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Anne L. Thurn, Ph.D., Director, ODS Communications Program

Anne L. Thurn, Ph.D., has served as director of the Office of Dietary Supplements (ODS) communications program since 2004. In this role, Dr. Thurn oversees development and dissemination of outreach materials and other activities, including the ODS website, that are designed to inform and educate the public, health care providers, and scientists about the benefits and risks of dietary supplements.

Dr. Thurn joined ODS in 2002 as the first director of the ODS Evidence-Based Review Program. As Director, Dr. Thurn lead ODS efforts to prioritize topics for evidence-based reviews with NIH institutes and Centers. Until 2009, she oversaw ODS-sponsored evidence reviews performed by the Agency for Healthcare Research Quality’s Evidence-Based Practice Center Program.

Prior to joining ODS, Dr. Thurn worked in several capacities for the NIH National Cancer Institute (NCI) from 1992 to 2001, including her last position at NCI as Director of the Cancer Information Products and Systems (CIPS) program. As CIPS Director she had responsibility for all activities and operations of the program, including the Cancer.gov website.

Dr. Thurn received her Ph.D. from the department of Anatomy and Cell Biology at Columbia University in New York. She completed a postdoctoral fellowship at Georgetown University in Washington, DC.