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N C C A M Research Blog

NCCIH Research Blog

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

D. Craig Hopp, Ph.D.
October 07, 2015
D. Craig Hopp, Ph.D.

On October 5, Drs. Youyou Tu, William Campbell, and Satoshi Ōmura jointly received the 2015 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for their seminal discoveries of the natural products avermectin and artemisinin. The announcement underscored something that NCCIH has been saying for many years, that natural products research is very important. Many drugs now on the market—such as digitalis, taxol, and vincristine—were originally derived from natural products.

Dr. Tu isolated artemisinin, an anti-malarial, from Artemisia annua, a plant that has been used in reducing fevers for centuries and is well documented in traditional Chinese medicine formularies. Drs. Campbell and Ōmura discovered the antibiotic avermectin when they screened Streptomycetes, microorganisms commonly found in soil, for natural products with anti-infectious activity. These two structurally and pharmacologically unique compounds and their derivatives have revolutionized the treatment of parasitic diseases. In the fight against the tropical infections that result in malaria, river blindness, and elephantiasis, these drugs have made a tremendous impact for the hundreds of millions who suffer these devastating diseases each year.

NCCIH congratulates Drs. Tu, Campbell, and Ōmura. This award not only recognizes their achievements but spotlights the rich resource of natural products that show promise in medicine and health.

September 14, 2015
Craig Hopp, Ph.D.
D. Craig Hopp, Ph.D.

Dr. Craig Hopp announces NCCIH’s grant for a new Center of Excellence for Natural Product Drug Interaction Research in this blog post.

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September 02, 2015
John S. Williamson, Ph.D.
Portrait of John S. Williamson

In this blog post. Dr. John Williamson describes intriguing cutting-edge research on the development of anti-HIV drugs from natural products.

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August 17, 2015
Emmeline Edwards, Ph.D.
Portrait of Dr. Edwards

Five new scientists bring a broad range of expertise to NCCIH’s Division of Extramural Research. Dr. Emmeline Edwards welcomes them in this blog post.

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August 11, 2015
Josephine P. Briggs, M.D.
Josephine P. Briggs, M.D.

In this blog post, NCCIH Director Dr. Josephine Briggs discusses new research findings that 11.2 percent of Americans experience chronic pain and 17.6 percent suffer from severe pain. NCCIH is leading efforts to find nondrug approaches for treating pain and related conditions.

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July 30, 2015
NCCIH Blog Team

In this video blog post, Dr. David Spiegel of Stanford University explains how hypnosis can be used for medical purposes.

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