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2013 Meetings and Workshops

Vitamin D Standardization Program (VDSP) Symposium

Date: Thursday, November 14, 2013


National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)
100 Bureau Drive
Gaithersburg, MD 20899

NIH Office of Dietary Supplements, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), and the Partnership for the Accurate Testing of Hormones (PATH) are cosponsoring this one-day symposium, also being held under the auspices of the International Federation of Clinical Chemistry and Laboratory Medicine (IFCC). The symposium, which can be attended either in-person or via Webinar, will:

  • Discuss VDSP goals and components;
  • Present data from VDSP inter-laboratory comparison and commutability studies;
  • Demonstrate how tools developed through VDSP can be used to improve the standardization of vitamin D measurement around the world; and,
  • Obtain feedback as to how VDSP can be improved to meet the needs of attendees.

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NIH Workshop on Energy Drinks

Date: Thursday, August 15, 2013 to Friday, August 16, 2013


Neuroscience Center Building
6001 Executive Boulevard
Rockville, MD 20852

This workshop will summarize the research on:

  • patterns of energy drink use in the U.S. population and population subgroups, including young adults and children, minorities, and the military,
  • the safety of energy drinks and their ingredients,
  • the effects of energy drinks and their ingredients on alertness, fatigue, sleep, cognitive function and mental health, and on physiological functions such as glucose homeostasis, weight, and athletic performance.

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The NIH Research Festival Symposium

Date: Wednesday, August 7, 2013 - 2:00p.m. ET to 4:00p.m. ET


NIH—9000 Rockville Pike, Bethesda, Maryland

Advances in Natural Product Research at NIH


  1. Curtis J. Henrich, Ph.D.
    High-throughput screening for the identification of natural product modulators of cancer-related targets
  2. John A. Beutler, Ph.D.
    Plants Still Provide Viable Cancer Drug Development Leads
  3. James Inglese, Ph.D.
    Design of Assays and Screening Strategies for the Interrogation ofComplex Chemical Libraries
  4. Shakir Saud, M.S.
    To dine with red wine? Resveratrol metabolomic targets of efficacy in colorectal cancer prevention
  5. Kirk Gustafson, Ph.D.
    Natural Products Diversity: New Ways to Target Cancer-Associated Processes and Phenotypes
  6. NIH FARE Award winner

NCCAM Postdoc Participates in Smithsonian Exhibit, Genome: Unlocking Life's Code

Date: Sunday, June 23, 2013 - 1:00p.m. ET to 4:00p.m. ET


Natural History Museum, Special Exhibit Gallery, 2nd Floor, Northeast Wing (Hall 23)
Washington, D.C.

The Smithsonian has partnered with NIH investigators and postdocs to be 'scientists in residence' and 'genome geeks' on weekends at the Natural History Museum’s new exhibit, Genome: Unlocking Life's Code, running from June 14, 2013 to September 1, 2014.

NCCAM’s Dr. Lucie Low will be the resident 'geek' at the museum on Sunday, June 23 between 1 and 4 p.m., so stop by her table and ask her about the relationship between pain and genes, and the research work she conducts at NCCAM.

Symposium on Advances in Pain Research: Integrated Self-Management Strategies for Chronic Pain

Date: Wednesday, May 29, 2013 to Thursday, May 30, 2013

National Institutes of Health
Natcher Auditorium and Atrium
Building 45
Bethesda, MD 20892

The theme of this year's NIH Pain Consortium Symposium will be Integrated Self-Management Strategies for Chronic Pain.  Topics will include:

  • Self-Management Strategies in Community Health Care Settings
  • Tailored Self-Management Strategies for Patients and Caregivers
  • Predictors and Indicators of Outcomes in Integrated Self-Management Strategies.

A poster session will include a broad selection of current pain research findings presented by young investigators. Members of the extramural scientific community, the NIH scientific community, health care providers, and the public are invited to attend the meeting on the NIH campus or via NIH Videocast.  NCCAM is a member of the NIH Pain Consortium.


Complementary and Alternative Medicine: Roles in Chronic Pain Management & Research

Date: Wednesday, May 8, 2013


New Orleans, LA

This preconference symposium, which will take place just prior to the American Pain Society’s 32nd Annual Scientific Meeting, will raise awareness of approaches and challenges for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) researchers and discuss possible clinical applications for health care professionals. The challenges and opportunities associated with current CAM research as it relates to chronic pain management in the field of medicine will be addressed. A primary goal of the conference is to encourage collaborations among pain clinicians and researchers in CAM practice and research. 

Registration for this symposium is required. This symposium is NOT included with registration for the American Pain Society’s 32nd Annual Scientific Meeting. 

2013 NIH Botanical Research Expert Panel Meeting: Executive Summary

Date: Monday, April 29, 2013


NIH—9000 Rockville Pike, Bethesda, Maryland

The National Institutes of Health’s (NIH) Office of Dietary Supplements (ODS) and National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) will convene an Expert Panel on botanical research. The purpose of this meeting is to identify and discuss ways to strengthen NIH’s ongoing investment in botanical research in order to advance understanding of the biological effects of botanicals (especially those related to dietary supplements) in human health (including safety).

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Impact of Acupuncture Research on 21st Century Health Care

Date: Friday, April 19, 2013 to Sunday, April 21, 2013


Ann Arbor, Michigan


The Society for Acupuncture Research (SAR) will host our international research conference in Ann Arbor MI on April 18–21 in 2013.  Important research findings from the three years since our previous 2010 conference in Chapel Hill will be presented and discussed. Thematically the 2013 conference will emphasize the role of acupuncture in 21st century health care and the importance of translational applications within this field of research. To-date, the primary co-sponsors of the conference will be the University of Michigan Department of Anesthesiology and the University of Michigan Program in Integrative Medicine. Our conference includes three keynote lectures, which directly address current topics in acupuncture research. In addition, a special panel discussion will address the conference theme, the impact of acupuncture research on 21st century health care. Additional symposia will (1) highlight the findings of SAR’s latest White Paper on clinical and basic research comparisons of electrical and manual acupuncture (see below), and (2) explore context and patient-practitioner effects in acupuncture research. Original presentations in three main areas: clinical trials, basic science, and research methodology will be solicited from members of the national and international acupuncture research communities. To foster interdisciplinary dialogue and collaboration, the conference will also include interactive workshops focusing on comparative effectiveness research and objective outcomes in clinical trials.

Abstracts Due 9/10/12 (141KB PDF)


Dietary Supplement-Drug Interaction Expert Panel

Date: Monday, April 1, 2013


Neuroscience Center
Conference Room B1-B2
6001 Executive Boulevard
Rockville, MD  20852

NCCAM has begun implementing a three-phase initiative for systematic in vitro and in vivo characterization of potential dietary supplement–drug interactions. The overall goal is to produce a repository of carefully controlled experiments and their ensuing results. Those resources are expected to enhance assessment of the risks and/or benefits of selected supplement–drug combinations and understanding of metabolic pathways for a large number of supplements.

In Phase I of the initiative, NCCAM has assembled a Dietary Supplement-Drug Interaction Expert Panel to identify and discuss criteria to be used in prioritizing in vitro and in vivo research and help guide the Center’s future investments in this area. These criteria will then be used to generate a matrix for testing potential supplement–drug interactions. Potential candidates for supplements, pharmaceuticals, supplement/drug/disease groupings, and assays are being identified to create a testing matrix for evaluation using moderate- to high-throughput screening. Moving directly to human subjects research may be appropriate for some combinations, based on the literature.

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Got (Enough) Vitamin D?—"Current Controversies in Medicine" STEP Event Series

Date: Thursday, February 7, 2013 - 9:00a.m. ET to 11:00a.m. ET

A STEP “Current Controversies in Medicine” Event

The Staff Training in Extramural Programs (STEP) is hosting “Got (Enough) Vitamin D?” Vitamin D is vital for the development and maintenance of healthy bones and skin. New evidence suggests that this natural substance is also involved in immune and muscle functions. Yet abnormal vitamin D levels may play key roles in cancer, infertility, and other disorders. What is this essential substance, how is it made in the body, and what does it really do for us? What are optimal levels of vitamin D, and how are they affected by genetics, environment, age, and diet? Join us to learn more about the “sunshine” vitamin’s role in human health and disease.

Building 38A, Lister Hill Auditorium

This will be VideoCast live at and archived at

T90/R90 Pre-Application Teleconference

Date: Thursday, January 24, 2013 - 2:00p.m. ET to 3:00p.m. ET

NCCAM is hosting a pre-application informational teleconference for researchers interested in the Interdisciplinary Complementary and Integrative Health Clinical Research Training Award (T90/R90).


The teleconference aims to provide technical assistance to prospective T90/R90 grant applicants.

NCCAM will discuss:

  • An overview of the institutional research-training program and the grant mechanism used
  • Information on preparing your application
  • The review process for applications.

Submit Questions Now

A 30-minute segment of this teleconference will be devoted to answering applicant questions.

Please submit questions to


To participate, RSVP to Anita Greene at by Tuesday, January 22.