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Title: Foreword for Workshop "new Approaches, Endpoints and Paradigms for Rdas of Mineral Elements"

Author
item NIELSEN, FORREST

Submitted to: Journal of Nutrition
Publication Type: Other
Publication Acceptance Date: September 1, 1996
Publication Date: N/A

Interpretive Summary: A workshop that was organized, "New Approaches, Endpoints, and Paradigms for RDAs of Mineral Elements," was held on September 10-12, l995, on the campus of the University of North Dakota, and had about 150 participants; these included scientists, dietitians, and about 30 students in graduate or nutrition programs. The participants first heard 18 invited speakers in n four general sessions, one summary speaker, and one dinner speaker, all who presented their assigned subject matter in a broad manner so that the subsequent work groups that were organized by elements could utilize the described approaches, concepts, endpoints, and concerns in their deliberations. Two overall objectives were set for the workshop; these were: l) to introduce and advance concepts and processes most likely to increase the competency of establishing or refining the RDAs, and 2) to open discussion on the appropriate range of nutrient intakes, with a focus s on selected mineral elements. The working objectives of the workshop were, for the mineral elements, to 1) demonstrate that diet and health surveys verify the need for new or upgraded RDAs, 2) introduce new approaches available for establishing RDAs, 3) introduce the applicability of nontraditional endpoints for determining requirements, and 4) present evidence that the public is served better by RDAs with expanded information about beneficial or hazardous intakes. It is hoped that the articles in this volume will spark debate about the approaches used to assess mineral element requirements and recommendations, and will be useful to the panels and subcommittees of the Standing Committee on the Scientific Evaluation of Dietary Reference Intakes, a committee of the Food and Nutrition Board.

Technical Abstract: A workshop that was organized, "New Approaches, Endpoints, and Paradigms for RDAs of Mineral Elements," was held on September 10-12, l995, on the campus of the University of North Dakota, and had about 150 participants; these included scientists, dietitians, and about 30 students in graduate or nutrition programs. The participants first heard 18 invited speakers in n four general sessions, one summary speaker, and one dinner speaker, all who presented their assigned subject matter in a broad manner so that the subsequent work groups that were organized by elements could utilize the described approaches, concepts, endpoints, and concerns in their deliberations. Two overall objectives were set for the workshop; these were: l) to introduce and advance concepts and processes most likely to increase the competency of establishing or refining the RDAs, and 2) to open discussion on the appropriate range of nutrient intakes, with a focus s on selected mineral elements. The working objectives of the workshop were, for the mineral elements, to 1) demonstrate that diet and health surveys verify the need for new or upgraded RDAs, 2) introduce new approaches available for establishing RDAs, 3) introduce the applicability of nontraditional endpoints for determining requirements, and 4) present evidence that the public is served better by RDAs with expanded information about beneficial or hazardous intakes. It is hoped that the articles in this volume will spark debate about the approaches used to assess mineral element requirements and recommendations, and will be useful to the panels and subcommittees of the Standing Committee on the Scientific Evaluation of Dietary Reference Intakes, a committee of the Food and Nutrition Board.

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