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Research at the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics: What, How, and Why?

Published:August 20, 2022DOI:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jand.2022.08.123

      Abstract

      Research is essential to further advance our understanding of the role of nutrition and dietetics in maintenance and improvement of health. Research is also essential for nutrition and dietetics practitioners to create and provide evidence-based interventions, including medical nutrition therapy provided by registered dietitian nutritionists. Given this critical role of research, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (Academy) has a variety of resources to assist its members in accessing, understanding, participating in, conducting, and disseminating nutrition research. These resources are comprehensive and include opportunities to participate in research (eg, Nutrition Research Network and Data Science Center), tools to aggregate practice data (Nutrition Care Process and Terminology and the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Informatics Infrastructure), funding opportunities to support primary research (eg, Academy Foundation), resources to understand the latest research informing evidence-based practice (eg, Evidence Analysis Center), and avenues for sharing research findings (eg, Food & Nutrition Conference & Expo™). The aim of this article is to encourage Academy members to get involved in research by describing Academy-based research resources and opportunities to contribute to nutrition and dietetics research, as well as describe specific examples of research conducted at the Academy. The information presented can serve as a framework to guide members in engaging in research through the Academy.
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      Biography

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      C. Papoutsakis is senior director, Nutrition and Dietetics Data Science Center, Research, International and Scientific Affairs, Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Chicago, IL.

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      M. Rozga is a nutrition researcher II, Research, International and Scientific Affairs, Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Chicago, IL.

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      E. Y. Jimenez is director, Nutrition Research Network, Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Chicago, IL, and a research assistant professor, Departments of Pediatrics and Internal Medicine and College of Population Health, University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center, Albuquerque.