The Workshop Announces Keynote Speaker

—Online Registration Now Open For CRN Event—

WASHINGTON, D.C., January 8, 2007 — The Council for Responsible Nutrition’s (CRN) one-day scientific symposium on dietary supplements and dietary supplement ingredients, The Workshop: A Day of Science, will feature distinguished scientist Godfrey Oakley, M.D., along with other provocative speakers throughout the day, to explore the field of dietary supplements and the evidence-based medicine paradigm.

Taking place Tuesday, May 3, at The Hyatt Regency Crystal City at Reagan National Airport, just outside Washington, D.C., the one-day event will commence with a keynote address by Dr. Oakley, on making policy from science, focusing on the folic acid case study. Dr. Oakley is a research professor in the department of Epidemiology at the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University. Prior to holding this position he was the director of birth defects and developmental disabilities at the National Center for Environmental Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) where he led the public health effort to promote increased folic acid consumption by young women. He is also widely known for his prominent role in securing the FDA approved health claim for folic acid and neural tube birth defects.

Following Dr. Oakley’s presentation, the day will be divided into three separate topics, each covering distinct but related areas of dietary supplement research: 1) examining the use of the classic evidence-based medicine approach for nutrition and chronic disease research; 2) the appropriate role of meta-analyses in evidence-based reviews; and 3) approaches for evaluating ingredient identity, quantitative analysis and product quality.

The first session looks at the appropriateness of applying an evidence-based medicine approach to nutrition and chronic disease research, and discusses the use of and reliance on potential alternative approaches, with presentations from Robert Heaney, M.D., Creighton University; John Milner, Ph.D., National Cancer Institute; P.K. Newby, Sc.D., M.P.H., M.S., Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging at Tufts University; and Jonathon Berman, M.D., Ph.D., National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine. The following session examines the role of meta-analyses in evidence-based reviews, beginning with Paul Coates, Ph.D., Office of Dietary Supplements (ODS) and continuing after lunch with Donald Berry, Ph.D., University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center. The day wraps up with presentations by Joseph M. Betz, Ph.D., ODS; James Neal-Kababick, Flora Research Laboratories; Darryl Sullivan, Covance Laboratories; Jana Hildreth, Blaze Science Industries, LLC; and Anthony Almada, Imaginutrition, Inc., with a review of approaches for evaluating ingredient identity, quantitative analysis and product quality for both research and commercial needs, and looking at how these can be leveraged for a significant economic return.

Those interested in attending are encouraged to register now, as space may be limited and registrations will be taken on a first-come, first-served basis. Registration is $495 for CRN member companies and $595 for non-CRN members. In addition, special rates are available for academic and government employees. A discounted group room rate at The Hyatt Regency Crystal City, of $230 per night is available for all attendees until the room block is filled. 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 voluntarily adhere to a strong code of ethics, comply with dosage limits and manufacture dietary supplements to high quality standards under good manufacturing practices.

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