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Webinar Schedule and Registration Instructions

What is a Webinar?

A webinar is a meeting you can attend without ever leaving your desk! A webinar is a meeting held with a computer linked to the Internet in combination with a teleconference. You attend the meeting using a link to the "meeting site" and a phone for the accompanying teleconference.

ODS Webinar Schedule and Agenda

ODS will hold a series of four webinars at the times and topics listed below to hear comments on and suggestions for ODS initiatives for possible inclusion in the 2010-2014 ODS Strategic Plan. The topic is taken from the four areas described in the background paper, A Report to the Public. Each webinar will begin with brief comments by a Federal partner and a stakeholder on the topic of that webinar. The remainder of each webinar will be devoted to hearing public comments. You should register in advance to make an oral comment of up to three minutes.

RESEARCH SUPPORT - Thursday, January 29, 2009, 1:00 - 2:00 pm EST
Research support is through cofunding of NIH grants, including botanical research centers, individual research grants, training, and conferences.

RESEARCH TOOLS - Tuesday, February 3, 2009, 2:00 - 3:00 pm EST
Research tools refers to the promotion and support for the development and improvement of methodologies appropriate to the scientific study of dietary supplement ingredients, including analytic methodologies and reference materials, surveys of dietary supplement use, databases to analyze survey results, and evidence-based reviews of key dietary supplements.

SCIENCE-POLICY - Wednesday, February 11, 2009, 1:00 - 2:00 pm EST
Science-policy covers current ODS collaborations to collect information on scientific issues that is needed for policy discussions. Three current collaborations include the vitamin D initiative, the use of dietary supplements by military personnel, and nutrient reference intake values.

COMMMUNICATIONS - Thursday, February 19, 2009, 2:00 - 3:00 pm EST
Communications includes outreach and education on dietary supplements through the ODS website and information developed by fact sheets, newsletters, and through databases on scientific literature and research on dietary supplements.

The webinars are open to the public with attendance limited by individual access to the Internet and phone and by the availability of open teleconference phone lines. Members of the public who wish to present oral comment should indicate this when registering for the meeting.

Registering for a Webinar

Instructions will be provided shortly. In the meantime, send an email to and indicate the webinar for which you will register.

Making an oral comment at a Webinar

Oral comments will be limited to three minutes and may be accompanied by a PowerPoint presentation provided that the presentation is submitted no later than 2 days before the scheduled webinar. Individuals who register to speak will be assigned in the order in which they registered. Due to time constraints, only one representative from each organization will be allotted time for oral presentation. If time permits, those who wish to make a brief oral statement and have not pre-registered to make a comment, will be able to do so.

Webinar archives

Archives of the webinars will be posted on the ODS Web site and may be viewed at any time. We encourage individuals unable to participate in a live webinar and all interested parties to send written comments to the Office of Dietary Supplements by mail, fax, or electronically. When mailing or faxing written comments, please provide, if possible, an electronic version via email.


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