American Society For Nutrition

Nutritional Epidemiology

Nutritional Epidemiology

Excellence in Nutrition Research and Practice
Nutritional Epidemiology RIS

The Nutritional Epidemiology RIS was established for ASN members interested in diet, nutritional status and health in human populations. Focuses include: studying the interactions of lifestyle, environmental, and genetic exposures on health and wellbeing, assessment methods; biomarkers; and other statistical and epidemiological techniques. RIS members integrate these finding with clinical research to elucidate nutrition's impact in the etiology and prevention of disease.

Reasons to Join (PDF)

Leadership Chair: Namanjeet "Naman" Ahluwalia, PhD, DSc, FACN, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, (NCHS/NHANES)
Chair Elect: Niyati Parekh, PhD, RD, New York University
Past Chair: Lisa M. Troy, PhD, University of Massachusetts Amherst
Treasurer: Patricia M Guenther, PhD, RD, University of Utah
Student Representatives: Karim Bougma, MS, McGill University
Nour Makarem, MS, RD, New York University

Advisory Steering Committee Regan Bailey, PhD, RD, National Institutes of Health, ODS Katrarzyna "Kasia" Kordas, PhD, University of Bristol Joann M. McDermid, PhD, Cornell University Amy Millen, PhD, University of Buffalo
Nicholas J. Ollberding, PhD, Cincinnati Children's Hospital
Shivani Sahni, PhD, Harvard Medical School
Claire A. Zizza, PhD, RDN, Auburn University

Contact Information Member news and highlights: Dr Claire Zizza Member feedback: Dr Nicholas Ollberding and Karim Bougma Mentoring Event: Dr Shivani Sahni Poster Competition: Dr Niyati Parekh

Upcoming Meetings and Important Dates
Note two special events
Poster Competition - Saturday, March 28. 
Business meeting and Mentoring Event - Sunday, March 29.

More information forthcoming!


  • "Let's get started" mentoring tips from EB 2014 available here
  • 2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans

The 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee (DGAC) is currently reviewing the scientific evidence on diet, nutrition, and health and developing its report for the HHS and USDA Secretaries. The federal government will use the Committee's report as the scientific basis for developing the eighth edition of the Dietary Guidelines for Americans (DGA). The DGAC holds a series of public meetings to develop its recommendations. Information about the DGAC, webcast recordings of public meetings, and other meeting materials are available at fifth meeting of the DGAC was held on September 16-17, 2014. Meeting information and resources are available at The DGAC Public Meeting 6 will be held by webcast on November 7, 2014 from 10 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. Registration will open on October 23, 2014 at that website.  Submission of public comments to the 2015 DGAC closed on December 30, 2014.  A webcast of the final meeting of the DGAC can be found at: