The Workshop To Feature Top Scientific, Regulatory Experts

—Speakers Will Highlight Nutrigenomics, Other Scientific ‘Hot’ Topics—

WASHINGTON, D.C., June 8, 2006 — The Council for Responsible Nutrition’s (CRN) all-day scientific symposium on dietary supplements and dietary supplement ingredients, The Workshop: A Day of Science, boasts a complement of provocative speakers, from leading scientists to highly-respected regulators and government officials.

Taking place Tuesday, July 25, at The Fairmont hotel in Washington, D.C., the full-day event kicks off with a keynote address from prominent scientist Bruce N. Ames, Ph.D., on the role for supplements in optimizing health, followed by three sessions focusing on nutrigenomics/nutrigenetics, optimizing research, and scientific ‘hot’ topics.

The morning session on nutrigenomics tackles what many view as the future in the field of nutrition. Charles C. Muscoplat, Ph.D., vice president for Agricultural Policy, and dean, College of Agricultural, Food and Environmental Sciences, University of Minnesota, will provide an update on the latest advances in technology and research, addressing the role of gene-diet interactions in the origin of disease. Julie B. Hirsch, Ph.D., director, Product Development, WellGen, Inc., and Rosalynn Gill-Garrison, Ph.D., chief science officer, Sciona, Inc., will offer presentations on some commercial applications of nutrigenomics. David Schmidt, president and chief executive officer, International Food Information Council (IFIC), and David Castle, Ph.D., associate professor, Department of Philosophy, University of Guelph, will present the consumer perspective, raising major ethical and privacy implications of personalized nutrition and offering potential options on how to address these concerns.

After lunch, government officials will discuss ways to develop sound, meaningful and useful research studies for dietary supplements, touching on industry’s involvement. The session, with Margaret Chesney, Ph.D., deputy director of the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM), will first examine how the center evaluates and approves grant proposals. Then participants will hear from Paula Trumbo, Ph.D., of the Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (CFSAN) Office of Nutritional Products, Labeling and Dietary Supplements, on the quality and usefulness of such research in the evaluation of claim substantiation.

The closing session offers updates on three hot-button scientific issues for the supplement industry. Allison Yates, Ph.D., of the U.S. Department of Agriculture Beltsville Human Nutrition Research Center and Linda Meyers, Ph.D., of the Institute of Medicine’s Food and Nutrition Board, will give two different perspectives on the revision of labeling Daily Values as part of the "Scientific Hot Topics" session. Peter H. Langsjoen, M.D., F.A.C.C., East Texas Medical Center, will review the most current scientific and clinical research on coenzyme Q10 and cardiovascular health, followed by industry consultant Mary Ellen Sanders, Ph.D., who will look at the latest research in the growing category of probiotics for human health.

Those interested in attending are encouraged to register now, as space may be limited and registrations will be taken on a first-come, first-serve 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 Fairmont Washington, D.C., of $229 per night is available for all attendees until the room block is filled. For registration and event details, including sponsorship opportunities, visit:

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, comply with dosage limits and manufacture dietary supplements to high quality standards under good manufacturing practices.

Judy Blatman

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