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Providing perspectives on recent research into vitamins and nutritionals


Celebrations Galore: Nutrition, Diversity, Empowerment

By Michael McBurney

Experimental Biology, EB16, 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.

As a Sustaining Partner of the American Society for Nutrition (ASN) Roundtable, DSM is  committed to advancing our knowledge and application of nutrition. Beginning in 2011 and 2012, DSM partnered with the ASN Minority and Diversity Affairs Committee to help nurture and support the development of underrepresented minority scientists to participate in this scientific meeting.

In 2013, ASN created the ASN Grand Prize for Young Minority Investigators based on a competition created to inspire and challenge young minority scientists to strengthen their presentation, professional and networking skills. By nurturing and supporting scientific talent and diversity, DSM and ASN serve as leaders in promoting health and reducing nutrition disparities.

In 2015, Michelle Cardelle (@michellecardel) was awarded the ASN Grand Prize for Young Minority Investigators. Her presentation was 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”.

The 2013 winner was Christine Hutchison who spoke on ““Effect of soluble fiber dextrin on postprandial appetite and subsequent food intake in healthy adults”.

The 2016 Young Minority Investigator Oral Competition, organized by the Minority and Diversity Affairs Committee, will be held Saturday, April 2, in the San Diego Convention Center, Room 33BC from 11:30-13:00 PST.  

The 2016 ASN Grand Prize for Young Minority Investigator, supported by DSM, will be announced at the ASN Awards Ceremony on Sunday night.

Join us to celebrate!