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Webinar Schedule and Attendance 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
Meeting room URL: (Choose "Enter as a guest" to sign in.)
Research support is through cofunding of NIH grants, including botanical research centers, individual research grants, training, and conferences.

Brief presentations from:
Public Partner Presenter: Connie Weaver, Ph.D., Director, Botanical Research Center, Purdue University
Federal Partner Presenter: Jack Killen, M.D., Deputy Director, National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, NIH, DHHS
Public Partner Commentator: Michael McIntosh, Ph.D. R.D., Lucy S. Keker, Excellence Professor in the Department of Nutrition, University of North Carolina, Greensboro
Federal Partner Commentator: John Milner, Ph.D., Chief, Nutritional Science Research Group, Division of Cancer Prevention, National Cancer Institute, NIH, DHHS

RESEARCH TOOLS - Tuesday, February 3, 2009, 2:00 - 3:00 pm EST
Meeting room URL: (Choose "Enter as a guest" to sign in.)
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.

Brief presentations from:
Public Partner Presenter: Neal Craft, Ph.D., President, Craft Technologies, Inc., a nutritional analysis laboratory
Federal Partner Presenter: Joanne Holden, M.S., Supervisory Nutritionist, Agriculture Research Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture
Public Partner Commentator: Joseph Lau, M.D., Professor of Medicine, in the Institute for Clinical Research and Health Policy Studies at Tufts Medical Center
Public Partner Commentator: Lisa Harnack, Dr.P.H., R.D., M.P.H., Associate Professor, Director, Nutrition Coordinating Center, University of Minnesota School of Public Health

SCIENCE-POLICY - Wednesday, February 11, 2009, 1:00 - 2:00 pm EST
Meeting room URL: (Choose "Enter as a guest" to sign in.)
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.

Brief presentations from:
Public Partner Presenter: Christine L. Taylor, PhD, RD, Scholar, Food and Nutrition Board, Institute of Medicine, National Academies of Sciences
Federal Partner Presenter: Joan McGowan, Ph.D., Director, Division of Musculoskeletal Diseases, National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases, NIH, DHHS
Public Partner Commentator: Barry Shane, Ph.D., Professor and Nutritionist, Agricultural Experiment Station, University of California, Berkley
Federal Partner Commentator: Vasilios (Bill) Frankos, Ph.D., Director, Division of Dietary Supplement Programs, Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition, U.S. Food and Drug Administration, DHHS

COMMMUNICATIONS - Thursday, February 19, 2009, 2:00 - 3:00 pm EST
Meeting room URL: (Choose "Enter as a guest" to sign in.)
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.

Brief presentations from:
Public Partner Presenter: Patsy Brannon, Ph.D., R.D., Professor, Department of Nutritional Sciences in the College of Human Ecology at Cornell University
Public Partner Presenter: Susan Borra, R.D., Executive Vice President and Managing Director of Nutrition, Food & Wellness at Edelman, an independent global PR firm
Federal Partner Presenter: Janet Austin, Ph.D., Director, Office of Communication and Public Liaison, National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases, NIH, DHHS

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

Although you can attend the webinar simply by pasting the URL in your web browser, registering in advance is strongly encouraged so that we can send you reminders and to schedule for your oral comments, should you wish to make them. Simply send an email to and indicate the webinar(s) for which you want to register. You can indicate the title or date. When signing into a webinar, please choose "Enter as a guest." If you will be dialing from a phone outside of the U.S., you must register in advance to get instructions. These instructions are not needed for domestic calls.

Testing Your Computer for Compatibility

Connect to:
Our webinar is hosted through the NIH Web Collaboration service using Adobe Connect Professional. Some suggestions if you have access problems:
  • Be sure you are connected to the Internet.
  • Disable popup blocker software.
  • Clear the browser's cache.
  • Try connecting from another computer.

Attending a Webinar

Note the URL above for your session.
  1. A few minutes before the meeting is to begin, click on the URL or paste it into your browser.
  2. You will be asked to enter your name as a guest to login to the session.
  3. The system may report that your name has been submitted for acceptance. We will open the system to accept all guests at once about 15 minutes before the webinar formally begins, so be patient if you are early.
  4. When we open the meeting to guests, you will be prompted for your telephone number for the teleconference portion and the system will phone you. Note that the number of phone connections is limited (about 125). While we do not expect to exceed that number, if we do and you are not among the first 125, you will be able to see the presentation but not hear it. Note: all guests will be muted unless arrangements are made to make comments (see below).

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.


This page was last modified on Monday, January 26, 2009.

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