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The Mary Frances Picciano Dietary Supplement Research Practicum

ODS Practicum 2021

The next Mary Frances Picciano Dietary Supplement Research Practicum will be held as a virtual meeting, May 26, 27, and 28, 2021.

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Jaime Gahche, Ph.D., M.P.H.
ODS Practicum Director


The Office of Dietary Supplements (ODS) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) is offering a two and a half day educational opportunity to provide fundamental knowledge of dietary supplements to faculty, students, and practitioners with a serious interest in this subject. This intensive practicum will provide a thorough overview and grounding about issues, concepts, unknowns, and controversies about dietary supplements and supplement ingredients. It will also emphasize the importance of scientific investigations to evaluate the efficacy, safety, and value of these products for health promotion and disease prevention as well as how to carry out this type of research.

Topics to be addressed include:

Participants will also hear from various stakeholders—the dietary supplement industry, consumer advocacy groups, and media—who study, advocate, regulate, or educate about dietary supplements.


This practicum is open to selected faculty, graduate students, and research practitioners in health-related disciplines such as nutrition, food science, pharmacy, pharmacology and pharmacognosy, exercise science and kinesiology, medicine, dentistry, nursing, and complementary and alternative medicine (CAM). Preference will be given to candidates who are full-time academic faculty, research practitioners, doctoral students, postdocs, and fellows. Applications will also be accepted from health care providers and scientists with a master's degree or higher whose work involves research with dietary supplements, masters-level students, and students in allied health schools.


The faculty consists of experts from NIH, academic institutions, federal regulatory agencies such as the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, and practicing stakeholders.


There is no cost to attend the practicum itself.

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