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NCCAM presents Natural Products: Drugs and Medicines for All Reasons and All Seasons

News Advisory
Virginia Tech Researcher to speak at NIH on cancer and natural products

For Immediate Release:

Wednesday, November 28, 2012


NCCAM Press Office

What:  David G.I. Kingston, Ph.D., University Distinguished Professor, Director, Virginia Tech Center for Drug Discovery, Department of Chemistry at the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, will be the featured speaker for the fourth annual Stephen E. Straus Distinguished Lecture in the Science of Complementary Health Therapies. Dr. Kingston’s lecture is entitled Natural Products: Drugs and Medicines for All Reasons and All Seasons.

Why:  People with cancer want to do everything they can to combat the disease, manage its symptoms, and cope with the side effects of treatment. Many turn to complementary health approaches, including natural products—such as botanical (herbal) and other dietary supplements. Studies have found that cancer patients who use these practices usually do not expect them to cure their disease. Rather, they hope to boost their immune system, relieve pain, or manage the side effects they are experiencing from the disease or its treatment. This lecture will focus on the approach to natural products research, with an emphasis on cancer.

When:   Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2012, 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. EST

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

More information:  Details are available on NCCAM’s website at Sign language interpretation will be provided; for other reasonable accommodation call Prachi Patel at 301-594-1030.

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.

The National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health's mission is to define, through rigorous scientific investigation, the usefulness and safety of complementary and integrative health approaches and their roles in improving health and health care. For additional information, call NCCIH’s Clearinghouse toll free at 1-888-644-6226. Follow us on Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube.

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