The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics believes that research is the foundation of the profession providing the basis for practice, education and policy. Dietetic professionals are responsible for incorporating research into all areas of practice. Both the Code of Ethics and Standards of Professional Practice identify the roles of dietetic professionals in research.
Dietetics is the integration and application of principles derived from the sciences of nutrition, biochemistry, physiology, food management and behavioral and social sciences to achieve and maintain people's health. Therefore, dietetics research is a dynamic collaborative and assimilative endeavor with research broad in scope — ranging from basic to applied practice research.
The Academy uses research as the basis of decisions, policy and communication in a variety of roles. These include internal organizational roles related to research such as advocating, facilitating, convening, funding, disseminating and educating its members — often accomplishing these roles collaboratively with other scientists and organizations.