“Critical Path” for Food and Nutrition. Science Board November 5, 2004 Alan M. Rulis. FDA recently released a “Critical Path” paper: . “Challenge and Opportunity on the Critical Path to New Medical Products” http://www.fda.gov/oc/initiatives/criticalpath/whitepaper.html.
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“Critical Path” for Food and Nutrition
November 5, 2004
Alan M. Rulis
“Challenge and Opportunity on the Critical Path to New Medical Products”
“PROGRESS ON THE PATHWAY TO HEALTHIER CONSUMERS”
IDENTIFYING AND FILLING CRITICAL FOOD AND NUTRITION RESEARCH, TECHNOLOGY AND INFORMATION GAPS
A decade ago, the National Academy of Sciences foresaw potential advances in nutrition and food sciences as among the most important determinants in advancing public health and recommended five areas/themes in which research should be focused:
NAS Research Recommendations:
(“Opportunities in the Nutrition and Food Sciences: Research Challenges and the Next Generation of Investigators,” National Academy Press (1994))
SOMETIMES A PICTURE IS WORTH A THOUSAND WORDS…
New products, e.g. biotech enhanced foods, dietary supplements, infant formulas, etc.
New safety questions
Microbial, Nutritional, Toxicological, etc.
Consumer understanding and behavior changes
Appropriate Validated Biomarkers
Includes development of effective scientific and social knowledge base as well as holistic analysis of risks and benefits.