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Harvard Researcher To Speak at NIH on the Promise of Traditional Therapies

For Immediate Release:

Wednesday, December 8, 2010


NCCAM Press Office

NCCAM Presents “Promise for the Future in Yesterday’s Remedies: Traditional Therapies to Modern Medicine”

What: Vikas P. Sukhatme, M.D., Ph.D., the Victor J. Aresty Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School, and Chief Academic Officer at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center will be the featured speaker for the Second Annual Stephen E. Straus Distinguished Lecture in the Science of Complementary and Alternative Medicine. Dr. Sukhatme's lecture is entitled “Promise for the Future in Yesterday's Remedies: Traditional Therapies to Modern Medicine.”

Why: Traditional medicines (or complementary therapies) have a long history of use and may offer viable options in addressing the symptoms of a variety of conditions. Among these traditional approaches is lifestyle manipulation—specifically dietary adjustments and stress reduction/control—that shows promise in treating certain forms of cancer. Though more research is needed, Dr. Sukhatme will discuss the importance and benefits of studying existing traditional therapies for application to medical conditions.

When: Wednesday, December 15, 2010, 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. EST

Where: National Institutes of Health, Building 10, 10 Center Drive, Bethesda, Maryland. Lecture: Lipsett Amphitheater

More information: Details are available on NCCAM's website at Sign language interpretation will be provided; for other reasonable accommodation call Karen Davison at 301-984-7191.

Who Should Attend: The event is free and open to the public.

Hosts: Presented by NCCAM and supported by the Foundation for the National Institutes of Health with a generous gift from Bernard and Barbro Osher.