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Update on Nutrition Research Methodologies: A Selective Review

Costello, Rebecca Bortz PhD; Loria, Catherine M. PhD; Lau, Joseph MD; Sacks, Frank M. MD; Yetley, Elizabeth A. PhD

doi: 10.1097/NT.0b013e318212d4b9
Continuing Education

This review is a synopsis from a recent symposium entitled "Update on Nutrition Research Methodologies" presented at the American College of Nutrition's Annual Meeting in Orlando, in October 2009. The speakers provided an overview of new handheld and Web-based dietary assessment tools and their application to clinical and epidemiologic studies, identified key features and attributes for comparative effectiveness studies in nutrition, identified how to critique the literature on nutrition and dietary supplements and apply the principles of evidence-based reviews to their research, and examined the level of evidence needed to support the development of public health policy for nutrients and dietary supplements

Some recent developments on methods in nutrition research

Rebecca Bortz Costello, PhD, is the director of Grants and Extramural Activities at the Office of Dietary Supplements, National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Bethesda, Maryland.

Catherine M. Loria, PhD, is with the Division of Population and Prevention Science, National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute at the NIH.

Joseph Lau, MD, is professor of Medicine and Clinical Research at Tufts Medical School and adjunct professor at the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University, Boston, Massachusetts.

Frank M. Sacks, MD, is professor of Cardiovascular Disease Prevention at the Department of Nutrition, Harvard School of Public Health, Boston, Massachusetts.

Elizabeth A. Yetley, PhD, is a senior nutrition scientist (retired) with the Office of Dietary Supplements, NIH.

None of the authors have any conflicts of interest to disclose.

Correspondence: Rebecca Bortz Costello, PhD, National Institutes of Health, 6100 Executive Blvd, 3B01, Bethesda, MD (

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