Career Achievement Award

ESPEN awards professionals, preferably newly retired, who has been particularly successful to improve clinical nutritional practice with the ESPEN Career Achievement Award. This Award is given to a person who, during the course if her/his career, has made major contributions to markedly improve the clinical practice. The contribution can be internationally recognized, or of particular importance at the national level or both. The contributions can be multiple, multi facetted but must have made major impact for improving clinical practice in nutritional care. This award is not primarily to be given to award novel research findings, but rather actions or improvements of the use of proper nutritional care. Examples of actions or achievements that could merit for this award could be (but not by any means limited to) actions such as for instance developing educational material, implementation tools, systems for recognition of need for nutritional care, developing national strategies in nutritional care or building successful national societies etc. First Career Achievement Award was presented in 2010 at the ESPEN General Assembly at the Nice Congress.

These exceptional members are:

Professor Mette HOLST        Denmark 2018
Professor Regina KOMSA Bulgaria    2017
Professor Ibolya NYULASI  Australia 2016
Professor John SHAFFER United Kingdom 2015
Professor Merce PLANAS Spain 2014
Professor Mois BAHAR Turkey 2013
Professor Lubos SOBOTKA Czech Republic 2011
Professor Pat HOWARD United Kingdom 2010







The Award is decided upon by the ESPEN Executive Committee, but nominations of Awardees can be made by ESPEN members to the General Secretary with an appropriate motivation and a CV of the Nominee.





Mette Holst

Contact e-mail:

Head of Clinical Nutrition Research, MCN, Phd.
Center for Nutrition and Bowel Disease, CET.
Department of Gastroenterology, Aalborg University Hospital

Associate Professor
Department of Clinical Medicine; Medical Study and Public Health Study
Aalborg University

Main degrees
PhD. Title:”Undernutrition in Hospitals: An evaluation of Risk Factors Concerning the Nutritional Care Process”. 2010
MCN (Master degree in Clinical Nursing), Aarhus University, June 2007
National Health Service Management Diploma (Bachelor)
Registered Nurse; Postgraduate education, specialization:
Critical Care Nurse Education 1998-2000
“Scandinavian Nutrition Academy Diploma”, Karolinska University, Huddinge, Sweden, 2003-2006

Primary actual Clinical Research and work:
Applied research with focus on clinical nutrition, physical activity, weight maintain in cancer patients.
Methods: Quantitative and qualitative methods
Supervisor for Phd students and master degree students considering nutrition throughout disease
Experienced research project manager

35 peer reviewed publications 4 Publiched guidelinies with The Danish National Board of Health 16 non peer reviewed publications and book chapters

Main boards and working groups:
ESPEN; Special Interest Group "Acute Intestinal Failure"
Board member of the Danish Society for Clinical Nutrition (DSKE)
The Regional Nutrition Committee of North Jutland
Nutrition Committee of Aalborg University Hospital
Supervisor at Nordic Nutrition Academy
Steering committee member and chairman of the education and practice committee for ESPEN (European Society for Clinical Nutrition and Metabolism) 2016 local organization
Earlier ESPEN: ECP-Committee member





Regina Komsa-Penkova, PhD, DSc, Professor of Biochemistry, Head of Department of Biochemistry, Medical Faculty, Medical University Pleven,  Bulgaria


  • Graduated from Vilnius State University, Lithuania
  • Specialty Biochemistry, Medical University Pleven, Bulgaria


  • Initiator and coordinator of an EU project for the development of the LLL program in Clinical Nutrition and Metabolism. Designer and co-founder of the ESPEN LLL program (2003-2005)
  • Co-director of the ESPEN LLL Program for ContinuousMedical Education of Physicians and HealthProfessionals in Clinical Nutrition (
  • Initiator and coordinator of the EU project « Teach the teacher » for the development of the TLLL course in Clinical Nutrition and Metabolism (2005-2007)

Other Appointments & Honours

  • Head of International Relations of the MedicalUniversity Pleven (1999-2009)
  • Initiator and coordinator of four EU projects in the field of Molecular and Medical Biosciences (1999-2009). Three of themwerenominated as Projects of Excellence
  • Among the first National experts of ECTS in medical curricula
  • Vice-Dean of MedicalFacultyat MU Pleven (2009-2013)
  • Vice-chairman of BULSPEN
  • Editorial advisoryboard of Clinical Nutrition and Metabolism
  • Editorial advisoryboard of Nutrition

Current research

  • Role of genetic and non-genetic risk factors in the pathogenesis of thrombotic events in patients with venous thromboembolism and arterial thrombosis
  • Impact of inherited thrombophilia and life style onreproductive problem
  • Changes in the nanomechanical characteristics of platelets and platelet microparticles  in patients with thrombosis
  • Life style, nutrition and drug abuse.

Web for science informations

  • Sum of publications: 139
  • Sum of the Times Cited :401
  • h-index : 12