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Message from the Director

Photo of ODS Director Paul M. Coates

Paul M. Coates, Ph.D.

Dr. Coates has served as the Director of ODS since 1999.

The Office of Dietary Supplements (ODS) is an active office within the National Institutes of Health (NIH). At nearly 20 years of age, it has been the focus of considerable interest from many stakeholders. ODS is committed to promoting good science to inform public health policy and to help consumers make informed decisions about their own health care. From time to time, ODS submits itself to public scrutiny, describes the outcomes of its investments, and offers an opportunity for the public to provide input into its plans.

The Strategic Plan 2010–2014 Progress Report describes what ODS is currently doing to meet its legislative mandates, achieve its mission and the goals of its strategic plan, and enhance the health of the public. It provides details on each ODS program and activity between 2010 and 2014. The appendix provides a table that maps each ODS effort to its corresponding strategic plan goal and strategy. Lists of the publications and presentations by ODS staff members are available on the ODS website.

ODS needs and welcomes input from others, such as yourself, to inform its decisions about future investments. We invite your comments as we develop a strategic plan for 2015–2019. Interested individuals and organizations should submit their comments to by midnight, March 6, 2015.

Paul M. Coates, Ph.D.
Director, Office of Dietary Supplements
National Institutes of Health

For further information contact: Anne L. Thurn, Ph.D., Office of Dietary Supplements, National Institutes of Health, 6100 Executive Boulevard, Room 3B01, Bethesda, MD 20892-7517, Phone: 301-435-2920, Fax: 301-480-1845, E-mail: