The 2023 Practicum is scheduled to be held virtually May 22-24.
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Presentations from the 2022 Office of Dietary Supplements (ODS) Mary Frances Picciano Dietary Supplement Research Practicum were videotaped and are available for viewing.
May 23, 2022: Day 1: https://videocast.nih.gov/watch=44992
May 24, 2022: Day 2: https://videocast.nih.gov/watch=44994
May 25, 2022: Day 3: https://videocast.nih.gov/watch=44996
The Office of Dietary Supplements (ODS) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) is offering a three 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:
- Supplement use in the United States and reasons for use;
- The regulatory framework governing supplements;
- Differences in bringing foods, drugs, and supplements to market;
- Supplement quality;
- Assessing the health effects of foods and supplements; and
- Developing policies and advice about supplement use based on science.
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 everyone, but it is geared toward 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).
The speakers consist 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.
To reach practicum coordinators with your specific questions, email: ODSPracticum@mail.nih.gov.