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ODS Update - March 2009 Summary

ODS Update

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

March 2009

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News You Can Use

Standard Reference Material for Multivitamin/Multimineral Tablets Now Available
Standard Reference Material for Multivitamin/Multimineral Tablets Now Available The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has developed a new Standard Reference Material® (SRM) for multivitamin/multimineral tablets with financial support from ODS. Full Story

New Funding Opportunities for Research
ODS collaborates on funding initiatives across NIH and with other agencies through mechanisms such as Requests for Applications (RFAs) and Program Announcements (PAs). Full Story

ODS Programs and Activities

March 31 Application Deadline Approaching for Dietary Supplement Research Practicum June 1-5
ODS is once again offering its popular Dietary Supplement Research Practicum to academic faculty in the health sciences and their doctoral or postdoctoral students/fellows. Full Story

Webinars Held as Part of ODS Strategic Planning Process
All four ODS Webinars are available for viewing on the ODS Web site. Full Story

ODS Staff News

Dr. Kenneth D. Fisher, ODS Senior Scientific Consultant, Retires
Dr. Ken Fisher, an independent consultant to ODS, retired earlier this year. Full Story

Elizabeth A. Yetley, PhD, ODS Senior Nutrition Research Scientist who retired last year, was selected as a Fellow of the American Society of Nutrition (ASN). Full Story

Recent ODS Staff Publications

Upcoming Events (April – June 2009)

8th Oxford Conference on the Science of Botanicals
April 5-10, 2009: Oxford, MS

Joseph Betz will present a poster about the ODS AMRM program titled Dietary Supplement Analytical Methods and Reference Materials Program: Accomplishments and Future Directions on April 7.

Experimental Biology
April 18-22, 2009: New Orleans, LA

On April 21, Johanna Dwyer will co-chair a minisymposium titled Measurement Issues Related to Dietary Supplement Use. On April 18, Dr. Dwyer will also speak at a closed workshop for Korean nutritionists titled Planning Using the DRIs. On April 22, Robert Russell will chair a seminar titled Key Events Framework: An Innovative Approach for Assessing Safe Nutrient Intakes and will give a talk titled Introduction to the International Life Sciences Institute (ILSI) Research Foundation Global Threshold Project.

Maryland Dietetic Association’s Annual Meeting
April 24, 2009: Linthicum Heights, MD

Jody Engel will give a presentation titled Dietary Supplement Use in America: Who’s Taking What?

American Society of Complex Therapeutics Conference: "From Meadow to Medicine" Developing Complex Therapeutics - A Paradigm Shift
May 12, 2009: Minneapolis, MN

Joseph Betz will give a presentation titled Back to the Future: A Historical and Future Perspective and will also moderate a Panel Discussion. This is a satellite meeting of the North American Research Conference on Complementary & Integrative Medicine.

North American Research Conference on Complementary & Integrative Medicine
May 12-15, 2009: Minneapolis, MN

ODS will have an exhibit.

International Conference on Diet and Activity Methods
June 5-7: Washington, DC
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ODS is a co-sponsor of this conference, a gathering of experts to present, learn about, and develop research ideas to improve the measurement of people’s usual dietary intakes and physical activity.

ODS Update provides information on news, activities, and resources from the Office of Dietary Supplements (ODS). ODS is a program office within the Office of the Director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The mission of ODS is to strengthen knowledge and understanding of dietary supplements by evaluating scientific information, stimulating and supporting research, disseminating research results, and educating the public to foster an enhanced quality of life and health for the U.S. population.

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