ODS Update - November 2008 Summary

ODS Update

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

November 2008

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ODS Welcomes Comments for its Next Strategic Plan 2010-2014
As ODS reviews how to move forward in achieving its core mission to promote quality science in dietary supplement research, we invite your comments on ODS programs and on future needs and opportunities for program activities. Full Story

Ninth Edition of Annual Bibliography of Significant Advances in Dietary Supplement Research Now Available
The ninth edition of this annual ODS publication provides annotated abstracts of 25 original papers selected from dozens of scientific journals in 2007. Full Story

Dietary Reference Intake (DRI) Research Synthesis Database Now Available
This database, partially funded by ODS, enables searching among the research recommendations in the DRI reports published between 1997-2005. Full Story

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

ODS Programs and Activities

ODS's Research Portfolio in FY2008 Surpasses $22 Million
With an operating budget of $27.5 million in fiscal year (FY) 2008, ODS co-funded 104 grants and supported a variety of interagency agreements, contracts, conferences and workshops. Full Story

Institute of Medicine to Review Dietary Reference Intakes (DRIs) for Vitamin D and Calcium
An expert committee at the Food and Nutrition Board will undertake a study to assess current relevant data and update as appropriate the recommended intakes for these two nutrients. Full Story

ODS Staff News

Mary Frances Picciano, PhD, ODS Senior Nutrition Research Scientist, received a Merit Award from the NIH Office of the Director "in recognition of exceptional service in developing an NIH Vitamin D research initiative and related activities." It was presented at an Honor Awards Ceremony on November 20 at the NIH.

Robert M. Russell, MD, has joined ODS on a part-time basis as a Visiting Scientist for 1 year beginning October 2008. He is Emeritus Professor of Medicine and Nutrition at Tufts University and the former Director of the U.S. Department of Agriculture Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging at Tufts. While at ODS, he will provide leadership for the development of systematic reviews for nutrition topics. Dr. Russell's biography is available at http://ods.od.nih.gov/About/Robert_M_Russell.aspx.

Patsy M. Brannon, PhD, RD, of Cornell University completed her 1.5-year tenure as a Visiting Professor with ODS in October. In collaboration with ODS staff, she provided leadership for the Vitamin D Initiative within the office that has examined the science base of vitamin D's effects on health and is developing a research agenda for this nutrient. Full Story

Recent ODS Staff Publications

Catherine M. Stoney, Paul M. Coates, and Josephine P. Briggs. Letter to editor: Integrity of active components of botanical products used in complementary and alternative medicine. Journal of the American Medical Association 300(17):1995-1996, November 5, 2008.

Upcoming Events (December 2008 - February 2009)

National Institute of Health and Nutrition
December 2, 2008: Tokyo, Japan

Paul Coates will give a presentation titled Dietary Supplements in the United States: Claims and Evidence.

International Life Sciences Institute
December 3, 2008: Tokyo, Japan

Paul Coates will give a presentation titled Evaluating the Health Effects of Dietary Supplements.

Society for Risk Analysis 2008 Annual Meeting
December 10, 2008: Boston, MA

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Robert Russell will give a presentation titled Low-Dose Dose-Response Thresholds in Risk Assessment: a Cross Disciplinary Analysis of Key Events from Vitamin A Exposure to Adverse Events.

International Life Sciences Institute: Decision Making for Recommendations and Communications Based on Totality of Food Related Research Workshop
December 15, 2008: Washington, DC

Robert Russell will give a presentation titled Application of Epidemiologic Data in DRI Development: Approaches Toward Harmonization. Mary Frances Picciano will give a presentation titled Vitamin D and Health.

International Life Sciences Institute 2009 Annual Meeting
January 20, 2009: Tucson, AZ

Robert Russell will speak at a symposium titled Application of Threshold Concepts to Pathogens, Allergens, Nutrients, and Chemicals.

Scripps -- Natural Supplements: An Evidence-Based Update
January 22-25, 2009: 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 give a presentation titled The Future of Dietary Supplement Research--Answering Important Questions on Sunday, January 25. ODS will 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.

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

Mary Frances Picciano will give a presentation at the Opening Plenary Panel: Vitamin D in Health and Disease.

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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