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Strong Presence On The Hill Needed Now, Not When Hearings Start - Panelists

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Rep. Henry Waxman, D-Calif., will hold hearings on dietary supplements, lobbyists Jack Martin and Ed Long confirmed. "The question ... is are you going to get active the day you get your subpoena or do you want to start getting active right now.

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NCCAM names director of research division: The National Institutes of Health's National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine appoints Emmeline Edwards director of the Division of Extramural Research, a unit that develops and oversees center-funded research and coordinates with other NIH research efforts, NCCAM says in a Jan. 19 release. Edwards most recently served in the same position at the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, where she oversaw NINDS-funded research programs. "Her background and her proven expertise in the oversight of basic and applied research will prove invaluable" to the center, NCCAM Director Josephine Briggs said. Before joining NIH, Edwards was program director for behavior neuroscience at the National Science Foundation, as well as a faculty member in the University of Maryland's Pharmacology and Neuroscience Programs. Edwards said her work has been "highly interdisciplinary and included the integration of basic, translational and clinical research - this will be particularly helpful in organizing and structuring types of research supported by NCCAM to build a strong evidence base for CAM modalities.

People In Brief

NCCAM names director of research division: The National Institutes of Health's National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine appoints Emmeline Edwards director of the Division of Extramural Research, a unit that develops and oversees center-funded research and coordinates with other NIH research efforts, NCCAM says in a Jan. 19 release. Edwards most recently served in the same position at the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, where she oversaw NINDS-funded research programs. "Her background and her proven expertise in the oversight of basic and applied research will prove invaluable" to the center, NCCAM Director Josephine Briggs said. Before joining NIH, Edwards was program director for behavior neuroscience at the National Science Foundation, as well as a faculty member in the University of Maryland's Pharmacology and Neuroscience Programs. Edwards said her work has been "highly interdisciplinary and included the integration of basic, translational and clinical research - this will be particularly helpful in organizing and structuring types of research supported by NCCAM to build a strong evidence base for CAM modalities.

Hearings May Probe FDA Enforcement Of Supplement “Bad Actors” – Pallone

Possible House Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee hearings would likely focus on what is needed to improve FDA enforcement against "bad actors" for violations of the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act of 1994, according to Rep. Frank Pallone, D-N.J

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