Center for Nutraceutical and Dietary Supplement Research


Welcome to the Center for Nutraceutical and Dietary Supplement Research (CNDSR) in the College of Health Sciences at the University of Memphis.

The mission of the Center is to investigate botanical agents, dietary ingredients and finished dietary supplements in terms of safety and efficacy, through the use of cell culture experiments, animal studies and human clinical trials.

Dr. Richard J. Bloomer serves as the director of the Center, having close to 20 years of experience working directly with dietary ingredients and supplements—both as a scientist evaluating products and as a consumer using products. He has published extensively in this area and has given talks at national and international meetings focused on natural products. In addition to Dr. Bloomer, multiple scientists are affiliated with the Center, collectively possessing expertise in assay design, cell culture experiments, pre-clinical animal studies, human clinical trials and human pharmacokinetic studies.

A particular strength of the Center is the ability for scientists to perform both safety and efficacy experiments using raw materials, isolated ingredients and finished dietary supplements. This includes pharmacokinetic evaluations of new and existing ingredients, in addition to assay development using technology such as HPLC, GC/MS, LC/MS and other platforms. Studies can be performed using both animal models and human subjects, as well as cell culture. Please view our personnel page for additional information on those individuals who may be of assistance to you and your company.

A variety of services are offered through the Center, as can be seen by clicking here. For additional information or to schedule a call to discuss how we might be of service to you and your company, please contact us.