Dietary Reference Intakes Research Synthesis: Workshop Summary


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 The Dietary Refence Intakes (DRIs) are quantitative reference values for recommended intakes and safe upper levels of intake of nutrients. The DRI reports implement an approach that (a) reviews nutrients for their role in elimination of nutritional deficiencies and reduction of risk of chronic diseases and (b) uses a risk assessment model to evaluate the extent to which excess consumption may lead to health problems.

Given the broad use of the DRIs, it is important that knowledge gaps and research needs be clearly articulated so that mechanisms to fill them can be developed. The sponsoring agencies are interested in promoting a clear understanding of knowledge gaps and research needs and asked the Institute of Medicine (IOM) to organize a workshop to develop and discuss important aspects of the research recommendations and to develop a searchable database of the research recommendations.

The IOM's Food and Nutrition Board convened a two-day workshop on June 7-8, 2006 to engage expert research scientists and nutrition practitioners from government, academia, and industry, and others in discussion on issues related to knowledge gaps and research needs in developing and advancing the DRIs.  The workshop provided a venue for hearing and discussing experts' perspectives on the research recommendations identified in the DRI reports.

Dietary Reference Intake Research Synthesis: Workshop Summary is a summary of the two-day workshop.