NIH News Release
Office of Dietary Supplements

National Institute on Aging

Monday, January 6, 2003

ODS Contact:
Rebecca Costello, Ph.D.
(301) 435-2920

NIA Contact:
Judy Finkelstein, Ph.D.
(301) 496-9350

NIH to Host Conference on Dietary Supplement Use in the Elderly

The NIH Office of Dietary Supplements (ODS) and the National Institute on Aging (NIA) will host a conference January 14-15, 2003 to present current research about dietary supplement use by the elderly in U.S. with the goal of developing a focused research program in this area. The conference will be held at the Natcher Conference Center on the NIH campus in Bethesda, Maryland.

Dietary supplements encompass a wide range of products, including vitamins, minerals, amino acids, herbs and other botanicals, as well as a dietary substance for use to supplement the diet by increasing the total dietary intake. The amount of scientific data available on safety and efficacy of dietary supplements varies enormously, ranging from folklore to facts. For some supplements, recommended levels for the elderly have been established through extensive research and published reports, but for others, serious negative health consequences can occur, especially in relation to interactions with prescription medications.

This conference will address specifically:

Information regarding the conference agenda and registration are available at

Pre-registration is required and there is a fee to attend. Members of the media who wish to attend should contact Kelli Marciel at (301) 496-4819 or

The Office of Dietary Supplements is part of the Office of the Director, a component of the National Institutes of Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.