Since September 2005, the Nutritional Sciences Research Group, under an interagency agreement, has served as the coordinator of the National Food and Nutrient Analysis Program (NFNAP).
The program, based at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), and involving several agencies from the Department of Health and Human Services, including the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the Indian Health Service (HIS), provides basic information about the nutrient content of highly consumed foods and dietary supplements in the United States. Nearly 850 food items have been sampled and analyzed in the last 7 years, since the program began.
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) are likewise represented, including various institutes (such as the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, the National Institute on Aging, the National Eye Institute, the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, and the National Institutes of Child Health and Human Development), and Offices such as the Office of Research on Women’s Health, and the Office of Dietary Supplements. See slides on NFNAP:
The DHHS-USDA collaboration focuses on the content of bioactive food components (both essential and non-essential) that are consumed as foods or dietary supplements. These components, such as Vitamin D and transfatty acids, will be characterized and measured for their content and contribution to total daily intake. The goals of the NFNAP are to:
- Institute a monitoring program for Key foods and critical nutrients
- Conduct a comprehensive analysis of selected Key Foods
- Develop databases for high priority foods consumed by U.S. ethnic subpopulations
- Develop and expand databases for selected bioactive components
- Develop a validated database for ingredients in dietary supplements
A key aspect of the DHHS' partnership with USDA calls for the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention to help complete the database of key foods that contribute approximately 80% of the U.S. national intake of nutrients critical for public health. Under the program, the USDA Nutrient Data Laboratory (NDL) will sample, analyze and monitor key foods; develop and update food databases on ethnic subpopulations; bioactive components; and dietary supplements.
NDL is responsible for developing USDA's National Nutrient Database for Standard Reference, the foundation of most food and nutrition databases in the U.S., used in food policy, research and nutrition monitoring. See slides on the NIH Dietary Supplements Database Update:
More information can be found online at:
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The National Cancer Institute contracts with Midwest Research Institute (MRI) and Chemsyn Science Laboratories (CSL) to operate repositories which supply standard reference - grade compounds for cancer research. The major goal of the repositories is to provide well - characterized reference standard materials, analytical data, and health and safety information to the carcinogenesis research community.
Available for distribution through the repository are:
- over 1300 chemical carcinogens (benzopyrenes and heterocyclic amines) and chemopreventive agents
- chemical biomarkers (DNA and protein adducts)
- molecular epidemiology standards and chemical metabolites
This resource supports world-wide research programs as well as intramural NCI principal investigators.
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For those who wish to perform searches on grants specific to your interest in nutrition, please see the links below:
- ClinicalTrials.gov - ClinicalTrials.gov provides regularly updated information about federally and privately supported clinical research in human volunteers. ClinicalTrials.gov gives you information about a trial's purpose, who may participate, locations, and phone numbers.
- NIH RePORTer - Reports, Data and Analyses of NIH Research Activities
- Human Nutrition Research Information Management database - A searchable database of nutrition research and research training activities supported by the federal government.
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