International Workshop Seeks To Validate Benefits Of Omega-3 Fatty Acids
From: Dr. Herbert Woolf of BASF Corporation, 973-426-5378, e-mail: email@example.com
WASHINGTON, April 17 -- An expert workshop will further expand the wealth of data recently published (Journal of the American Medical Association; April 10, 2002, The New England Journal of Medicine; April 11, 2002) that increasing the intake of fish containing long-chained polyunsaturated fatty acids, more commonly known as "omega-3 fatty acids," can have a dramatic effect on reducing the risk of sudden death due to cardiovascular disease which currently kills about 250,000 Americans a year.
The International Workshop on "Omega-3 Fatty Acids and Primary Prevention of Coronary Heart Disease," May 5-6, 2002, will feature world-renowned experts in the field of omega-3 nutrition. They will convene in Montreal, Canada to discuss the appropriateness of undertaking a major randomized clinical study to validate the positive findings of recent studies and hundreds of other research reports over the past three decades.
The underlying question to be addressed by the experts will be whether a quantifiable increase of omega-3s in the American diet, either by increased fish consumption as now suggested by the American Heart Association, dietary supplementation, or consuming foods fortified with omega-3 oils, will have meaningful health benefits for the general population. If the Workshop consensus is positive, a study design will be proposed and presented for consideration to the National Institutes of Health. Positive outcomes from a clinical study of this scope and design could result in establishing the basis of a recommended dietary intake requirement, as well as providing validation of the proposed health claim, "Omega-3 fatty acids may reduce the risk of coronary heart disease in the general population." Last year, the U.S. Congress recommended that the Office of the Director of the National Institutes of Health begin an assessment of the health benefits of omega-3 fatty acid consumption.
This Workshop is being co-sponsored by the Omega-3 Research Institute, Inc. Bethesda, Md. and William S. Harris, Ph.D., Mid America Heart Institute, Kansas City, Mo.
This workshop will be made possible by the financial support of BASF Corporation, Ocean Nutrition Canada, The Procter & Gamble Company, and Roche Vitamins, Inc.
Workshop: International Workshop on "Omega-3 Fatty Acids and Primary Prevention of Coronary Heart Disease, May 5-6, 2002 Delta Centre-Ville Hotel, Montreal, Quebec, Canada (A Satellite Meeting of the ISSFAL 2002 (International Society for the Study of Fatty Acids and Lipids))