific fields related to nutrition.
The purpose of the Obesity Research Interest Section is specifically to facilitate and promote scientific exchange among ASN members who focus on research, teaching and outreach activities in the area of obesity. It provides a mechanism for representing and integrating the disease of obesity within ASN’s governance and activities. One of its major goals is to promote participation and mentoring of young investigators interested in obesity.
Members of the Energy and Macronutrient Metabolism Research Interest Section research the function and metabolism of major energy-yielding substrates like carbohydrates, lipids and their derivatives, as well as 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.
The ASN is dedicated to bringing together the world’s top researchers, clinical nutritionists and industry to advance knowledge and application of nutrition for the sake of humans and animals.