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The Roland L. Weinsier Award for Excellence in Medical/Dental Nutrition Education, Supported by the Dannon Institute, is presented in recognition of an outstanding career in medical and/or dental nutrition education. The results of the nominee's efforts should be widely recognized and have had a national or international impact. Nomination will depend on acknowledged excellence in nutrition teaching or nutrition education research that extends beyond the local institution and that includes innovations in medical/dental nutrition education.

The 2012 award recipient is Richard J. Schanler, MD, FAAP, FABM. Dr. Schanler serves as Associate Chairman in the Department of Pediatrics, and is Interim Director of Neonatal Services of the Cohen Children’s Medical Center of New York and the North Shore Long Island Jewish Health System. He also serves as Program Director for the Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine Fellowship Program. He is Professor of Pediatrics at Hofstra University School of Medicine. He was a former investigator at the Baylor College of Medicine Children's Nutrition Research Center in Houston. He did his training in Pediatrics at the University of Colorado and his Fellowship in Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine at Brown University. He is an elected member of the American Society for Nutrition, American Pediatric Society, and Society For Pediatric Research. He is a Founding Member and former President of the Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine, and Past President of the International Society for Research in Human Milk and Lactation. Dr Schanler is the current Chair of the American Academy of Pediatrics Section on Breastfeeding, and Senior Editor of the AAP/ACOG Breastfeeding Handbook for Physicians and currently he is working on its revision. Dr. Schanler has served as research mentor to many Fellows in Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine, as well as Pediatric Residents, and other medical professionals. For more than 2 decades, he has focused his research on the effects of human milk in premature infants. He has designed and studied human milk fortification to supplement the nutritional needs of the premature infant, parenteral nutrition strategies, and discharge nutrition planning. Along with his trainees, he has evaluated oral motor abilities of premature infants, human milk storage guidelines, novel approaches to processing human milk, and methods of feeding exclusive human milk diets to this high risk population. He lectures on neonatal nutrition around the world.

This award is administered by the American Society for Nutrition. The Dannon Institute provides a monetary award and inscribed plaque. The award is presented at the annual Experimental Biology meeting.

Applications can be requested from:

    The American Society for Nutrition
    9650 Rockville Pike
    Bethesda, MD 20814-3990
    Phone: 301/634-7050
    Fax: 301/634-7892

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