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ODS Marks Its 25th Anniversary

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The Office of Dietary Supplements was established November 1995 in the NIH Office of the Director with the congressionally mandated purposes "to promote scientific study of the benefits of dietary supplements in maintaining health and preventing chronic disease and other health-related conditions" and "to explore more fully the potential role of dietary supplements...to improve health care." Now, 25 years later, ODS will take time over the next 10-12 months to mark and showcase its contributions to the science of dietary supplements and highlight the office’s accomplishments and achievements.

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Mark your calendars! October 25 & 26, 2021, ODS will hold a symposium featuring talks by experts in the field of dietary supplement science. The ODS 25th Anniversary Calendar of Events, found below, will be updated as more information about the symposium and other events becomes available.

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NIH ODS 25th Anniversary 2021 Calendar of Events

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January 2021

  • Jan.13 (11 a.m. - Noon ET): ODS Seminar: “Curcumin Effects on Behavioral Resilience,” presented by Nesha Burghardt, Ph.D., Hunter College of the City University of New York, New York, NY. The ODS Seminar Series is available by webinar only. Contact ODS to receive viewing information: ODS@nih.gov
     
  • Jan. 27 (11 a.m. - Noon ET): ODS Seminar: “Vitamin D and Chronic Disease,” presented by Anastasios Pittas, M.D., Tufts Medical Center, Boston, MA. The ODS Seminar Series is available by webinar only. Contact ODS to receive viewing information: ODS@nih.gov

February 2021

  • Feb. 17 (11 a.m. - Noon ET): ODS Seminar: “Uric Acid Metabolism and Purines in Diet and Dietary Supplements,” presented by Stephen P. Juraschek, M.D., Ph.D., Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston, MA. The ODS Seminar Series is available by webinar only. Contact ODS to receive viewing information: ODS@nih.gov

March 2021

  • March 10 (11 a.m. - Noon ET): ODS Seminar: “Plant Flavonoids and Human Health,” presented by Guido F. Pauli, Ph.D., University of Illinois, Chicago, IL. The ODS Seminar Series is available by webinar only. Contact ODS to receive viewing information: ODS@nih.gov
     
  • March 16:  A recording of the ODS presentation, “Dietary Supplements: What You Need to Know,” is available to view on the NIH Videocast Past Events webpage: https://videocast.nih.gov/watch=41643
     
  • March 29 - April 1: Oxford International Conference on the Science of Botanicalsexternal link disclaimer. ODS staff participation anticipated.

April 2021

  • April 14 (11 a.m. - Noon ET): ODS Seminar: “Gut Microbiome and Personalized Nutrition,” presented by Purna Kashyap, M.B.B.S., Mayo Clinic School of Medicine, Rochester, MN. The ODS Seminar Series is available by webinar only. Contact ODS to receive viewing information: ODS@nih.gov

May 2021

  • May 11 (1:00 - 5:00 p.m. ET): The ODS Research Scholars Symposium, a virtual event, will feature presentations by early-career scientists from the ODS Scholars program. Contact ODS to receive viewing information: ODS@nih.gov
     
  • May 12 (11 a.m. - Noon ET): ODS Seminar: “Dietary Supplement Use by Breast Cancer Patients,” presented by Christine Ambrosone, Ph.D., University of Buffalo, Buffalo, NY. The ODS Seminar Series is available by webinar only. Contact ODS to receive viewing information: ODS@nih.gov 
     
  • May 19 (11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. ET): The Trans-NIH Resilience Working Group Inaugural Webinar on Designing Resilience Research in the Context of Military Stress. Featured speaker, Melissa A. Polusny, Ph.D., L.P., is principal investigator of the Advancing Research on Mechanism of Resilience (ARMOR) Study, a large multi-level, prospective longitudinal study investigating resilience processes that promote adjustment among National Guard service members, which is supported by the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health. Dr. Polusny describes her study and addresses how it was designed, and how concepts of resilience were applied for measuring study outcomes. Her colleague, Christopher R. Erbes, Ph.D., A.B.P.P., participates in a brief panel discussion following the main presentation.  The recording of this webinar is now available for public view on the NIH VideoCast Past Events website: https://videocast.nih.gov/watch=41984
     
  • May 25-27: Mary Frances Picciano Dietary Supplement Research Practicum. This 3-day practicum will provide a thorough overview and grounding on the issues, concepts, unknowns, and controversies about dietary supplements and supplement ingredients. It will also emphasize the importance of scientific investigation to evaluate the efficacy, safety, and value of these products for health promotion and disease prevention as well as how to carry out this type of research. The practicum is open to everyone, but is designed as an educational opportunity for faculty, students, and practitioners with a serious interest in the subject. For more information about the practicum and how to register, visit the practicum website: https://odspracticum.od.nih.gov/

June 2021

  • June 7-10: Nutrition 2021external link disclaimer, American Society for Nutrition (ASN), Boston, MA. Those registered may view this Connect with the Fed session, “A New Database You Can Use to Research the Ingredients in Dietary Supplementsexternal link disclaimer,” with presentations by scientists from ODS, USDA, industry, and academia. This on-demand session will demonstrate the redesigned Dietary Supplement Label Database (DSLD). Research applications of dietary supplement databases will be discussed.
     
  • POSTPONED: June 23 (11 a.m. - Noon ET): ODS Seminar: “Improving Communication about the Benefits, Harms, and Uncertainties of Dietary Supplements,” presented by Stephen Woloshin, M.D., M.S., The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy & Clinical Practice, Lebanon, NH. The ODS Seminar Series is available by webinar only. Contact ODS to receive viewing information: ODS@nih.gov

October 2021

  • October 25-26: ODS Anniversary Scientific Symposium featuring talks by experts in the field of dietary supplement science. Location to be determined: Natcher Auditorium, NIH Campus and/or virtual event.