2023 Mary Frances Picciano Dietary Supplement Research Practicum

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  • Funding Type:
    Meetings and Webinars
  • Opportunity From:

    National Institutes of Health

Opportunity Description:


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 comprehensive educational program is designed to 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.

The practicum will cover a range of topics, including:

  • Supplement use in the United States and reasons for use
  • The regulatory framework governing supplements
  • Designing and conducting studies on dietary supplements
  • Challenges when studying dietary supplements and dietary supplement ingredients
  • Resources available to researchers
  • Supplement quality

To learn more about sessions, please see the detailed agenda.


This practicum is open to all, although it is particularly 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.


The practicum is free of charge.


To reach practicum coordinators with your specific questions, email: ODSPracticum@mail.nih.gov.

Past Practicums

Presentations from the 2022 Office of Dietary Supplements 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

2017-2021 ODS Dietary Supplement Research Practicum Presentations


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