the Strategic Plan for 2004–2009. She is charged with implementing the plan’s goals and objectives by organizing workshops and conferences on topics of national interest in dietary supplements, conducting scientific reviews to identify gaps in scientific knowledge, and initiating and coordinating research efforts among NIH Institutes and other federal agencies. Dr. Costello also oversees the development and management of the ODS-USDA National Agricultural Library’s IBIDS database of scientific literature on dietary supplements. Prior to her NIH appointment, she was with the Food and Nutrition Board of the National Academy of Sciences, serving as Project Director for the Committee on Military Nutrition Research. From 1987 to 1996, Dr. Costello served as a Research Associate and Program Director for the Risk Factor Reduction Center, a referral center at the Washington Adventist Hospital for the detection, modification, and prevention of cardiovascular disease through dietary and/or drug interventions. She received a B.S. and M.S. in biology from the American University, Washington, D.C., and a Ph.D. in clinical nutrition from the University of Maryland at College Park. Dr. Costello maintains active membership in several nutrition societies and the American Heart Association Council on Epidemiology and Prevention. Her areas of research interest include mineral nutrition, dietary intake methodology, and dietary interventions to reduce cardiovascular disease.
Edward F. Coyle, Ph.D., serves as the director of the Human Performance Laboratory and professor in the Department of Kinesiology and Health Education at the University of Texas at Austin. Dr. Coyle’s research has focused upon the metabolic and cardiovascular factors that limit aerobic exercise performance. He is a North American delegate for the sports nutrition working group of the International Olympic Committee. Dr. Coyle has recently received the Distinguished Faculty Award for 2002 at The University of Texas at Austin. He is currently a member of the American Physiological Society, American Institute of Nutrition, American Society for Clinical Nutrition, and the American Academy of Kinesiology and Physical Education. Dr. Coyle received his Ph.D. in animal physiology from The University of Arizona.
John M. de Castro, Ph.D., serves as a professor and chair in the Department of Psychology at the University of Texas at El Paso. He previously served as the chair in the Department of Psychology at Georgia State University in Atlanta. Dr. de Castro’s research interests include the control of behavior in free-living humans; psychological, social, nutritional, genetic, and physiological determinants of microregulatory patterns; food and fluid intake regulation; obesity; bulimia nervosa; and behavior genetics. He received his Ph.D. in biopsychology at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst.
Jørn W. Helge, Ph.D., holds the title of Associate Professor at the Department of Medical Physiology, and is on the faculty of Health Sciences. He received his