Alice H. Lichtenstein, Distinguished Nutritional Scientist, presents the 2022 ARS Atwater Memorial Lecture: USDA ARS

Alice H. Lichtenstein, Distinguished Nutritional Scientist, presents the 2022 ARS Atwater Memorial Lecture

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WASHINGTON, June 15, 2022 — “Information/Misinformation on nutrition: who is right? Who decides?” is the title of Alice H. Lichtenstein’s 2022 Agricultural Research Service WO Atwater Memorial Lecture, presented virtually today at 10 a.m. at Nutrition 2022, the annual meeting of the American Society of Nutrition.

“Food and nutrition information reaches the public from many sources and in many forms. hampered public health efforts to improve diet quality Our challenge is to come together to engage in productive discussions about how best to communicate the most accurate and timely food and nutrition information available, which will lead ultimately to better overall food quality for all,” Lichtenstein said.

Lichtenstein is renowned for her groundbreaking research on the interaction between diet, particularly fats and oils, and risk factors for cardiovascular disease. His lab was among the first to document the adverse effects of partially hydrogenated hydrogenation (trans) fat on blood lipids. This work helped lay the foundation for the labeling and subsequent banning of partially hydrogenated fats by the United States Food and Drug Administration.

She currently holds the Stanley N. Gershoff Professorship in Nutrition Science and Policy at the Friedman School of Tufts University. She is also Professor of Medicine at Tufts Medical Center and Director of the Cardiovascular Nutrition Laboratory and Senior Scientist at the Jean Mayer USDA Center for Human Nutrition Research on Aging.

Over the years, his research group has focused on food and health issues related to trans fatty acids, soy proteins and isoflavones, sterol/stanol esters, new vegetable oils with different fatty acid profile and glycemic index, mainly in the elderly.

Alice H. Lichtenstein is the 2022 WO Atwater Memorial Speaker.

His recent work has focused on population-based studies to assess the relationships between biomarkers of food intake and risk factors for cardiovascular disease, and the impact of taste perception on food choices and quality of eating. food.

As a highly respected scientist, she has consistently pushed beyond the confines of her lab to bridge the gap between nutritional science and public policy.

For four years, Lichtenstein chaired the public policy committee of the American Society for Nutrition. In addition, she currently serves on the Standing Committee on Evidence Synthesis and Communications on Diet and Chronic Disease Relationships, the Standing Committee for the Dietary Reference Intakes Framework Review, and the Food Council. and Nutrition of the National Academies Division of Health and Medicine. of Science, Engineering and Medicine, and previously served on the Council’s Macronutrient Panel, which helped establish the values ​​used for the Nutrition Facts label now required on all packaged foods and beverages.

Among his many honors and awards are the Conrad A. Elvehjem Award for Public Service in Nutrition, American Society for Nutrition; Hans Fisher Lecture, Department of Nutritional Sciences, Rutgers University; Levy Lecture, American Heart Association; Award for Excellence in Dietetic Guidance, Food and Nutrition Section, American Public Health Association; and 2006 Shape Magazine, one of the ten “women who shaped the world”.

The WO Atwater Memorial Lecture was established by ARS in 1968 to honor the memory of Wilbur Olin Atwater (1844-1907) and to recognize scientists who have made unique contributions to improving food and nutrition people from all over the world. Atwater, considered the father of modern nutrition research and education, was the first head of nutrition surveys for the United States Department of Agriculture. For more information on the WO Atwater lecture, visit

The Agricultural Research Service is the principal internal scientific research agency of the United States Department of Agriculture. Daily, ARS focuses on solutions to agricultural problems affecting America. Every dollar invested in agricultural research translates into $17 of economic impact.

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