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2002 Press Releases

NCCAM Announces Opportunities for New Research Centers on Complementary and Alternative Medicine

NCCAM will establish new centers for research on CAM. This initiative includes three companion programs: Centers of Excellence for Research on CAM; Developmental Centers for Research on CAM; and Planning Grants for International Centers for Research on CAM.

Leading Medical Anthropologist to Speak at NCCAM's Distinguished Lecture Series

Arthur Kleinman, M.D., Esther and Sydney Rabb Professor of Anthropology, Department of Anthropology, Harvard University will present “The Global Transformation of Health Care: Cultural and Ethical Challenges to Medicine.”

NIH Announces Institute of Medicine Study of Complementary and Alternative Medicine

NCCAM and 16 Federal co-sponsors announce the launch of an Institute of Medicine (IOM) study of the scientific and policy implications of the use of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) by the American public.

NCCAM Welcomes Six New Members To Advisory Council

NCCAM welcomes six new members to its National Advisory Council on Complementary and Alternative Medicine. The Council is the principal advisory group to NCCAM, a component of the National Institutes of Health.

NIH Launches Large Clinical Trial on EDTA Chelation Therapy for Coronary Artery Disease

NCCAM and the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI), components of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), have launched the first large-scale clinical trial to determine the safety and efficacy of EDTA chelation therapy in individuals with coronary artery disease, the leading cause of death for both men and women in the United States.

Preeminent Medical Historian To Speak at Inaugural Complementary and Alternative Medicine Lecture

Harvard University history professor Charles E. Rosenberg, Ph.D.will speak at NCCAM’s new lecture series highlighting key issues regarding complementary and alternative medical practices, an approach millions of Americans are exploring to satisfy their personal health needs.

Electroacupuncture Trial Is NCCAM's First Intramural Study

NCCAM’s first intramural trial will study use of electroacupuncture to treat chemotherapy-induced delayed nausea.

NCCAM Launches Redesigned Web Site

NCCAM announces the launch of its newly redesigned Web site,, which houses an array of information on complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) practices and research.

Study Shows St. John's Wort Ineffective for Major Depression of Moderate Severity

An extract of the herb St. John’s wort was no more effective for treating major depression of moderate severity than placebo, according to research published in the April 10 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.

Exploring the Scientific Basis of Complementary and Alternative Medicine

Stephen E. Straus, M.D., Director of NCCAM, will give a presentation at the NIH Director’s Lecture on March 11, 2002. He will announce NCCAM’s Distinguished Lecture Series in the Science of Complementary and Alternative Medicine.

National Town Hall Meeting on Complementary and Alternative Medicine to Be Held in Portland, Oregon

The public is invited to take part in a town meeting on complementary and alternative medicine research, sponsored by NCCAM.