Dickinson Named Acting President at Dietary Supplement Trade Association

WASHINGTON, D.C., January 2, 2003 - The Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN), one of the dietary supplement industry's leading trade associations, has elevated its vice president, scientific and regulatory affairs, Annette Dickinson, Ph.D., to the position of acting president. Dr. Dickinson has been with CRN since its founding in 1973.

Dr. Dickinson succeeds John Cordaro who led the trade association for 20 years.

"Dr. Dickinson will provide CRN and the industry with strong leadership at a critical transition time," said CRN Chairman Byron Johnson, nutrition industry relations director, Access Business Group/Nutrilite. "She possesses an ideal combination of scientific knowledge and regulatory know-how. In addition, during her 30 years in the industry, she has attained high marks from industry executives as well as from legislators and the regulatory and scientific communities."

A recognized nutrition expert and author, Dr. Dickinson was recently named to serve a 3-year term on the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's Food Advisory Committee. She was appointed by President Clinton to the Commission on Dietary Supplement Labels and is a frequent witness before the U.S. Congress and at other public forums. Her scientific background includes an expertise in vitamins and minerals, and her regulatory expertise covers the legal and technical aspects of marketing dietary supplements, including provisions relating to labeling, advertising and good manufacturing practices. She is the author of two highly regarded industry reference books, The Benefits of Nutritional Supplements, a comprehensive compilation of information about the health benefits of vitamins and minerals, and Before and After DSHEA, a guide to the Food and Drug Administration's regulation of the dietary supplement industry.

"Our industry is facing challenging times," said Dr. Dickinson, "and I am looking forward to meeting those challenges directly by further encouraging our members to make courageous, scientifically-based decisions that will assist regulators, health care professionals, journalists and consumers in identifying the responsible company leaders in our industry."

A frequent contributor to national and international nutritional meetings and technical symposia, Dr. Dickinson is often called upon by the print and broadcast media to interpret the science and represent the industry view on issues affecting dietary supplements. She earned her Ph.D. in nutritional sciences and her M.S. in food sciences from the University of Maryland.

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