CRN Workshop Features Impressive Speaker Lineup

—Online Registration Now Open—

WASHINGTON, D.C., February 8, 2008 - The Council for Responsible Nutrition’s (CRN) one day symposium, The Workshop: CRN’s Day of Science, takes place Thursday, May 8, at the Ritz Carlton Pentagon City hotel, just outside of Washington, D.C., and will feature an impressive line-up of expert speakers. Tieraona Low Dog, M.D., University of Arizona, will provide the keynote address—“Dietary supplement use in private practice: promises and pitfalls”—for the popular one-day scientific symposium, themed Dietary Supplements and Integrative Medicine: Beyond Health Maintenance.

Following Dr. Low Dog’s presentation, the day will be divided into three sessions, each focusing on a specific area of dietary supplement research: 1) analyzing dietary supplements and their link to disease management; 2) examining the current model of evidence-based medicine and whether or not that is the most appropriate way to study supplements; 3) methods for determining ingredient identity, particularly with relevance to following the recently passed good manufacturing practices (GMPs) for dietary supplements.

Dietary Supplements and Disease Management

Session one will explore the relationship between dietary supplements and chronic disease management, with presentations from David Perlmutter, M.D., F.A.C.N., Perlmutter Health Center, who will focus on neurodegenerative disease and nutrition concepts; Jim LaValle, R.Ph., M.S., N.D., C.C.N., LaValle Metabolic Institute and University of Cincinnati’s College of Pharmacy, who will discuss supplement-drug interactions; and Aviad Haramati, Ph.D., Georgetown University’s School of Medicine, who will give an overview of educational initiatives in integrative medicine.

Continuing on the Paradigm of Prevention

Session two will challenge attendees to think outside the current box of the reductionist approach of evidence-based medicine and consider the value of other types of scientific research for dietary supplements. Guest speakers for session two include Jeffrey Blumberg, Ph.D., F.A.C.N., C.N.S., Tufts University’s Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy; Cheryl Ritenbaugh, Ph.D., University of Arizona; and Jonathan Berman, M.D., Ph.D., F.A.A.P., National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine’s (NCCAM) Office of Clinical and Regulatory Affairs.

Ensuring the Integrity of Raw Materials

The day will conclude with the final session focusing on processes for evaluating the identity of raw materials and the role of industry facilitating method validation, featuring Joseph M. Betz, Ph.D., Office of Dietary Supplements’ (ODS) Dietary Supplements Methods and Reference Materials Program; Edward J. Kennelly, Ph.D., Lehman College, City University of New York’s Department of Biological Sciences; Paula Brown, M.Sc., British Columbia Institute of Technology’s Natural Health Product Research Group; Mark Roman, Ph.D., Tampa Bay Analytical Research; and John H. Cardellina II, Ph.D., ReevesGroup.

Registering for The Workshop

Space for The Workshop is limited and those interested in attending are encouraged to register quickly, as registrations are on a first-come, first-serve basis. Registration fees are $495 for CRN members, $595 for non-CRN members and a special rate of $295 for academic and government representatives. There is a special hotel rate of $269/night at The Ritz-Carlton, Pentagon City, but a limited number of rooms are available. Refer to the CRN Day of Science when making reservations with the hotel. Online registration is now open and can be accessed, along with full event details and information on sponsorship opportunities, at:


The Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN), founded in 1973, is a Washington, D.C.-based trade association representing dietary supplement industry ingredient suppliers and manufacturers. CRN members adhere to a strong code of ethics and manufacture dietary supplements to high quality standards under good manufacturing practices.

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