November 2012

Dear IDN Members,


Over the past few years, the Infectious Diseases Nutrition (IDN) DPG has continued to see a downward trend in membership numbers.  Earlier this year a discussion was held with the Academy about the future of IDN as a DPG, leading the IDN Executive Committee to approach the Medical Nutrition Practice Group (MNPG) DPG about creating an IDN sub-unit within MNPG beginning with fiscal year 2013-14.  MNPG has agreed to the creation of this sub-unit.  A recommendation was submitted to the Academy’s Board of Directors (BOD) to approve the dissolution of IDN as a DPG and to approve the merger of IDN with MNPG as a sub-unit effective June 1, 2013.  On October 10, 2012, the BOD approved these recommendations. 


The Executive Committee of IDN is therefore announcing that effective June 1, 2013, IDN will no longer operate as a DPG, however the practice area will be represented as a sub-unit of MNPG.  This new relationship will allow IDN to more effectively focus our efforts on benefits to members, including communication, educational activities and networking.  Keiy Murofushi, IDN’s current chair elect, will serve as the chair of the new sub-unit. 


Your 2013-14 Academy membership renewal form will indicate that MNPG includes IDN.  The Academy will transfer your membership from IDN to MNPG ( DPG #27) for  FY 2013-14.   We encourage you to join MNPG for continued involvement in the IDN sub-unit, as well as the new benefits that membership in MNPG will include.  Dues for MNPG will be the same amount ($25) as they were for IDN.


The IDN Executive Committee looks forward to our continued working relationship under MNPG.  If you have any questions please contact either me at or Keiy Murofushi at

Thank you,
Linnea Matulat, IDN DPG Chair 2012-2013


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Our Mission

The Infectious Diseases Nutrition DPG is the advocate of the dietetics profession serving the public through the promotion of optimal nutrition, health and well being. The Infectious Diseases Nutrition DPG enables members of the Academy Of Nutrition & Dietetics (formerly the American Dietetic Association) to network and share information, collaborate, and advocate in order to positively impact people affected with infectious diseases.

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Benefits of Membership

To join the IDN DPG, you must be a member of the Academy Of Nutrition & Dietetics (ADA). Click here for the Online Enrollment Form on the Academy web site. Or call Academy Accounting at 800-877-1600, ext. 5000. Your annual dues give you the following membership benefits:
  • Positive Communication undefined Peer-reviewed quarterly newsletter (ISSN# 1096-7370) providing current information on treatments, research, and resources concerning HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis C, and other infectious diseases, and their impact on nutrition. Members can view and download previous versions online.
  • DPG Reception at FNCE
  • Discounted registration for NIAC Conferences
  • Members-Only area of Website undefined Requires password access, contains a full menu of special online features such as:
  • Electronic Mailing Listserv undefined Provides an online forum for IDN DPG members to share information, opinions, and ideas with fellow members.
  • Online Membership Roster undefined Accessible to IDN DPG members only.

  • Past issues of Positive Communication -- Accesible to IDN DPG members only

  • Access to shared member-created resources such as slide presentations.

Non-ADA members can become a Friend of the DPG for $50/year. Email Alan Lee at for more information and a membership application. 

Our Goals

  • To support and expand a network of dietetics professionals that share information and experiences on the nutritional management of HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis B & C and other infectious diseases.
  • To create and disseminate a comprehensive quarterly publication that provides nutrition information to members, allied health professionals and primary care providers in the field of Infectious Diseases management through a variety of communication channels.
  • To inform members of current research in infectious diseases nutrition and to provide support for their participation in research projects through networking.
  • To advocate through public policy and education for the integration of nutrition into HIV disease management.

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