The National Institutes of Health (NIH) is the primary agency of the United States government responsible for biomedical and public health research, founded in the late 1870s. It is part of the United States Department of Health and Human Services with facilities mainly located in Bethesda, Maryland. It conducts its own scientific research through its Intramural Research Program (IRP) and provides major biomedical research funding to non-NIH research facilities through its Extramural Research Program.

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  • [This video does not have audio.] This video shows how a whiff of smelly air travels through the human nose. The video follows odor particles (the colored dots) on their journey through the nasal cavity, or passageways behind the nose. Some of the particles travel up toward an area in the nasal cavity where odor-sensing cells are located (this area is marked in white below the eye). Only a few par...

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  • Researchers from the National Institutes of Health and the University of Chicago improved the speed, resolution, and light efficiency of an optical microscope by switching from a conventional glass coverslip to a reflective, mirrored coverslip and applying new computer algorithms to process the resulting data. Hari Shroff, Ph.D., chief of the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengin...

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  • (Bethesda, MD) Mindy Kurzer, Ph.D., professor of nutrition and director of the Healthy Foods, Healthy Lives Institute at the University of Minnesota, talks about soy supplement research, illustrates the range of soy studies, and describes how each type of study has contributed to overall knowledge of this ingredient. She discusses many of the issues in conducting research on soy products and makin...

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  • (Bethesda, MD) Christine Taylor, Ph.D., senior nutrition scientist at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Office of Dietary Supplements (ODS), explains the concept of safety and how it is defined, measured, studied, and reported in regard to dietary supplements. Dr. Taylor provides examples to illustrate the ways in which the safety of various supplement ingredients have been evaluated. She di...

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  • (Bethesda, MD) Howard Sesso, Sc.D., M.P.H., associate professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School, explains the concepts of efficacy and effectiveness, and how they are defined, measured, studied, and reported in regard to dietary supplements. Dr. Sesso describes the different types of research studies used to determine efficacy and effectiveness and provides examples of research with dietary ...

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  • (Bethesda, MD) Barbara Sorkin, Ph.D., director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Centers for Advancing Research on Botanicals and Other Natural Products (CARBON) Program, at the NIH Office of Dietary Supplements (ODS), talks about how the concepts of efficacy, safety, and identity/quality are addressed in studying botanicals and plant-derived ingredients. Dr. Sorkin provides an overview o...

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  • (Bethesda, MD) During this final session of the 2017 Mary Frances Picciano Dietary Supplement Research Practicum, participants have the opportunity to ask any questions of three panelists: Regan Bailey, Ph.D., M.P.H., R.D., director of the practicum and scientific consultant at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Office of Dietary Supplements (ODS) and associate professor in the Department of ...

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  • (Bethesda, MD) Paul Thomas, Ed.D., R.D.N., scientific consultant in the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Office of Dietary Supplements (ODS), illustrates the state of the science on the value or lack of value of selected dietary supplement ingredients (including multivitamins, antioxidants, biotin, and sodium bicarbonate) to promote health and manage problems. He provides examples from the publ...

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  • (Bethesda, MD) Carol Haggans, M.S., R.D., scientific and health communications consultant in the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Office of Dietary Supplements (ODS), gives an overview of the weight-loss supplement market and the types of products available. She summarizes the scientific evidence for selected ingredients in these products (including hoodia, chitosan, garcinia cambogia, raspberr...

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  • (Bethesda, MD) Joyce Merkel, M.S., R.D., scientific and health communications consultant in the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Office of Dietary Supplements (ODS), describes the purpose and value of several databases (including PubMed/Medline, ClinicalTrials.gov, NIH Dietary Supplement Label Database, and more) that provide information on dietary supplement ingredients. She illustrates the co...

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  • (Bethesda, MD) Johanna Dwyer, D.Sc., R.D., a senior scientist in the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Office of Dietary Supplements ODS, talks about why people take supplements. She discusses the strengths and weaknesses of methodologies to collect this information and explores whether reasons for use differ depending on number and types of supplements taken. Dr. Dwyer describes results from th...

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  • (Bethesda, MD) Presenters from the “Meet the Industry” and “Meet the Watchdogs” panels take questions from the audience. The representatives from the dietary supplement industry are Michael McBurney, Ph.D., vice president of science, communications, and advocacy at DSM Nutritional Products Inc., Merle Zimmerman, Ph.D., chief information analyst for the American Herbal Products Association, and Ste...

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  • (Bethesda, MD) David Schardt, M.S., senior nutritionist at the Center for Science in the Public Interest, Mark Anderson, Ph.D., vice president of research at ConsumerLab.com, and Sarah Klein, staff writer at Prevention Magazine, talk about the missions of their organizations in relation to dietary supplements and their perspectives and views regarding these products. Each describes their activitie...

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  • (Bethesda, MD) Michael McBurney, Ph.D., vice president of science, communications, and advocacy at DSM Nutritional Products Inc., Merle Zimmerman, Ph.D., chief information analyst for the American Herbal Products Association, and Steven Mister, Esq., president and CEO of the Council for Responsible Nutrition, describe the missions and activities of their organizations in relation to dietary supple...

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  • (Bethesda, MD) Patricia Deuster, Ph.D., M.P.H., C.N.S., F.A.C.S.M., professor in the Department of Military and Emergency Medicine and director of the Consortium for Health and Military Performance, a Defense Center of Excellence at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USU) School of Medicine, describes the different types of research studies on dietary supplements in the mili...

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  • (Bethesda, MD) Bill J. Gurley, Ph.D., professor of pharmaceutical sciences at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) College of Pharmacy and director of the UAMS Clinical Pharmacokinetics Research Laboratory, describes some of the major means and mechanisms by which ingredients in supplements and medicines may interact and the potential clinical implications of these interactions. ...

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  • (Bethesda, MD) Michelle Rusk, J.D., senior staff attorney in the Division of Advertising Practices, Bureau of Consumer Protection at the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), explains the FTC’s dietary supplement-related responsibilities and how its regulation of these products differs from conventional foods. Ms. Rusk describes several FTC activities related to ensuring that supplement advertising is t...

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  • (Bethesda, MD) Sibyl Swift, Ph.D., special assistant in the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Office of Dietary Supplement Programs, talks about the FDA’s dietary supplement-related responsibilities and how the FDA’s regulation of dietary supplement products differs from those covering conventional foods and medicine. Dr. Swift explains the FDA’s role in regulating supplements versus the m...

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  • (Bethesda, MD) Paul Coates, Ph.D., director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Office of Dietary Supplements (ODS) sets the stage for the 2017 ODS Mary Frances Picciano Dietary Supplement Research Practicum. Dr. Coates welcomes the participants and describes the history, mission, and work of ODS, which was established by the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act of 1994 (DSHEA). Rega...

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  • This hair cell classroom activity, using pipe cleaners, demonstrates that loud sounds can damage the sensitive hair cells in the inner ear needed for hearing. Learn how to conduct a classroom presentation to teach children about the causes and prevention of noise-induced hearing loss. It’s a Noisy Planet. Protect Their Hearing.® is a program of the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communic...

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  • Teach children about the causes and prevention of noise-induced hearing loss with this blow dryer activity, which demonstrates that by moving away from the source of loud sounds, you can protect your hearing. It’s a Noisy Planet. Protect Their Hearing.® is a program of the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders, National Institutes of Health, part of the U.S. Department o...

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  • This classroom activity demonstrates how sound travels inside our ears and then to our brain, which processes the sound. It’s a Noisy Planet. Protect Their Hearing.® is a program of the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders, National Institutes of Health, part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. This video is part of the Noisy Planet Teacher Toolkit.

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  • Learn how to conduct a classroom presentation to teach children about the causes and prevention of noise-induced hearing loss. The tuning fork activity demonstrates that the stronger the vibrations, the louder the sound. Loud noise can damage the sensitive hair cells in the inner ear needed for hearing. It’s a Noisy Planet. Protect Their Hearing.® is a program of the National Institute on Deafness...

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