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Josephine P. Briggs, M.D.
September 07, 2012
Josephine P. Briggs, M.D.

NCCAM, like all NIH Institutes and Centers, receives investigator-initiated applications for research funding that are based on ideas formulated by the applicant. As you might imagine, the research grant applications for complementary approaches cover quite a diverse and broad field.

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Josephine P. Briggs, M.D.
August 07, 2012
Josephine P. Briggs, M.D.

The July 16 issue of the Medical Journal of Australia (MJA) published an editorial addressing the debate as to whether complementary medicine courses should be taught in Australian universities. In many ways, the debate in Australia parallels debates here in the United States, and indeed debates on this blog. 

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Kristen Huntley, Ph.D.
July 24, 2012
Kristen Huntley, Ph.D.

We frequently hear news about the returning military troops and the health issues that they face following service in Iraq and Afghanistan. A large number of veterans experience pain on a regular basis and post-traumatic stress, traumatic brain injury, depression, and substance use tend to co-occur. Many nonmilitary people in the United States also struggle with these issues and there is an urgent need for research to identify strategies that are helpful, as well as identify strategies that may be in use that do not help with these problems.

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Catherine Bushnell
July 18, 2012
Catherine Bushnell, Ph.D.

Catherine Bushnell, Ph.D., an internationally recognized pain and neuroscience researcher, has been appointed scientific director of a new research program focusing on the role of the brain in perceiving, modifying, and managing pain. In this video, she discusses the new collaborative pain research effort at NIH.

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Emmeline Edwards, Ph.D.
July 05, 2012
Emmeline Edwards, Ph.D.

This past month my daughter gave me a set of meditation CDs for mother’s day, and I have begun to put them to good use—but I have to admit that it has not been all that easy to quiet my brain and be in “a state of mind cultivated by paying attention on purpose, deeply, and without judgment to whatever arises in the present moment, either inside or outside of us.” Not one to give up easily, I have continued my 20 minutes of meditation practice daily but as a neuroscientist, I would really love to better understand what goes on in my brain during these sessions&he

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