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ODS vitamin D expert dies

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Mary Frances Picciano, director of the Office of Dietary Supplements vitamin D initiative, died Aug. 29 from cancer, the National Institutes of Health office says. Picciano, 63, was a professor of nutrition at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and at Pennsylvania State University before joining ODS as a visiting scientist in 1999. She was named a senior nutrition research scientist in 2001 and went on to lead the synthesis of research on vitamin D and evaluated its application to public health policy, ODS said. Picciano also created the ODS Research Seminar Series and the Dietary Supplement Research Practicum. In 2010, she received the American Society for Nutrition's David Kritchevsky Career Achievement Award in Nutrition

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