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2012 Symposium Speaker

Kathleen Ellwood, Ph.D.
Formerly with U.S. Food and Drug Administration and Department of Agriculture, USA

Dr. Kathleen Ellwood is an adjunct professor at the College of Southern Maryland and a senior science consultant in which she provides scientific and regulatory advice to the conventional food and dietary supplement industry.  She retired from Federal service where she was the Director of the Division of Nutrition Programs, Office of Nutrition, Labeling, and Dietary Supplements, Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (CFSAN), at the Food and Drug Administration.  She was responsible for the development of policies, regulations, position papers, regulatory guidelines, and advisory opinions on issues related to nutrition and nutrition labeling (e.g., health claims, nutrient content claims, updating Nutrition Facts), dietary recommendations, food fortification, and related nutrition science issues.  She was the lead scientist for nutrition at CFSAN.  Prior to this Dr. Ellwood was the National Program Leader for Human Nutrition with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Agricultural Research Service (ARS).  In this position she provided strategic planning and guidance for the ARS human nutrition research program. Prior to joining ARS, she was the Director of the Human Nutrition and the Food Safety programs for USDA’s Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service (CSREES).  Dr. Ellwood has held research positions at FDA, CFSAN and USDA, ARS.  She received her B.S. in biology from Old Dominion University, M.S. in animal science and Ph.D. in nutritional biochemistry from the University of Maryland.  Dr. Ellwood is a member of several professional societies and has numerous publications.