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ODS Update - January 2009 Summary

ODS Update

The e-newsletter of the Office of Dietary Supplements (ODS)

January 2009

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News You Can Use

Request for Applications (RFA) Now Available for the Botanical Research Centers Program
Academic research institutions are invited to submit proposals for 5-year awards (2010-2014) funded by ODS and NCCAM to study botanicals in a collaborative and interdisciplinary fashion. Full Story

Other New Funding Opportunities for Research
ODS has signed onto seven funding initiatives across NIH through the mechanisms of RFAs and Program Announcements (PAs). Full Story

ODS-Funded Study Finds Ginkgo Ineffective in Reducing Development of Dementia in the Elderly
This widely reported study was published in the November 19, 2008 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association. Study details and results were also provided in an NIH news release. Full Story

ODS Programs and Activities

ODS Welcomes Input to its Strategic Planning for 2010-2014 via Webinar
Use your computer and telephone to participate in a virtual meeting to hear and provide public comments. Four Webinars will be held weekly, beginning January 29, 2009. Full Story

Dietary Supplement Element Methodology Workshop, March 23-24, 2009
This workshop is sponsored by ODS Analytical Methods and Reference Materials Program. Registration is limited. Full Story

ODS to Host 3rd Annual Dietary Supplement Research Practicum
Academic faculty and doctoral students, save these dates: June 1-5, 2009. Full Story

ODS Staff News

Recent ODS Staff Publications

Ann C. Looker, Christine M. Pfeiffer, David A. Lacher, Rosemary L. Schleicher, Mary Frances Picciano, and Elizabeth A. Yetley. Serum 25-hydroxyvitamin D status of the US population: 1988-1994 compared with 2000-2004. American Journal of Clinical Nutrition 88(6):1519-1527, December 2008.

Upcoming Events
(January - March 2009)

Scripps — Natural Supplements: An Evidence-Based Update
January 22-25, 2009: Paradise Point Resort, San Diego, CA

Rebecca Costello will co-present a workshop titled Dietary Supplement Resources: Answering Questions at the Point of Care on Saturday, January 24. Paul Coates will present a session titled The Future of Dietary Supplement Research — Answering Important Questions on Sunday, January 25. ODS will also have an exhibit booth at this conference.

American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition
February 1-4, 2009: New Orleans, LA

Mary Frances Picciano will give a presentation titled Folate: Its Role in Health and Disease during Clinical Nutrition Week 2009.

Southern Society for Clinical Investigation
February 12-14, 2009: New Orleans, LA

Rebecca Costello will give a presentation titled Vitamin D and Health in the 21st Century: An Update.

Natural Health Products Research Society "Gateway to Wellness"
February 18-21, 2009: Vancouver, British Columbia

Joseph Betz will give a presentation titled Analytical Methods and Challenges in Toxicology/Safety Monitoring Programs and will present an ODS poster, National Institutes of Health, Dietary Supplement Methods and Reference Materials Program, Accomplishments and Future Directions. ODS will also have an exhibit booth at this conference.

Integrative Healthcare Symposium
February 19-21, 2009: New York, NY

Mary Frances Picciano will give an invited talk titled Vitamin D in Health and Disease on Thursday, February 19.

Nutrition and Cancer Prevention Research Practicum
March 16-20, 2009: Rockville, MD

ODS staff will speak at this practicum sponsored by the Nutritional Science Research Group, Division of Cancer Prevention, NCI and the Department of Nutrition, NIH Clinical Center. Dr. Picciano will give a presentation titled Folate and Cancer Prevention on March 16. Dr. Dwyer will give a talk on Flavonoids on March 16. Dr. Coates will give a presentation titled The Role of Evidence-Based Reviews for Nutrition Topics: The ODS Experience on March 20.

Champlain Valley Physicians Hospital Medical Center
March 27, 2009: Plattsburgh, NY

Mary Frances Picciano will deliver Grand Rounds on Dietary Supplement Use in the United States.

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