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Barnes receives Harry M. Vars Research Award

Published February 16, 2012
Jennifer Barnes, a doctoral student in the University of Illinois Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition, has received the 2012 Harry M. Vars Research Award from the American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition (ASPEN) for her work in producing therapies for use in pediatric intestinal failure.

Barnes was presented the award for her work on the paper "Intestinal Adaptation Is Stimulated by Partial Enteral Nutrition Supplemented with the Prebiotic Short-Chain Fructooligosaccharide in a Neonatal Intestinal Failure Piglet Model," which will be published in an upcoming issue of the Journal of Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition.

She grew up in Joliet, Ill., and graduated from the University of Illinois dietetics program in 2008. She joined Kelly Tappenden's laboratory at the U of I for her graduate studies and expects to complete her Ph.D. and dietetic internship in 2013. She is a Ruth L. Kirschstein Fellow and has recently received an American Society for Nutrition predoctoral fellowship and the Robinson Nutrition Impact Award through the U of I's Division of Nutritional Sciences.

"The Vars award is a highly respected honor," said Debra S. BenAvram, ASPEN chief executive officer. "We are pleased to honor Jennifer Barnes with this award for her hard work and dedication to advancing clinical nutrition and metabolism. The future of our field depends upon emerging investigators like Ms. Barnes to tackle difficult questions through basic science or clinical research."