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NCCIH Timeline



  • Original NCCAM logo

    October 1998

    Congress authorizes making the Office of Alternative Medicine (OAM) into an independent Center at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), called the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM).

  • A photo of somebody in a lab coat.

    May 1999

    NCCAM awards its first research project grant.

  • Group photo of NCCAM’s Advisory Council

    August 1999

    NCCAM’s Advisory Council is chartered.

  • Photo of Dr. Straus

    October 1999

    Dr. Stephen E. Straus becomes the first Director of NCCAM.


  • Photo of the cover of the document

    September 2000

    NCCAM publishes its first 5-year strategic plan.

  • PubMed logo

    February 2001

    NCCAM and the National Library of Medicine launch CAM on PubMed, a tool for searching the scientific literature for information on complementary health approaches.

  • Photo of the St. John’s wort plant.

    April 2002

    A clinical trial funded by NCCAM, the National Institute of Mental Health, and the NIH Office of Dietary Supplements finds that the herb St. John’s wort was no more effective than a placebo for major depression of moderate severity.

  • Bar graph of CAM uses by U.S. adults - 2002

    May 2004

    NCCAM and the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) announce findings from a 2002 national survey that showed about 36% of American adults use complementary health approaches. This survey, a supplement to the 2002 National Health Interview Survey, was the most comprehensive assessment of the American public’s use of complementary health approaches up to that time.

  • Photo of acupuncture

    December 2004

    A clinical trial funded by NCCAM and the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS) finds that acupuncture relieved pain and improved function in people with osteoarthritis of the knee.

  • Photo of report or IOM logo

    January 2005

    The Institute of Medicine releases a report, Complementary and Alternative Medicine in the United States, requested by NCCAM and its Federal partners.

  • Photo of document

    February 2005

    NCCAM publishes its second 5-year strategic plan..

  • Photo of a knee joint

    February 2006

    The Glucosamine/chondroitin Arthritis Intervention Trial (GAIT), a multicenter study supported by NCCAM and NIAMS, shows that glucosamine and chondroitin supplements did not provide significant relief from knee osteoarthritis pain in the total group of study participants. However, pain relief was observed in a subgroup of participants with moderate-to-severe pain.

  •  Photo of Dr. Kirschstein

    November 2006

    Dr. Straus steps down as NCCAM Director, and Dr. Ruth L. Kirschstein becomes Acting Director of NCCAM.

  • Photo of a doctor and patient.

    May 2007

    NCCAM establishes an Integrative Medicine Consult Service at the NIH Clinical Center.

  • Photo of Dr. Briggs

    January 2008

    Dr. Josephine P. Briggs becomes the second Director of NCCAM.

  • Bar graph CAM Use by Race/Ethnicity Among Adults — 2007

    December 2008

    NCCAM and the NCHS announce findings from the 2007 National Health Interview Survey, including the first comprehensive data on children’s use of complementary health approaches.


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