CRN to examine supplement science

By staff reporter

- Last updated on GMT

Related tags: Dietary supplements, Alternative medicine

Supplements for disease management and ensuring the integrity of
ingredients will be the focus of the forthcoming scientific
symposium organized by the Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN).

Due to be held on Thursday May 8 at the Ritz Carlton Pentagon City hotel, Washington, DC, the symposium will bring together scientists and industry representatives for an examination of key aspects impacting the market for dietary supplements. CRN said: "the day will be divided into three main sessions, each focusing on a specific area of dietary supplement research: analyzing dietary supplements and their link to disease management; examining the current model of evidence-based medicine and whether or not that is the most appropriate way to study supplements; and methods for determining ingredient identity, particularly with relevance to following the recently passed good manufacturing practices (GMPs) for dietary supplements." Disease management The session will include presentations by: David Perlmutter of Perlmutter Health Center, who will focus on neurodegenerative disease and nutrition concepts Jim LaValle of LaValle Metabolic Institute and University of Cincinnati's College of Pharmacy, who will discuss supplement-drug interactions Aviad Haramati of Georgetown University's School of Medicine, who will give an overview of educational initiatives in integrative medicine. Prevention CRN said the second session will examine "the reductionist approach of evidence-based medicine". It aims to encourage attendees to "think outside the box" and "consider the value of other types of scientific research for dietary supplements". Guest speakers include: Jeffrey Blumberg of Tufts University's Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy Cheryl Ritenbaugh of the University of Arizona Jonathan Berman of the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine's (NCCAM) Office of Clinical and Regulatory Affairs. Integrity in raw materials The final session will examine the current processes for evaluating the identity of raw materials and the role of industry facilitating method validation. Presentations will be by: Joseph M. Betz of the Office of Dietary Supplements' (ODS) Dietary Supplements Methods and Reference Materials Program Edward J. Kennelly of Lehman College, City University of New York's Department of Biological Sciences Paula Brown of British Columbia Institute of Technology's Natural Health Product Research Group Mark Roman of Tampa Bay Analytical Research John H. Cardellina II of ReevesGroup For more information, click here.

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