The American Society for Nutrition (ASN) is a non-profit organization dedicated to bringing together the world's top researchers, clinical nutritionists and industry to advance our knowledge and application of nutrition for the sake of humans and animals. ASN’s focus ranges from the most critical details of research and application to the broadest applications in society, in the U.S. and around the world.
The American Society for Nutrition (ASN) brings together the world's top researchers to advance the knowledge and application of nutrition. ASN has more than 5,000 members worldwide working in academia, public health, clinical practice, industry, and government who conduct research to help all individuals live healthier lives. Members can join any of ASN’s three Scientific Councils: Medical Nutrition, Nutritional Sciences, and Global Nutrition; three Interest Groups: Student, Early Career, and China; and 15 Research Interest Sections for networking and collaboration on topics including obesity; maternal, perinatal and pediatric nutrition; and aging and chronic disease. ASN publishes the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, Journal of Nutrition, and Advances in Nutrition.
ASN was founded in 1928 as the American Institute for Nutrition (AIN). In 2005, the American Society for Clinical Nutrition, the American Society for Nutritional Sciences (formerly AIN) and the Society for International Nutrition merged to form ASN. Today, the Society encompasses both research and clinical focuses. An important part of ASN’s mission is to advocate for nutrition research and its application to development and implementation of policies and practices related to nutrition.
“ASN’s primary advocacy goal is to increase federal nutrition research funding, which many of our members rely on to make discoveries that will improve public health,” said Sarah Ohlhorst, MS, RD, Senior Director of Advocacy and Science Policy with the American Society for Nutrition. ASN advocates for basic, clinical, applied and translational nutrition research, focusing on federal sources such as the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) intramural and extramural programs. ASN advocates for nutrition monitoring conducted jointly by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) National Center for Health Statistics and the USDA Agricultural Research Service. ASN points to its Nutrition Research Priorities, as well as the U.S. government’s National Nutrition Research Roadmap, to illustrate the importance of nutrition research and identify gaps in need of future funds. “The advancement of these nutrition research priority areas will have the greatest projected impact on the future health and well-being of global populations,” noted Ohlhorst.
ASN also encourages the next generation of nutrition scientists to participate in the policy arena. ASN’s Science Policy Fellowship provides students and young professionals with the skills and tools necessary to become well-informed advocates for nutrition science and research. Early career scientists from across the country meet with policy makers and federal agencies to highlight the benefits of nutrition research.
ASN frequently works through coalitions and partnerships with likeminded organizations to enhance its advocacy. “The advocacy efforts of Research!America help to complement ASN’s own efforts to advance nutrition research and to promote research policies that lead to scientific progress and innovation, ultimately improving public health.” said Ohlhorst.