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The Science of Botanical Supplements for Human Health:

A View from the NIH Botanical Research Centers




2007 Experimental Biology Annual Meeting*

Washington Convention Center, Room 150B

801 Mount Vernon Place

Washington, DC 20001


Date:Saturday, April 28, 2007
Time:2:00 - 5:30 p.m.
Sponsor:The NIH Office of Dietary Supplements
Co-sponsor:American Society of Nutrition, Research Interest Section—Bioactive Components
Chair:Connie M. Weaver, Ph.D., Purdue University and University of Alabama at Birmingham Botanical Research Center for Age-Related Diseases
Co-Chair:Diane Birt, Ph.D., Iowa State University and University of Iowa Botanical Center
Workshop Overview:Scientists from all six Botanical Research Centers funded by the Office of Dietary Supplements (ODS) and the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) will discuss a spectrum of research activities ranging from plant identification to clinical investigation. These investigators will share strategies used in standardizing botanicals as research materials, applying newer technologies to botanicals research, and assessing efficacy of botanical preparations in early phase clinical trials. The goal of the centers is to advance the scientific base of knowledge about botanicals, including issues of their safety, efficacy, and biological action.
*Registration Information:Registration at the 2007 Experimental Biology meetingexternal link icon is required for attendance at this workshop.



Workshop Agenda
2:00-2:05Introduction
2:05-2:25Concept of the Center Program—NIH Perspective

Christine Swanson, Ph.D., Office of Dietary Supplements (ODS)
2:25-2:45Standardization of Botanicals—Definition, Identification, Verification

Ilya Raskins, Ph.D., Pennington Biomedical Research Center for Botanical Dietary Supplements, Biotech Center, Cook College, Rutgers University
2:45-3:05A View from the NIH Botanicals Centers

Stephen Barnes, Ph.D., Purdue University and University of Alabama at Birmingham Botanical Research Center for Age-Related Diseases
3:05-3:25Metabolic Syndrome

William Cefalu, M.D., Pennington Biomedical Research Center for Botanical Dietary Supplements
3:25-3:45Echinacea and Hypericum in Infection

Diane Birt, Ph.D., Iowa State University and University of Iowa Botanical Center
3:45-4:05Age-Related Diseases

Connie Weaver, Ph.D., Purdue University and University of Alabama at Birmingham Botanical Research Center for Age-Related Diseases
4:05-4:25Botanical Lipids in Inflammation

Floyd Chilton, Ph.D., Wake Forest and Brigham and Women's Center for Botanical Lipids
4:25-4:45Botanical Immunomodulators in Cancer

Barrie Cassileth, Ph.D., MSKCC Research Center for Botanical Immunomodulators
4:45-5:05Women's Health

Norman Farnsworth, Ph.D., University of Illinois at Chicago: Center for Botanical Dietary Supplement Research in Women's Health
5:05-5:25Botanical Safety

Richard van Breemen, Ph.D., University of Illinois at Chicago: Center for Botanical Dietary Supplement Research in Women's Health