Friday, February 18, 2022

Spotlight on Penny M. Kris-Etherton, recipient of the 2022 Supelco AOCS Research Award

We are delighted to announce that Dr. Penny M. Kris-Etherton is the recipient of the 2022 Supelco AOCS Research Award. The Supelco AOCS Research Award recognizes outstanding, original research in fats, oils, lipid chemistry or biochemistry. Sponsored by MilliporeSigma. Get to know Dr. Kris-Etherton better in this Q&A!

Penny M. Kris-Etherton

Penny M. Kris-Etherton

Dr. Penny M. Kris-Etherton is the Evan Pugh University Professor of Nutritional Sciences in the Department of Nutritional Sciences at The Pennsylvania State University where she has served on the faculty since 1979. She earned her B.S. from the Rochester Institute of Technology, M.S. from Case Western Reserve University and Ph.D. from University of Minnesota.

Her clinical nutrition research focuses on understanding the effect of diet on cardiovascular disease (CVD) risk factors. Dr. Kris-Etherton has served on committees that have issued dietary guidelines (the 2005 Dietary Guidelines for Americans Advisory Committee and the 2002 National Academies Dietary Reference Intakes for Energy, Macronutrients and Cholesterol). She served on the 2nd Adult Treatment Panel of the National Cholesterol Education Program.

Dr. Kris-Etherton has co-authored numerous American Heart Association (AHA) Scientific Statements and Advisories that have made lifestyle recommendations for the prevention and treatment of CVD. She also co-authored the National Lipid Association’s recommendations for Patient-Centered Management of Dyslipidemia. In addition, she served on the American College of Cardiology Expert Consensus Decision Panel that published a paper on the management of ASCVD risk reduction in patients with persistent hypertriglyceridemia.

Dr. Kris-Etherton is a former chair of both the AHA Council on Lifestyle and Cardiometabolic Health and the AHA Nutrition Committee. She is a Fellow of the AHA, the National Lipid Association (where she was president) and the American Society for Nutrition. She has published over 420 papers and has received numerous awards from the American Society for Nutrition, AOCS, Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, International Nut & Dried Fruit Council and National Lipid Association for her scientific contributions.

In 2014, she received the AOCS Ralph Holman Lifetime Achievement Award.

Can you tell us about your current research?

Ongoing studies in my lab are being conducted to understand the role of dietary patterns and components of dietary patterns on established and emerging CVD risk factors. We are studying diet — induced changes in the microbiome and how these changes modulate CVD risk factors.

What was your reaction when you learned you had won the award

I was so surprised and very elated to learn that I had won the 2022 AOCS Supelco Award. It is a wonderful honor to be recognized by my AOCS colleagues as the recipient of this award. A special thank you goes to Gary List for nominating me.

How has AOCS helped develop your career?

AOCS has provided an important venue for networking and creating opportunities for many great collaborations over the years.

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