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The Workshop: CRN's Day of Science offers a full day of focused, high-level scientific sessions on some of the most timely topics in the dietary supplement and nutrition ingredient arena.

The Workshop begins with a continental breakfast Wednesday, October 26, at 8 am, with sessions through 4:30 pm and a networking reception in the evening beginning at 7 pm.

Agenda (subject to change)

8:00 – 9:00 am
Continental Breakfast

9:00 – 9:15 am
Opening remarks
Casey Vanous, Ph.D.
Director, Product Science, Worldwide R&D and Scientific Affairs, Herbalife
Vice-Chair, CRN Senior Scientific Advisory Council (SSAC)

9:15 – 9:45 am
The intestinal microbiome, barrier function, and immune system
David L. Suskind, M.D.
Director of Clinical Gastroenterology, Seattle Children’s Hospital
Professor of Pediatrics, University of Washington

9:45 – 10:15 am
Integrative health: The role of supplements in mental health care
Peter Bongiorno, N.D.
Co-Director, InnerSource Natural Health and Acupuncture, PC

10:15 – 10:35 am

10:35 – 11:05 am
Natural product-drug interaction research: The roadmap to best practices
Mary F. Paine, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, College of Pharmacy, Washington State University

11:05 – 11:35 am
EGCG: Friend or foe?
Andrew Shao, Ph.D
Vice President, Global Nutrition Policy, Herbalife

11:35 am – 12:05 pm
Using scientific evidence to integrate dietary supplements into conventional medical practice
Robert Bonakdar, MD, FAAFP, FACN
Director of Pain Management,
Co-Director, Scripps Natural Supplements: An Evidence Based Update
Scripps Center for Integrative Medicine

12:05 – 1:30 pm

1:30 – 2:00 pm
Understanding the evidence for omega-3 efficacy
William Lands, Ph.D.
Fellow, American Society for Nutrition, Member,
American Association for the Advancement of Science


2:00 – 2:30 pm
Magnesium supplementation: Why, how much, and how long?
Andrea Rosanoff, Ph.D.
Director, Research & Science Information Outreach,
Center for Magnesium Education and Research

2:30 – 3:00 pm
Dietary fiber and the new Nutrition Facts label
Joanne L. Slavin, Ph.D., R.D.
Professor, Department of Food Science and Nutrition, University of Minnesota

3:00 – 3:20 pm

3:20 – 3:50 pm
Advances in dietary supplement science
DeAnn Liska, Ph.D.
Senior Director, Nutrition & Scientific Affairs, Biofortis Nutrition Research

3:50 – 4:20 pm
Obesity, physical inactivity, and the role of dietary supplements
David C. Nieman, Dr.PH, FACSM
Professor and Director, Human Performance Lab, North Carolina Research Campus, Appalachian State University

4:20 – 4:30 pm
Closing Remarks
Duffy MacKay, N.D.
Senior Vice President, Scientific & Regulatory Affairs,
Council for Responsible Nutrition

7:00 pm
Networking Reception
Sponsored by Herbalife