Roseline Hooks wrote to me from the National Institutes of Health Office of Medical Applications of Research. And it sounds exciting for the technically-mnded among you.
I thought your readers might be interested to know about an upcoming NIH state-of-the-science conference sponsored by the National Human Genome Research Institute and the NIH Office of Medical Applications of Research:
Lactose Intolerance and Health
February 22-24, 2010
The purpose of the conference is to evaluate the available scientific information on lactose intolerance and health and to develop a statement that advances understanding of the issue under consideration and will be useful to health professionals and the public.
* What is the prevalence of lactose intolerance, and how does this prevalence differ by race, ethnicity, and age?
* What are the health outcomes of dairy exclusion diets?
* What amount of daily lactose intake is tolerable in subjects with diagnosed lactose intolerance?
* What strategies are effective in managing individuals with diagnosed lactose intolerance?
* What are the future research needs for understanding and managing lactose intolerance?
What happens at an NIH state-of-the-science conference?
* At the conference, invited experts will present information pertinent to these questions, and a systematic literature review prepared under contract with the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) will be summarized.
* Conference attendees will have ample time to ask questions and provide statements during open discussion periods.
* After weighing the scientific evidence, an unbiased, independent panel will prepare and present a consensus statement addressing the key conference questions.
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I hope that you will share this conference with your readers.
I've already registered. Even if I can't get away to go, I hope to monitor some of the webcasts and look at the conference statement. I'll share as much as I can with all of you.