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NCCIH Research Blog

NCCIH blogs about research developments related to complementary health practices. Check in regularly to keep up with the latest findings.

Irene Liu, M.P.H.
May 16, 2016

Do you have a set “elevator speech” you use to explain your latest research activities? If you were contacted by a reporter, would you feel confident that you could summarize your scientific work in a way that the public could understand? Do you ever wonder whether social media could help you network and share research results?

The public is bombarded with conflicting messages about results of scientific studies. Unfortunately, the sound bites about health research on the nightly news often result in confusion. For some people, that confusion leads to a general mistrust of any research on health. At NCCIH, we recognize that the public is often misinformed about health claims related to complementary and integrative health. To help build scientific literacy, we’ve embarked on an effort to help the public better understand complex scientific topics through our “Know the Science” tools.

On the flip side, we believe that researchers could improve their communication skills and take advantage of more opportunities to communicate clearly with the public. At the 2016 International Congress on Integrative Medicine & Health (ICIMH) this week, my communication colleagues and I will be giving a workshop titled “How To Communicate Your Research Results to the Public: Working With Traditional and Social Media Outlets.”

The goal of the session is to provide an overview of communication techniques that scientists can use to share their research information with the public and each other. We’ll roll up our sleeves and practice explaining scientific research results in a way that reporters and bloggers could understand. In addition, we’ll explore the use of social media, such as Twitter and LinkedIn, to connect and share scientific content.

If you’re attending ICIMH, please join us on Friday, May 20 to hone your skills related to communicating science to the public.

Emmeline Edwards, Ph.D.
May 13, 2016
Emmeline Edwards, Ph.D.

In this blog post, Dr. Emmeline Edwards offers advice on NIH funding opportunities and mechanisms, and discusses the NCCIH-sponsored session on funding opportunities at the upcoming 2016 ICIMH meeting.

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Emmeline Edwards, Ph.D.
May 10, 2016
Emmeline Edwards, Ph.D.

In this blog post, Dr. Emmeline Edwards discusses NCCIH priorities in pain and pain management research, & highlights NCCIH involvement at the 2016 American Pain Society’s annual meeting.

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Partap S. Khalsa, D.C., Ph.D.
May 10, 2016
Partap S. Khalsa, D.C., Ph.D.

In this blog post, Dr. Partap Khalsa discusses NCCIH priorities for pain research and highlights promising avenues of investigation.

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Eve Reider, Ph.D.
May 04, 2016
Eve Reider, Ph.D.

NCCIH is sponsoring a special workshop at the 2016 International Congress on Integrative Medicine & Health, “Do Mindfulness Approaches Have the Potential to Prevent Substance Use and Abuse in Youth?”

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Wen G. Chen, Ph.D.
April 28, 2016
Wen G. Chen, Ph.D.

In this blog post, Dr. Wen Chen discusses the need for mechanistic research in clinical studies.

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