Alliance Founding Members
The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics is the world’s largest organization of food and nutrition professionals. The Academy is committed to improving the public’s health and advancing the profession of dietetics through research, education and advocacy.

The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics was founded as the American Dietetic Association in 1917 by a visionary group of women dedicated to helping the government conserve food and improve the public’s health and nutrition during World War I.

The American Dietetic Association officially changed its name in January 2012 to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. The Academy has approximately 76,000 members.

Meet our Clinician Representative for the Alliance

Dr. Kelly Tappenden

Dr. Kelly Tappenden
Kelly A. Tappenden, PhD, RD, is a Professor of Nutrition and Gastrointestinal Physiology and the Kraft Foods Human Nutrition Endowed Professor in the Division of Nutritional Services at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign (UIUC). Dr. Tappenden is also the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition.

After completing a post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Texas-Houston Medical School, she joined the faculty at UIUC in August 1997 as an Assistant Professor of Nutrition. She was promoted to Associate Professor in 2003 and Professor in 2008. Dr. Tappenden served as Associate Dean of the Graduate College from 2006-2009. In her role as Associate Dean of Graduate College, Dr. Tappenden provided strong leadership to academic programs, implemented innovative and interdisciplinary programs such as Professional Science Masters degrees, and studied "best practices" in graduate education as an investigator in the Council of Graduate Schools Ph.D. Completion Project.

Additionally, Dr. Tappenden served as the 33rd President of the American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition in 2008-2009. Dr. Tappenden received her B.S. and Ph.D. in Nutrition and Metabolism at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Canada.


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