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ILSI NORTH AMERICA FUTURE LEADER​ AWARD  

The ILSI North America Future Leader Award, given annually to promising nutrition and food scientists, allows new investigators the opportunity to add to an existing project or to conduct exploratory research that might not receive funding from other sources or add to an existing project. Consideration will be given to individuals proposing research in the areas of experimental nutrition, nutrition and toxicology, and nutrition and food science. Grants extend for a period of 2 years at a funding level of $15,000 USD per year. Funds may not be used for overhead or to support the investigator's salary. The 2017 award recipients will be selected in late 2016, with funding to begin by early 2017. The submission deadline for the 2017 award is 17 June 2016.  For more information, please contact Courtney Kelly McComber at cmccomber@ilsi.org​ or click here: 2017 Future Leader Announcement.pdf. 

​Future Leader Award Recipients 

2016
Benjamin Willing, PhD
University of Alberta
"Demonstrating the causal beneficial role of microbes in diet-microbe-host interactions in metabolic disease"

Katherine Bauer, PhD, MS
University of Michigan School of Public Health
"Exploring Nutritional and Metabolomic Pathways Linking Chronic Stress and Childhood Obesity"

2015
Ryan Dilger, PhD
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
“Perinatal choline status and cognitive functions”
 
Sam Nugen, PhD
University of Massachusetts, Amherst
“Bacteriophage engineering for rapid pathogen detection”
 
2014
Jason Locasale, PhD 
Cornell University
"Quantitative modeling for biomarker assessment of carbohydrate metabolism"
 
Tiffany Weir, PhD
Colorado State University
"Identifying genomic and microbiome influence on response to dietary interventions for improved lipid parameters"
 
2013
Julie Gohlke, PhD
University of Alabama at Birmingham
"Nutrition-toxicity interactions in Daphnia pulex, developing an alternative model organism for early life exposures"

Joann McDermid, PhD
Cornell University
"Forging an understanding of the double-edged iron sword and immunity"

BABCOCK-HART AWARD 

The Babcock-Hart Award is given to an individual who has made distinguished contributions to food technology resulting in improved public health through some aspect of nutrition or development of more nutritious foods. The winner receives a check for $3,000 USD, which is presented at the annual meeting of the Institute of Food Technologists (www.ift.org). For more information, please contact ​Courtney Kelly McComber at cmccomber@ilsi.org​​​.

Recipients
2016
Edward Hirschberg, Innovative Foods, Inc.
 
2015
David McClements,  PhD, University of Massachusetts

2014

Fereidoon Shahidi, Ph.D, Memorial University

2013
Richard Mattes, MPH, PhD, RD, Purdue University and Indiana University School of Medicine
 
2012
Richard Black, PhD, Kraft Foods Global 

MARY SWARTZ ROSE MEMORIAL ​GRADUATE AWARD

The Mary Swartz Rose Memorial Graduate Award is given to a promising graduate student working toward a doctorate in dietetics. Although ILSI North America provides the funding ($2,500 USD), the award is administered by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetice (www.eatright.org). For more information, please contact Courtney Kelly McComber at cmccomber@ilsi.org​​​.
 
Recipients
2016
​Zeynep Madad-Erdogan, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

2015
Giuliana Noratto, Washington State University

2014
YuanYuan Li, University of Alabama at Birmingham
 
2013
Hang Xiao, University of Massachusetts – Amherst
 
2012
Katie Smith, Iowa State University, Ames

OSBORNE AND MENDEL AWARD 

The Osborne and Mendel Award is administered by the American Society for Nutrition (www.nutrition.org). This award is given in recognition of recent outstanding basic research accomplishments in the field of nutrition. The winner receives a check for $2,500 USD and an engraved plaque. For more information, please contact ​​Courtney Kelly McComber at ​​cmccomber@ilsi.org​.
 
Recipients
2016
Richard Eisenstein, University of Wisconsin ​

2015
Nikhil Dhurandhar, Texas Tech University

2014
Patrick Stover, PhD, Cornell University
 
2013
Robert Chapkin, PhD, Texas A&M University​​​
 
2012 
Margherita Cantorna, PhD Pennsylvania State University
 
MOVERS AND SHAKERS AWARD

The Movers and Shakers Award is given to ILSI North America members who consistently play key roles in bringing programs and projects of the organization to completion. Members receive a plaque and recognition at the ILSI North America Annual Meeting. For more information, please contact Courtney Kelly McComber at cmccomber@ilsi.org.
 
Recipients
2016
Paul Hanlon, PhD, Abbott Nutrition
Kristin Rubin, PhD, Kraft Heinz Company

2015
Sharon Weiss, ILSI North America

2014
Dan Skyrpec, PhD, Mondelez International
Jean Anderson, PhD, General Mills Inc.

2013
Doug Balentine, PhD, Unilever
Doris Tancredi, PhD, Mondelez

2012
Margaret Leahy, PhD, The Coca-Cola Company
Les Smoot, Nestlé USA