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National Research Award for Penn Nursing Professor

Tanja Kral, PhD, Associate Professor of Nutrition Science in the Department of Biobehavioral Health Sciences, will be awarded the Alan Epstein Research Award from the Society for the Study of Ingestive Behavior (SSIB). The award is given to a SSIB member in recognition of a discovery that advances the understanding of ingestive behavior.

SSIB is the leading society committed to advancing scientific research on food and fluid intake and its associated biological, psychological, and social processes. The award honors the memory of University of Pennsylvania Professor of Biology, Alan Epstein, who was a pioneer in the study of the neural and endocrine controls of ingestive behavior. It was established by his family and is given to a scientist who is less than 15 years from their most advanced degree.

“I am greatly humbled and honored to be receiving this prestigious award,” said Kral. “I would like to offer my sincerest gratitude to SSIB for this honor and for the recognition of my work on identifying behavioral phenotypes for childhood obesity.”

Kral will receive the award at SSIB’s annual meeting in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, this summer, where she has been invited to speak at the awards ceremony.