Gordon Jensen named president of American Society for Nutrition

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Gordon L. Jensen, professor and head of the Department of Nutritional Sciences at Penn State, took office as president of the American Society for Nutrition (ASN) on June 1.

“The prognosis for increases in federal research funding appears grim,” said Jensen, who also serves as a professor of medicine at the Penn State Hershey Medical Center and as a specialist in nutrition with Mt. Nittany Physician Group. “The situation for young investigators is especially dire. We may be at risk to lose a generation of promising young investigators. In this challenging environment a clear priority for ASN is to deepen our relationships and partnerships for advocacy. I will continue ASN’s leadership in the cultivation of young nutrition scientists, clinicians and emerging professionals.”

Jensen’s research interests have focused largely on nutrition concerns in older populations. He and his colleagues develop and test nutrition screening and assessment tools that focus on specific functional and health care resource outcomes for older people. In particular, they study the impact of obesity on these outcomes. Jensen also has promoted understanding of the central roles of inflammatory responses in malnutrition and obesity.

Jensen previously worked with the Vanderbilt Medical group from 1998 to 2007 and served as director of the Vanderbilt Center for Human Nutrition from 1999 to 2007. He received his medical degree from Cornell University Medical College and his doctorate in nutritional biochemistry from Cornell University. He completed residency training in internal medicine and fellowship training in clinical nutrition at New England Deaconess Hospital, Harvard Medical School.

A widely recognized nutrition researcher and educator, Jensen has made numerous presentations at national and international meetings. He has served on advisory panels, study sections or work groups for the National Institutes of Health, the American Dietetic Association and the Food and Nutrition Board. He currently is serving his second term as a member of the Food and Nutrition Board. He also has served on several editorial boards for leading nutrition journals and as ad hoc reviewer for many other journals. He has authored more than 160 journal articles, reviews and book chapters.

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Last Updated June 14, 2013