Dan Fabricant to Keynote CRN Conference; Other Speakers Unveiled

July 28, 2011

Daniel Fabricant, PhD, director, Division of Dietary Supplement Programs, FDA, will help kick off The Conference: CRN’s Annual Symposium for the Dietary Supplement Industry by providing the keynote address.

Source: The Council for Responsible Nutrition

The Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN) announced Daniel Fabricant, PhD, director, Division of Dietary Supplement Programs, FDA, will help kick off The Conference: CRN’s Annual Symposium for the Dietary Supplement Industry by providing the keynote address on its opening day, Thursday, October 20, 2011, at the Terranea Resort in Rancho Palos Verdes, CA. The Conference starts with an evening reception on Wednesday, October 19, and runs through Saturday, October 22, directly following The Workshop: CRN’s Day of Science, a full-day symposium on October 19.

Dr. Fabricant, who recently joined FDA following stints at the Natural Products Association and ConsumerLab.com, will address the agency’s priorities for the dietary supplement industry, including FDA’s perspective on the newly-released and controversial draft guidance for New Dietary Ingredients (NDIs). At the agency, Dr. Fabricant is responsible for the full implementation of DSHEA through the interpretation and enforcement of dietary supplement requirements that ensure the safety and truthful labeling of dietary supplements, support legislative compliance, enforcement and public affairs initiatives. “The dietary supplement and nutrition products industries are facing new and serious challenges, as evidenced by publication of FDA's draft NDI guidance and the recent introduction of S. 1310 by Senator Richard Durbin,” said John Venardos, chairman of The Conference and senior vice president, worldwide regulatory, government and industry affairs, Herbalife Ltd. “We are appreciative that Dr. Fabricant will engage with our participants at this industry-wide conference, and his insights will set the stage for a lively, provocative, and informative meeting.” 

The Conferencehas gained a reputation for its substantive programming, relevant to CEOs, senior and middle management in the dietary supplement industry. In addition to Dr. Fabricant, The Conference agenda will feature industry leaders, economic and market research experts, scientists and political experts, with additional speakers to be announced over the next month.

CRN also announced the lineup of speakers at the event’s one-day symposium, The Workshop: CRN’s Day of Science, which will be held Wednesday, October 19 at the exquisite Terranea Resort in Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif.

Maret G. Traber, PhD, director, Department of Nutrition and Exercise Sciences, Linus Pauling Institute, Oregon State University, will open the scientific symposium with a keynote address entitled, “The science of reactive oxygen species and antioxidants-Is antioxidant supplementation justified?” Following Dr. Traber’s presentation, the day will be divided into three scientific sessions, each focused on significant areas related to the science surrounding dietary supplements. 

The first session, “Assessing the safety of dietary supplement ingredients,” will feature presentations from: William Allaben, PhD, senior toxicologist, Center for Toxicology and Environmental Health LLC, on the role of the National Toxicology Program in FDA’s monitoring of dietary supplements; Joseph E. Pizzorno, ND, president emeritus and founder, Bastyr University, and editor in chief, Integrative Medicine: A Clinician’s Journal (IMCJ), on assessing the safety of naturally derived products; and Henk van Loveren, PhD, head of the Immunotoxicology and Infection program, the Netherlands’ National Institute of Public Health and the Environment (RIVM), on immunotoxicology and issues related to food and nutrient safety.

The second session, which will focus on “Progress in dietary supplement research,” will feature insights from: Jesmond Dalli, PhD, post-doctoral fellow, Center for Experimental Therapeutics and Reperfusion Injury, Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School, on lipid signaling; Benoit Lamarche, PhD, chair, the Institute for Nutraceuticals and Functional Foods, Laval University, Quebec City, on nutritional interventions for known mechanisms in the progression of metabolic syndrome; and Joshua Miller, PhD, associate professor in residence, Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, University of California Davis Medical Center, on the relationship between B vitamins, homocysteine, and cognitive function in the elderly.

The final session will focus on “Controversies,” during which Elizabeth Johnson, PhD, scientist, Carotenoids and Health Laboratory, Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging, Tufts University, will discuss lutein and where current science is related to its potential dietary reference intake (DRI) status.

The Conferenceand The Workshop are open to CRN members and non-members, and attendees can choose from four flexible registration options for those who want to attend both events, a shorter combination of both events, or either one. Online registration is available through CRN’s website: http://www.crnusa.org/2011events/