Sonja Connor elected president of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

March 26, 2013

Sonja ConnorThe Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics has elected Sonja L. Connor, M.S., RD, LD, associate professor of medicine, as its next president. Beginning June 1, she will serve one year as president-elect, a second year as president and a third year as past-president of the Academy.

“I am thrilled to have been elected president,” said Ms. Connor. “This important time in the dietetics profession requires a strong leader who understands the interconnectedness of nutrition science, food and society. My commitment to science and good food will continue to guide me as I lead efforts on education, sustainability and future practice.”

Affiliated with the Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes and Clinical Nutrition, Sonja is a registered dietician known for her ability to translate the science of nutrition into practical terms. Her research interests include healthy eating to prevent coronary heart disease and other chronic diseases; her group’s research on omega-3 fatty acids and the developing brain and retina set the stage for the addition of DHA to infant formula. She regularly teaches nutrition courses to medical and physician assistant students at OHSU and is a published cookbook author.

“Sonja will be a critical player on the national scene as we address health care reform, obesity-related issues and other nutrition policy initiatives. We’re fortunate to have her as part of our faculty and as an active contributor to making the greater Portland area a leader in health promotion and wellness,” said Diane Stadler, Ph.D., RD, assistant professor of medicine at OHSU.

The Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics (formerly the American Dietetic Association) was founded in 1917, and is the world's largest organization of food and nutrition professionals. The Academy is committed to improving the nation's health and advancing the profession of dietetics through research, education and advocacy. Approximately 72 percent of the Academy's nearly 74,000 members are registered dietitians (RDs) and 2 percent are dietetic technicians, registered (DTRs). Other Academy members include students, educators, researchers and international members. The Academy is led by a Board of Directors comprised of national leaders in food, nutrition and health.