This week’s blog post features Mark Kern, PhD, RD, CSSD Professor of Exercise and Nutritional Sciences at San Diego State University. His presentation is titled: “The Body of Evidence: Evaluating Research to Enhance and Sustain your Practice.” This presentation will describe the importance of evaluating various kinds of research studies including cell culture, animal studies, descriptive epidemiology, analytic epidemiology, and clinical human trials with an emphasis on using all kinds of research to evaluate the total body of the evidence. Four studies in various research categories will be used as teaching examples. One study will be from each of SCAN's 4 signature areas: sports, cardiovascular health, wellness and disordered eating/eating disorders. Strengths and limitations of each study will be highlighted as will the importance using the scientific literature as the basis for enhancing the practice of dietetics.