American Society For Nutrition

Medical Nutrition Council

Medical Nutrition Council

Excellence in Nutrition Research and Practice

Mission

The Medical Nutrition Council (MNC) will serve members who are interested in clinical, research, educational, and/or training aspects of nutrition and metabolism as it relates to optimal health and the prevention and treatment of human disease. The MNC will provide an interface between advances made in laboratory science and clinical practice, and bridge gaps in the translation of knowledge from the bench to the bedside to the community. The MNC will disseminate clinical nutrition knowledge, promote policies to prevent and treat nutrition-related diseases, and will promote training of health professionals. Areas of interest include, but are not limited t 1) obesity and nutrition-related chronic diseases in humans, 2) nutrient deficiency diseases, 3) integration of nutrition into clinical practice, 4) optimal nutrition for health promotion and reduction of disease risk, 5) efficacy and mechanisms of dietary supplements and botanicals, 6) determinants and consequences of dietary and nutritional trends in the United States and other regions in the world, 6) national nutrition intervention programs and policies, and 7) clinical/translational nutrition training for health professionals (both physicians and non-physicians) from undergraduate through sub-specialty training.

Description

The Medical Nutrition Council (MNC) serves as a home for members with research interests in clinical, research, educational, and/or training aspects of nutrition and metabolism as it relates to optimal health and the prevention and treatment of human disease.

The MNC's objectives are to:

· To foster communication and collaborations among clinicians, clinician-scientists and other academic professionals working in medicine, nutrition and dietetics, pharmacy, and other relevant health professions by organizing periodic meetings, seminars, and symposia at the annual scientific meeting of ASN at Experimental Biology and other appropriate venues.

· To disseminate information on current clinical and translational research in this field and to elucidate the nature of the problems and issues relevant to the field

· To establish and maintain liaison with appropriate societies with missions in nutrition or disease-specific areas (e.g. cancer, diabetes, heart disease, osteoporosis, among others) impacted by nutrition in prevention or treatment with the view to fostering knowledge transfer and sharing of complimentary missions

· To encourage and support training of clinicians in nutrition in hospital, university, industry, and public health settings and to provide avenues for continuing nutrition education for relevant health professionals, including academic and clinical nutritionists and dietitians.

· To foster communications and collaborations across councils and with Research Interest Sections.

· To encourage collaborations among clinicians and basic scientists within and between institutions to facilitate translational research from bench to bedside to community thus enabling evidence-based practice and policy.

Membership

All members of the MNC must also be members of ASN according to the procedures described in the ASN By-laws. The MNC encourages membership of clinicians and scientists from all health care disciplines who are involved in research as clinician-scientists or the teaching of nutrition in medical, dental, graduate and other health professional schools. The category of membership in ASN defines the category of membership in the MNC.

Current Regular members of ASN and Current Associate members of ASN may become members of the MNC by designating the MNC as the Scientific Council in which they would like primary membership. Prospective student members, who are formally registered undergraduate or graduate students, medical students, or post-doctoral fellows at a recognized college or university, and who intend to pursue a career in medical/clinical nutrition or clinically-oriented nutrition research, after being accepted as student members of ASN, may designate the MNC as the Scientific Council in which they would like membership. A list of new MNC members will be presented to the Governing Committee of the MNC at the annual meeting.


Leadership Profiles


New Information: 

2012 Clinical Nutrition Update (slides available now).