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Research Project: Monitoring the Composition of Foods and Dietary Supplements in the United States

Location: Nutrient Data Laboratory

2013 Annual Report

1a. Objectives (from AD-416):
To study and monitor the effects of analytical characteristics of dietary components on health. The study will investigate the role of food and dietary supplements intake patterns, food preparation methods, and/or food and dietary supplements components in human health, primarily related to chronic disease outcomes such as hypertension, diabetes, and obesity. May also involve food composition and dietary supplement ingredient sampling and analysis as well as and development of databases. The Cooperator has expertise in human research and dietary patterns associated with chronic disease.

1b. Approach (from AD-416):
Data for nutrients and other components in foods and/or dietary supplements that are needed to support application of U.S. Dietary Guidelines for Americans by consumers and others will be periodically updated. Food and dietary supplement composition will be monitored through sampling and analysis as well as literature review. The Cooperator will provide expertise in skills needed in food composition, methods, and database development.

3. Progress Report:
During FY2013, Research Leaders from two BHNRC Labs (NDL, FSRG) have been working with collaborators at the University of Maryland to hire approximately 23 full- or part-time temporary personnel to plan and conduct research to expand and develop the Dietary Supplements Ingredient Database (NDL, 7 full-time), the NDL food composition databases, the FSRG (to support survey work, 1 full-time) and the University of Maryland (1 student). The process has involved the posting of job positions, the review of applications by a UMD selection committee and the final selection of the best qualified personnel. Research Leaders are exploring collaborations with the Acting Chair and faculty of the Nutrition Department, Univeristy of Maryland, through this agreement.

4. Accomplishments