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Nutrition Research, March for Science, & Diversity

By Michael I McBurney


Experimental Biology, EB17, is just around the corner. This multidisciplinary, scientific meeting attracts over 14,000 scientists and exhibitors with interest in anatomy, biochemistry and molecular biology, investigative pathology, nutrition, pharmacology and physiology. The meeting will be held concurrently with the March for Science on Earth Day (April 22), a global movement to defend the vital role science plays in our health, safety, economies, and governments.

As a Sustaining Partner of the American Society for Nutrition (ASN), DSM Nutritional Products also began supporting the ASN Minority Affairs program in 2011 to help nurture and support the scientific development of young scientists from underrepresented communities. Our purpose is to help these individual attend educational and professional development opportunities, strengthen presentation skills and develop professional networks by participating in the ASN annual meeting.

In 2013, DSM Nutritional Products funded the creation of the ASN Young Minority Investigator Oral Competition. By nurturing and supporting the development of scientific talent among diverse communities, DSM Nutritional Products and ASN serve as leaders in promoting health and reducing nutrition disparities.

In 2016, Valerie Darcey, was awarded the ASN Grand Prize for Young Minority Investigators. Her presentation was entitled “Omega-3 status is related to prefrontal cortex-mediated impulse control in adolescents”.

In 2015, Michelle Cardelle (@michellecardel) won the competition with her presentation entitled “Self-concept and obesity risk in low income diverse preschoolers”.

In 2014, Monique LeMieux won the competition with her presentation entitled ““Eicosapentaenoic acid reduces high-fat diet-induced insulin resistance by altering adipose tissue glycolytic and inflammatory function”.

In 2013, Christine Hutchison won the competition with her presentation entitled ““Effect of soluble fiber dextrin on postprandial appetite and subsequent food intake in healthy adults”.

The 2017 Young Minority Investigator Oral Competition, organized by the Minority and Diversity Affairs Committee, will be held Saturday, April 22, in the Chicago McCormick Place Convention Center, Room S102BC from 11:00-12:45 CST. 

The 2017 ASN Grand Prize for Young Minority Investigator, supported by DSM Nutritional Products, will be announced at the ASN Awards Ceremony on Sunday night.

Join us to celebrate!