The American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition (ASPEN) is dedicated to improving patient care by advancing the science and practice of clinical nutrition and metabolism. Parenteral (intravenous) nutrition, an innovative therapy to nourish individuals during illness and starvation, was developed in 1968. In 1975, 35 healthcare professionals met in Chicago to create an interdisciplinary association for the purpose of providing optimal nutrition to all people under all conditions at all times.
Today, ASPEN is a community of more than 6,500 dietitians, nurses, pharmacists, physicians, scientists, students, and other health professionals from every facet of nutrition support, clinical practice, research, and education. This month’s featured Editorial Review Group Chair, Dr. Robert Kushner, is a past president of ASPEN.
The society began publishing a scientific journal in 1977, the Journal of Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition, and a clinical practice journal in 1986, Nutrition in Clinical Practice. It also publishes books and recently became one of our participating publishers. So far, we have received three of its titles, all of which have been reviewed.