Bethesda, MD–Following a nationwide search, Joana Rosario, M.D., M.P.H., has been appointed the first international program director of the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM), a component of the National Institutes of Health (NIH).
“NCCAM’s mandate to embark on a broad-based international research program that reaches out to pursue the most important complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) research opportunities around the world led to the establishment of the Office of International Health Research,” said Dr. Stephen E. Straus, M.D., NCCAM Director. “Dr. Rosario’s appointment comes at a crucial time when the public’s interest in and use of CAM therapies on an international scale has burgeoned–creating new opportunities to conduct research and collaborate with other countries.”
As director of NCCAM’s International Program, Dr. Rosario will develop a long-range plan for CAM research on a global scale, and based upon this strategic vision, she will direct and oversee a multifaceted international portfolio of research grants and contracts involving the safety, efficacy, and mechanisms underlying diverse CAM modalities.
Previously at the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS), Dr. Rosario will bring to NCCAM her experience in planning and implementing clinical studies in both developed and developing countries. Her research interests included stroke, memory impairment, mercury contamination, and HTLV-I associated neurologic diseases. Dr. Rosario remarked, “I am honored to be joining the NCCAM at a critical time when scientific opportunities for complementary and alternative medicine are expanding rapidly on a global scale. I look forward to working with the NCCAM staff, collaborating with researchers and practitioners as well as the public to further the NCCAM mission.”
Dr. Rosario received her medical degree in 1978 from the University of Porto, Portugal. She practiced medicine for 2 years in Macau before undertaking her residency in neurology at the University of Lisbon, Portugal. She was a stroke fellow at the University of Western Ontario, Canada, in 1987, and was board certified with honors in neurology in 1988. Dr. Rosario completed her Master in Public Health degree (epidemiology) in 1989 at the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health, Baltimore, Maryland. In the United States, she served on the faculty at the Mayo Clinic, the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, and the University of Maryland School of Medicine.
Among her honors and awards, Dr. Rosario received the NIH Merit and Achievement Awards in 1999 and 2000, while at the NINDS. As a clinician, investigator, and educator, she has 20 years of working experience in five continents: Africa, Asia, Europe, North America, and South America. Dr. Rosario adds to her considerable clinical and research credentials fluency in five languages–Cantonese, English, French, Portuguese, and Spanish, which should greatly facilitate her role as NCCAM global research emissary.
Dr. Rosario assumed her new position on June 17, 2001.