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April 03, 2013
NCCAM Blog Team

Mulit-color image of whole brain for brain imaging research
Photo Credit: NIMH

Yesterday, President Barack Obama announced the Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies (BRAIN) Initiative. 

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March 18, 2013
NCCAM Blog Team

Intentional use of common data elements (CDEs) can help improve data quality and promote data sharing among researchers. Furthermore, the use of CDEs facilitates opportunities for comparison and combination of data from multiple studies. The ability to harmonize data and compare studies through meta-analyses would be an important outcome of encouraging research communities to use CDEs.

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March 11, 2013
Josephine Briggs, M.D.
Josephine Briggs, M.D.

Dietary supplements such as herbs and botanicals are popular complementary health approaches. A new study in JAMA Internal Medicine, led by Regan Bailey, Ph.D., R.D., and her colleagues at the NIH Office of Dietary Supplements (ODS), used data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) to figure out why.

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February 28, 2013
Josephine Briggs, M.D.
Josephine Briggs, M.D.

In my talks to the scientific community, I often stress the importance of basic and translational research in creating a foundation for definitive clinical investigation. Developing insight into physiological effects and mechanism of action is critical to the scientific evidence base that guides clinical practice and public use, and it has the significant potential to inform other fields of biomedical research. I am pleased that NCCAM is supporting such important research.

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February 13, 2013
D. Craig Hopp, Ph.D.
D. Craig Hopp, Ph.D.

In addition to funding research at academic institutions, the National Institutes of Health supports research by small businesses throughout the United States. The Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program and the Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) program are two programs established by Congress to support small businesses and commercialization of federally funded research.

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