1:00 – 2:00 pm Registration and Networking
2:00 – 3:30 pm Presentation
Are dietary supplements used effectively and safely by individuals and population groups in the United States? Dr. Paul Thomas from the Office of Dietary Supplements at the National Institutes of Health will discuss the current dietary supplement marketplace, describe individuals and populations who may benefit from dietary supplements and those who may be at-risk from excessive intake, and discuss current research and controversies surrounding the use of supplements for chronic disease prevention. He will also explain how to choose appropriate products with consideration of efficacy, safety, and quality and share favorite evidence-based resources for learning more about dietary supplements.
Dr. Paul R. Thomas is a Scientific Consultant to the Office of Dietary Supplements at the National Institutes of Health. He is responsible for evaluating scientific information on supplements, supporting and disseminating research results, and developing educational materials for health professionals and consumers. Dr. Thomas has also served as a consultant to the U.S. Department of Agriculture on grant programs related to community food security, gleaning, and nutraceuticals/functional foods. Dr. Thomas was a fellow and research assistant professor at the Center for Food and Nutrition Policy at Georgetown University. He was also a project director at the Food and Nutrition Board of the Institute of Medicine, where he helped prepare the 10th edition of the Recommended Daily Allowances (RDAs). Prior to his work with NIH, he published The Dietary Supplement, a newsletter to help healthcare professionals and consumers better understand the complex and confusing world of vitamins, minerals, botanicals, and related products. Dr. Thomas is a registered dietitian nutritionist with an Ed.D. and Ed.M. in nutrition education from Teachers College, Columbia University; an M.S. in public health nutrition from Case Western Reserve University; and a B.A. in biology from the State University of New York at Buffalo.
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