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2015 Samuel J. Fomon Young Physican Award Winner Announced

Posted:  Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Through an endowment from the Nestlé Nutrition Institute to the American Society for Nutrition (ASN), The Samuel J. Fomon Award for Young Physician was established in 2011.

This award is given to a young physician for outstanding work in the general area of pediatric nutrition; in particular, in infant nutrition, infant growth or body composition. As the award honors Dr. Fomon, preclinical or clinical research that contributes to medical applications or produces impact upon the practice of infant feeding is recognized.

According to Dr. Ryan Carvalho,Vice President, Medical and Scientific Affairs, “We believe it is important to encourage young physicians to continue research in the area of pediatric nutrition. We are pleased that along with ASN, we can acknowledge the recipient of this honorable award: Dr. Xiang Gao, Associate Professor of Nutrition at Penn State University for his important contribution to this area.”

Dr. Gao graduated from Shanghai Second Medical University in 1994, Chinese Academy of Medical Science & Peking Union Medical College in 2001, and Tufts University in 2005. After graduation, he completed post-doctoral training at Harvard University School of Public Health.

The selection committee states: “It is impressive that while Dr. Gao completed his postdoctoral training approximately 5 years ago, he has published more than 100 peer-reviewed publications. He has been recognized for the quality of his work by being asked to serve as a reviewer for several scientific foundations, including grant reviews at NIH Review Panels and the Department of Veterans Affairs, and for many medical and nutrition Journals, including JAMA and Annals Internal Medicine. Furthermore, he has been asked to serve on several influential national committees, including the Institute of Medicine. Dr. Gao is making important scientific contributions to general medicine, nutrition, epidemiology and infant growth and development. The significance of his work has been recognized by the scientific community and his research will continue to provide important solutions for public health and nutrition challenges.”

The Samuel J. Fomon Award will be presented to Dr. Xiang Gao at the American Society for Nutrition Awards Ceremony March 29, 2015 in Boston, MA