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Spring 2024 Newsletter

Updated: Jun 24

Released Date: May 20, 2024

President’s Welcome

Hello! I’m excited and honored to serve as the newest GASPEN President and am looking forward to working alongside our new president-elect, Ashely DePriest, MS, RDN, LD, CNSC, FSSM, secretary-treasurer, Nathan Schober, MS, RD, CNSC, CET, and the rest of the GASPEN board. I would also like to thank our immediate past-president, Vivian Zhao, PharmD, BCNSP, FASPEN, for her dedication and commitment to GASPEN. We cannot thank her enough for all she has done during her term as president!


The GASPEN board has been hard at work planning our annual conference. Please save the date for Friday, September 13, 2024. The venue will be at the Emory Conference Center again this year. This conference will provide 4.5 hours of continuing education credits for dietitians, nurses, pharmacists, and physicians and registration will be open soon – stay tuned for additional details!


A big thank you to the entire GASPEN board for their ongoing efforts to make this annual conference a big success. It takes countless hours to plan, organize and execute a meeting of this caliber and I could not be more thankful for this amazing group of board members.


 Don’t forget, you can access all GASPEN-related information, such as newsletters and recorded past event presentations, from our website, You can also subscribe to the website to be automatically alerted of any new updates.


Thank you for being a GASPEN member!

Laura Costlow, MA, RD, LD, CNSC

GASPEN President



City of Hope Nutrition Support Team

The City of Hope Nutrition Support and Metabolic Support Service was one of  three clinical nutrition teams to receive the 2024 ASPEN’s Clinical Nutrition Team of Distinction Award. This award recognizes excellence in interdisciplinary clinical nutrition practice in institutions or agencies that provide nutrition support and have demonstrated the highest level of care to their patients. This is the second year in a row that a Georgia nutrition support team received this award. Congratulations to the City of Hope for your continued excellent patient care!

Alex Ivanov, PharmD, MS, RD, BCNSP, CNSC

Alex was appointed as the pharmacist member of the CNSC Exam Committee for a three -year term. His expertise and experience in nutrition support make him a valuable member of the exam committee. Congratulations, Alex!

Alison Evans, RD, LD, CNSC

Alison was appointed as Chair Elect of the ASPEN International Clinical Ethics Section and as a leader on the ASPEN Professional Development Committee. Alison’s appointment underscores her passion and commitment to ethical issues in nutrition support. Congratulations Alison!

Adina Hirsch, PharmD, BCNSP, FASPEN

Adina was appointed as the chair of ASPEN’s Pharmacy Practice Section Membership Subcommittee.

ASPEN24 Nutrition Science and Practice Conference Presenters

Once again, GASPEN board members were well represented at ASPEN. Congratulations to our GASPEN members who presented at the ASPEN24 conference in Tampa!

Vivian Zhao and Rachel Leong: Poster Presentation: Sodium Citrate Lock Therapy in Reducing Catheter‐Related Bloodstream Infection in Adult Home Parenteral Nutrition Patients

Rachel Leong: Poster Presentation: Malnutrition‐Associated Acute Hepatic Steatosis and Hyperammonemia in a Liver Transplant Recipient – Rescued and Reversed With Nutrition Support Therapy

Alison Evans: Poster Presentation: PN-Associated Metabolic Bone Disease: Are There Practice Gaps in Calcium Dosing to Minimize Risk?

Alison Evans: Session Presentation: Parenteral Nutrition at the End of Life: Palliative Care Cases in Real Time

Alison Evans: Round Table Discussion: Patients on Parenteral Nutrition Transitioning to Home Hospice:  A Focus on Ethical Principles.

Ashley DePriest: Session Presentation: Resolving Enteral Nutrition Challenges in Critically Ill Patients: A Case Based Approach; Round Table Discussion: Social Media for the Nutrition Support Professional. 

GASPEN Newsletter - Spring 2024 Final
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