The Rhoads Lecture is the highest and most prestigious of A.S.P.E.N.’s annual awards. This honor recognizes Dr. Rhoads’ pivotal role in the field of nutrition support therapy. The lecturer is recognized internationally for major contributions to the field of nutrition support therapy and has demonstrated a career-long commitment to the improvement of the nutrition status of patients. Join A.S.P.E.N. to honor the distinguished 2011 Rhoads Lecturer, Olle Ljungqvist, MD.
Dr. Ljungqvist is a professor of surgery with a special interest in nutrition and metabolism. He has held several research positions including the Chairman of ESPEN, the Program Chairman for the Danish Research Council and the co-founder of the Enhanced Recovery After Surgery (ERAS) study group. Dr. Ljungqvist has more than110 original publications and numerous reviews and book chapters primarily emphasizing metabolism and surgical stress. His research career began with studies about the role of blood glucose levels for fluid balance and plasma refill in hemorrhagic stress in the 1980s. The findings of these studies led to the questioning of the overnight fasting routine from a nutritional and metabolic point of view.
The main focus of Dr. Ljungqvist’s research group throughout the last 10-15 years has led to his most recent interest in enhanced recovery after surgery programs. In these programs, the stress of surgery is minimized using various perioperative treatments, while at the same time selecting treatments that facilitate recovery of key bodily functions, such as gut function, to form treatment protocols that support rapid recovery after surgical operations. Don’t miss the Rhoads Research Lecture and Awards Ceremony featuring Dr. Ljungqvist’s presentation.
Professor of Surgery, Örebro University Hospital, Dept of Surgery, Affiliated Professor of Surgery,
Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden