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Stephen E. Straus Distinguished Lecture in the Science of Complementary Health Therapies

This lecture series was established to honor Dr. Stephen E. Straus, the founding director of the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (renamed the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health in 2014).

As director of the Center from 1999 to 2006, Dr. Straus built a comprehensive research enterprise, championing the efforts to establish the efficacy and safety of complementary health practices while upholding the rigorous standards of science for which NIH is known. Under his leadership, research on complementary and integrative health at NIH grew threefold, facilitating his vision of an evidence-based integrative approach to health care for the benefit of the public. An internationally recognized scientist, Dr. Straus also held the position of senior investigator in the Laboratory of Clinical Investigation at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID). His bench-to-bedside research yielded original insights into the pathogenesis and management of several viral and immunological diseases.

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Lectures are streamed live online at

Location: Bldg 10, Masur Auditorium, NIH Campus

Upcoming Lectures

May 11, 2015 10:00 a.m. ET

Jerome Groopman, M.D.
Dina and Raphael Recanati Chair of Medicine
Harvard Medical School
Chief of Experimental Medicine
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

Pamela Hartzband, M.D.
Assistant Professor of Medicine
Harvard Medical School
Attending Physician, Division of Endocrinology
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

Past Lectures

December 16, 2013 9:00 a.m. ET

A New Fabric for Clinical Research: Application to the Pain Problem

Robert M. Califf, M.D.

Vice Chancellor
Clinical and Translational Research
Director, Duke Translational Medicine Institute
Professor of Medicine
Division of Cardiology
Duke University Medical Center

December 5, 2012 9:00 a.m. ET

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

David G. I. Kingston, Ph.D.

University Distinguished Professor
Director, Virginia Tech Center for Drug Discovery
Department of Chemistry
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

November 7, 2011 11:00 a.m. ET

Opening Windows to the Brain: Lessons Learned From the Neuroimaging of Pain

Sean Mackey, M.D., Ph.D.

Chief, Pain Management Division
Associate Professor, Anesthesia and Pain Management
Division of Pain Management
Stanford University School of Medicine

December 15, 2010 11:00 a.m. ET

Promise for the Future in Yesterday's Remedies: Traditional Therapies to Modern Medicine

Vikas Sukhatme, M.D., Ph.D.

Victor J. Aresty Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School
Chief Academic Officer and Harvard Faculty Dean for Academic Programs
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

March 10, 2009 11:00 a.m. ET

Chinese Medicine, Western Science, and Acupuncture

Sherwin B. Nuland, M.D.