Paul M. Coates, Ph.D., directs the Office of Dietary Supplements (ODS) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in its mission to strengthen knowledge and understanding of dietary supplements. Through a range of initiatives made possible by an energetic and deeply knowledgeable staff, he has established ODS as a strong and authoritative voice for rigorous science in dietary supplements and related areas of nutrition. ODS addresses many of the issues in dietary supplements, from the evaluation of the literature to supporting and conducting science, and translating the results of that work into reliable and effective information for the public. In 2011, he received the Conrad A. Elvehjem Award from the American Society for Nutrition (ASN) for public service in nutrition. In 2013, he was made a Fellow of the ASN and currently serves as a member of the ASN Board. He is lead editor of the Encyclopedia of Dietary Supplements, now in its second edition, and associate editor of the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. Prior to his career at NIH, he was on the faculty of the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. His Ph.D. in human genetics was awarded by Queen's University in Canada, followed by postdoctoral training in the Department of Human Genetics and Biometry at University College London.