The National Toxicology Program (NTP) is hosting an Expert Panel meeting on “Identifying Research Needs for Assessing Safe Use of High Intakes of Folic Acid”. The meeting will be held May 11-12, at the Natcher Conference Center, National Institutes of Health (NIH) campus, Bethesda, MD.
Teratology Society member, Dr. James L. Mills, Senior Biomedical Research Service Scientist with the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Insitute of Child Health and Human Development, NIH, is serving on the Expert Panel.
Teratology Society member Dr. Gary Shaw, Stanford University, will be the first speaker at the meeting, giving an overview of the "Role of Folic Acid in Birth Defects Prevention."
The expert panel is charged to conduct a state‐of‐science evaluation for four general health effect categories to identify areas for further research. To address this charge, the expert panel will:
- Identify the areas of consistency and areas of uncertainty in the available science;
- Identify research needs based on review of the available science;
- Propose research approaches for addressing the research needs and gaps in the available science.
The panel will be divided into four subpanels, one for each health effect category: A) cancer; B) cognition in conjunction with vitamin B12 deficiency; C) thyroid- and diabetes‐related disorders; D) hypersensitivity-‐related outcomes. Each subpanel will evaluate the literature assembled for its health effect category.
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