Daniel Fabricant to bring expertise in sports nutrition, women’s health, and natural foods/products to NNFA
Washington, D.C. (January 26, 2006) – The National Nutritional Foods Association (NNFA), the nation’s largest and oldest association dedicated to the natural products industry, today welcomed Daniel Fabricant, Ph.D., as its new vice president of scientific affairs. An expert in dietary supplements for women’s health, sports nutrition, and quality analysis of botanical products, Fabricant comes to NNFA with more than a decade of research and practical experience with natural products.
“Daniel’s background in the study of dietary supplements and their effectiveness and impact on consumer health is clearly both extensive and impressive,” said David Seckman, CEO of NNFA. “As NNFA continues educating Americans about the benefits of natural products, we’re extremely pleased to have someone of his caliber on board to speak to the science behind the advantages and how quality products can truly enhance health.”
In his new position, Fabricant will complement NNFA’s ongoing research initiatives and oversee the association’s quality assurance efforts for dietary supplements, the Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) Certification and TruLabel random testing programs.
“As someone whose entire professional career has been dedicated to unlocking the science behind natural products, I’m very happy to be joining the team at NNFA,” Fabricant said. “I hope to help NNFA further promote public interest in supplements and nutritional foods as they relate to health, and bring the science and proven effectiveness to the forefront.”
Sports nutrition is a key area Fabricant hopes to draw upon in his new position at NNFA. As a former college athlete and owner of a Chicago-based fitness business, he’s developed a unique expertise in the science behind strength training and conditioning – an issue at the forefront of the nation’s debate on sports and the limits of performance enhancement.
Most recently, Fabricant comes to NNFA from ConsumerLab.com, where he acted as Assistant Director of Research, overseeing efforts to evaluate and identify quality dietary supplements and coordinating independent laboratory testing. He studied at the Center for Botanical Dietary Supplement Research – a collaboration between the University of Illinois at Chicago and National Institutes of Health – under Norman R. Farnsworth, a leading expert on herbal remedies and medical botany. Fabricant has contributed to research projects for the National Institutes of Health Office of Dietary Supplements and the World Health Organization Collaborating Centre for Research in Traditional Medicine, in addition to being widely published in peer-reviewed journals.
Fabricant holds a B.S. in Chemistry from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and a Ph.D. in Pharmacognosy from the University of Illinois at Chicago. He is a member of the American Society of Pharmacognosy and the National Strength and Conditioning Association.
NNFA ( www.nnfa.org ) is the nation's largest and oldest non-profit organization dedicated to the natural products industry. NNFA represents more than 8,000 retailers, manufacturers, wholesalers and distributors of natural products including foods, dietary supplements, and health and beauty aids. In addition to offices in Washington D.C. and Newport Beach, Calif., NNFA also has seven regional offices throughout the United States and is governed by a 22-member board of directors representing all segments of industry.