NIH News Release
Office of the Director

Office of Dietary Supplements

Wednesday, October 16, 2002

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

NIH Releases Annual Bibliography
of Significant Advances in Dietary Supplement Research

The Office of Dietary Supplements (ODS) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) announces the release of the third issue of the Annual Bibliography of Significant Advances in Dietary Supplement Research. Developed as a joint effort of ODS and the Consumer Healthcare Products Association (CHPA), this publication presents significant research in the dietary supplement field for the year 2001.

"ODS is pleased to release the 2001 Bibliography. The response to the 1999 and 2000 Bibliographies has been so positive that we are continuing the series with a third edition. Interest and use of dietary supplements continues to be prevalent in the United States population, which heightens the importance of sound scientific research in this field," said Paul M. Coates, Ph.D., Director of ODS. "This bibliography provides an excellent opportunity to give well-deserved recognition to those scientists conducting dietary supplement research."

For the 2001 issue of the Annual Bibliography, ODS and CHPA received over 250 original research article nominations from 34 peer-reviewed journals. An international team of expert reviewers in the fields of nutrition and botanical sciences and public health reviewed and ranked the articles. The top 25 articles were selected for publication. The articles for the 2001 bibliography included research in the following areas:

New this year in the Bibliography are the two lists of citations of papers from the 1999 and 2000 Annual Bibliographies. The lists will allow the reader to see trends in dietary supplement research over the last three years and to follow up in areas of interest.

"The ODS is delighted to partner again with CHPA on this publication that highlights significant research on dietary supplements and their role in health maintenance. We are also greatly indebted to our team of scientific reviewers who assisted us in the compilation of this year's Bibliography," said Rebecca B. Costello, Ph.D., Deputy Director of ODS. "We envision that this bibliography will serve as a useful reference source for students, nutrition and health professionals, educators, and health communicators, as well as the scientists who conduct the research."

Copies of the third Annual Bibliography of Significant Advances in Dietary Supplement Research may be downloaded from the ODS website at

Single copies may also be requested from ODS by phone (301-435-2920) or email (

The Office of Dietary Supplements was established at NIH in November 1995 as a result of the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act passed by Congress in 1994. The mission of ODS is to strengthen knowledge and understanding of dietary supplements by evaluating scientific information, stimulating and supporting research, disseminating research results, and educating the public to foster an enhanced quality of life and health for the U.S. population. For additional information about ODS, please visit

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