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May 14, 2007
University of Nevada School of Medicine professor Sachiko St. Jeor, was nationally recognized for her work in medical nutrition education recently at the American Society of Nutrition's annual Experimental Biology Meetings in Washington, D.C.
St. Jeor, who is chief of the medical nutrition division, was honored by her peers with the Roland Weinsier Award for Excellence in Medical/Dental Nutrition Education.
The award, which was first granted in 1991, is presented to individuals whose efforts in medical/dental nutrition are widely recognized and have a national or international impact in their field of study.
Award recipients must demonstrate excellence in nutrition teaching or nutrition education research that extends beyond their local institution and includes innovations in medical/dental education.
"I am thrilled to be honored with such an award by the American Society of Nutrition," St. Jeor said. "The award is a testament to the cumulative achievements of our entire Division of Medical Nutrition."
The medical nutrition division is part of the School of Medicine's Department of Internal Medicine. The division is responsible for introducing innovations in nutrition curriculum to the School of Medicine and houses the Center for Nutrition and Metabolic Disorders. The first of such innovations began in 1983 when the division was awarded a grant from the National Fund for Medical Education.
That grant was followed by three, five-year nutrition education and research grants from the National Institutes of Health. The division has also received several clinical research grants from the NIH which have been integrated into the School of Medicine's curriculum.
All undergraduate medical students are now required to take a medical nutrition course as first-year students and second through fourth year medical students are required to complete the Special Qualifications in Nutrition Program each year. Electives and lectures regarding nutrition have been integrated into other required courses and activities for medical students, residents, and fellows.
"The Division of Medical Nutrition has enjoyed much success over the years," said St. Jeor. "It is truly a team effort and we look forward to continuing our work demonstrating the importance that nutrition plays in healthcare."