Omega-3 Community of Practice

May 24, 2012 Print Friendly and PDF

The Omega-3 community of practice was initiated by members of NC-1039 (a multi-state research project entitled: N- 3 Polyunsaturated Fatty Acids and Human Health and Disease), and much of its leadership is drawn from this working group. The idea to form a CoP resulted from a needs assessment that strongly suggested a benefit to the public from valid, reliable, information available in practical and easily understood information regarding omega-3 fats (n-3s). The members of NC-1039 seemed to be the logical choice for spear-heading this work. The leadership team of this CoP include:

  1. Dr. Debra M. Palmer, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
  2. Deepika Bangia, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
  3. Dr. Marry Harris, Colorado State University
  4. Dr. Concetta C. DiRusso, University of Nebraska, Lincoln
  5. Dr. Kate Claycombe, USDA, ARS, Grand Forks, North Dakota
  6. Dr. Jay Whelan, University of Tennessee


The information has all been written by leading scientists in the field of omega-3s and human nutrition. All the content has gone through rigorous reviews and is trustworthy and easy to understand. This website content is tailored to indicate the degree to which omega-3 claims have good science to back it up and clarifies what types of foods and supplements best ensure good health.
Our goal is to  help educate consumers, health professionals and Extension staff about the different kinds of omega -3s, their uses, their health benefits, and how to comfortably work them into their diets.
For more information please contact, Deepika Bangia, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey at 732-932-3779 or

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This work is supported by the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture, New Technologies for Ag Extension project.