American Society For Nutrition



Excellence in Nutrition Research and Practice


The American Society for Nutrition became the US Adhering Body to the International Union of Nutritional Sciences in 2008. However, our organizations have collaborated closely for many decades.

At ASN's annual meeting in 1949, President E.M. Nelson reported on a meeting he had attended in London in June of 1948. The meeting had been convened to consider the formation of an International Union of Nutrition Sciences (IUNS). At this meeting, a tentative constitution and by-laws for the proposed union was prepared and adopted. Application to the International Congress of Scientific Unions was made and acted on in September of 1949.

The IUNS mission is:
-To promote advancement in nutrition science, research and development through international cooperation at the global level.
-To encourage communication and collaboration among nutrition scientists as well as to disseminate information in nutritional sciences through modern communication technology.

International Congresses of Nutrition

IUNS has organized International Congresses of Nutrition since 1952. In 1981, the ASN (then known as AIN) administered the International Congress in San Diego, CA (program chair: James Dinning). View the ASN Living Legends featured at the International Congress in 2009 in Bangkok, Thailand.

ASN maintains a competitive travel awards program for outstanding early-career and student investigators currently based in the U.S. The travel awards assist with costs related to attendance at the International Congresses. Funders are asked to provide grants of $3,500. Email us for more information.

2013 Congress

IUNS held the 20th International Congress of Nutrition in Granada, Spain, Sept. 15-20, 2013. The theme for 2013 was "Joining Cultures Through Nutrition." ASN greeted many members and Congress attendees at Exhibit #101. Invited papers were published as a supplement in Advances in Nutrition and can be accessed through the Proceedings of the International Union of Nutritional Sciences (IUNS) 20th International Congress of Nutrition (ICN) collection.  

The E.V. McCollum Lecture, organized by ASN, took place on Tuesday, September 17 at 10:30 a.m. in the Lorca Auditorium. The keynote address was delivered by Lindsay H. Allen, PhD, RD, the Director of the USDA ARS Western Human Nutrition Research Center (WHNRC). Dr. Allen's research is focused on the prevalence, causes, consequences and prevention of micronutrient deficiencies including iron, vitamin B-12, zinc, vitamin A and riboflavin. As the 2012-2013 McCollum Lecturer, Dr. Allen presented a talk focused on “Micronutrient Research, Programs and Policy: From Meta-analyses to Metabolomics.”

Congratulations to the following travel award recipients, who received ASN support to attend the Congress in 2013. ASN remains appreciative of the organizations supporting student and emerging investigator travel to the ICN: the Office of Dietary Supplements at the National Institutes of Health; DuPont Nutrition & Health and Solae, LLC; and the Future Congresses Fund.

Robert Ackatia-Armah
University of California-Davis
Mentors: Kenneth Brown and Susan Fried

Kristina Harris
Pennsylvania State University
Mentor: Penny Kris-Etherton

Sarah Luna
Cornell University
Mentor: Jere Haas

Carmen Piernas Sanchez
University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill
Mentor: Barry Popkin

Margarita Santiago
University Wisconsin-Madison
Mentors: Dale Schoeller and Alexandra Adams

Towfida Siddiqua
University of California-Davis
Mentor: Lindsay Allen

Elaine Yu
Cornell University
Mentor: Saurabh Mehta