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NCCIH Notable Research From 2015

January 05, 2016
Josephine P. Briggs, M.D.
Josephine P. Briggs, M.D.

National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health

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As we begin an exciting new year of research at NCCIH, the work of our grantees from 2015 has not gone unnoticed, and a few have been widely recognized for their important accomplishments.

Collage with images of a yoga class, yeast culture plate, and DNA.

Christina Smolke, Ph.D., of Stanford University was featured as one of Nature’s 10 People Who Mattered This Year for her team’s successful engineering of a yeast strain capable of making opioids. This achievement—the most complicated chemical synthesis ever engineered in yeast—was also highlighted as one of the runners-up for “Breakthrough of the Year” in Science.

Ted Kaptchuk’s work on placebo was recently featured in The New Yorker as one of “The Most Notable Medical Findings of 2015.” Ted, a longtime NCCIH grantee, published several articles last year, including about how genes affect the placebo response.

U.S. News and World Report highlighted the work of Dr. Beth Bock at Miriam Hospital in Providence, Rhode Island for her research on yoga as an effective therapy for smoking cessation, particularly for individuals who either cannot use medications, or who choose not to use medications while quitting.

I am so proud of our team here at NCCIH—we are a small center, but we are making a huge impact on improving health and health care. I congratulate all of our grantees on their achievements and look forward to another year of impactful scientific investigation.


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 Congratulations to Director Briggs and the entire NCCIH Team for staying on top of curve on trends & evidence- based research on complementary approaches. It is good to know that integrative medicine combining strict western evidence-based approach along with ~somewhat western-style evidence based reviews~ of studies/history, that are thousands of years old “tested-over-time” approaches, are reviewed & have the ability to go forward into our healthcare system. One example is “Yoga,” and how it may not cure the Cancer; However, it can be utilized, when done the right way, to help with the side effects of some Cancer treatments.  

I wonder if synthetic opioids could eventually destroy the opium/heroin trade?

Congratulations to the NCCIH Team for working and publishing in the area of complementary and integrative health… These are small steps that can help CIH to make inroads into mainstram health and disease models. CAM especially Yoga research is observed to be effective for various disorders. We in India have been observing scientific evidence for Yoga for mental disorders… and believe that CAM is the future for a number of disorders to improve overall quality of life and well-being.

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