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Announcing the 2015 Grand Prize for Young Minority Investigator

By Michael McBurney

Congratulations to Michelle Cardel (@michellecardel) for being selected as the 2015 recipient of the ASN Grand Prize for Young Minority Investigators, sponsored by DSM Nutritional Products LLC. Her presentation was entitled “Self-concept and obesity risk in low income diverse preschoolers”. She is a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Colorado, Denver being mentored by Dr James Hill and Susan Johnson. Michelle follows in the footsteps of previous winners: 2014 Monique LeMieux, Texas Tech University, 2013 Christine Hutchinson, Iowa State University; 2012 Wanida Lewis, North Carolina State University, and  2011 Maria Carlota Dao, Tufts University.

This year, 9 young scholars were selected for American Society for Nutrition (ASN) Minority Access to Research Careers (MARC) Travel Awards. They are: Angela De Leon (University of California, Davis); Michelle Cardel (University of Colorado, Denver); Ashley Carter (Florida State University); Dede N Ekoue (University of Illinois at Chicago); Timothy Barnes (University of Minnesota); Valerie L Darcey (Georgetown University); Monique J LeMieux (Texas Tech University); Andrea Lopez-Cepero, University of Puerto Rico; and Danielle Nunnery (University of North Carolina, Greensboro)

For the oral competition, 31 submissions were reviewed, including the 9 ASN MARC candidates. From this pool, five finalists were invited to give oral presentations at the ASN Young Minority Investigator Oral Competition on Saturday. In addition to our 2015 Grand Prize Award winner, <<<<<, the other 4 winners were:

  • A Brito, University of California, Davis: ‘Effect of vitamin B12 supplementation on B12 status and neurophysiology in older Chileans analyzed by the combined indicator of B12 status
  • SM Nelson, National Cancer Institute, NIH: ‘Coffee consumption and risk of prostate cancer
  • MK Fialkowski, University of Hawaii, Manoa: ‘The Pacific retail food store environment: Findings from the Children’s Healthy Living Program
  • F Tabung, Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health: 'Association between dietary inflammatory potential and breast cancer mortality: Results from the Women’s Health Initiative

The 2014-15 ASN Minority Affairs Committee was chaired by Charlotte Pratt PhD. Based on oral presentations and scientific merit, judges [Domingo Pinero PhD (New York University), Renan Orellana (Baylor College of Medicine), Gordon Jensen (Pennsylvania State University), Christopher Duggan (Harvard University), Amy Millen (University of Buffalo) and Michael McBurney PhD, FACN (DSM Nutritional Products)] selected the recipient of the 2015 ASN Grand Prize for Minority Investigators Award.