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

Robin Elizabeth Boineau, M.D.
September 20, 2018
Robin Boineau, M.D.

In this blog post, Dr. Robin Boineau discusses six NCCIH-administered awards to study innovative behavioral health approaches to enhance adherence to medications treating opioid use disorder (OUD).

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Lanay M. Mudd, Ph.D.
September 18, 2018
Lanay Mudd, Ph.D.

In this research blog, Dr. Lanay Mudd discusses career development pathways for clinician-scientists and a new career development funding opportunity in partnership with the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS).

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Emmeline Edwards, Ph.D.
September 06, 2018
Emmeline Edwards, Ph.D.

In this research blog, Dr. Emmeline Edwards discusses an upcoming FOA that promotes research on music and health.

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Merav Sabri, Ph.D.
February 20, 2018
Merav Sabri, Ph.D.

In this blog post Dr. Merav Sabri discusses funding opportunities for small businesses – the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs.

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Craig Hopp, Ph.D.
January 10, 2018
D. Craig Hopp, Ph.D.

Did our parents have the right idea when they told us to eat more fruits and vegetables? Maybe so! Evidence has begun to build that the foods we eat (including the natural compounds in fruits and veggies), the flora in our digestive systems, and our basic biological functions all intersect to influence our overall health. Recently, NCCIH released a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA), Biological Signatures of Diet-Derived Microbial Metabolites, for projects to study several aspects of this question.

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Robin Elizabeth Boineau, M.D.
November 30, 2017
Robin Boineau, M.D.

In this research blog, Drs. Robin Boineau (NCCIH) and Kimberly Johnson (SAMHSA) discuss a new funding initiative to examine the impact of behavioral interventions for opioid addiction within the context of states’ plans for use of Opioid STR grant funds.

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Eve Reider, Ph.D.
August 02, 2017
Eve Reider, Ph.D.

In this blog post, Dr. Eve Reider discusses an NIH FOA that focuses on linking data from health care system records to mortality data to obtain a more accurate understanding of risk factors related to suicide.

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Martina Schmidt
May 30, 2017
Martina Schmidt, Ph.D.

In this blog post, Dr. Martina Schmidt, Chief of the NCCIH Office of Scientific Review, discusses required elements for new funding opportunity announcements (FOAs).

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Emmeline Edwards, Ph.D.
May 18, 2017
Emmeline Edwards, Ph.D.

In this blog post, NCCIH Director of Extramural Research Dr. Emmeline Edwards discusses NIH/NCCIH funding opportunities in music and art therapies.

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Wen G. Chen, Ph.D.
May 08, 2017
Wen Chen, Ph.D.

In this blog post, Dr. Wen Chen discusses two Program Announcements (PARs) that direct research attention toward investigating the mechanisms by which mind and body interventions might work, as well as strategies to optimize these interventions.

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Wendy J. Weber, N.D., Ph.D., M.P.H.
May 04, 2017
Wendy Weber, N.D., Ph.D., M.P.H.

Find out more about a new series of funding opportunity announcements for investigator-initiated clinical trials, and register for this May 9 webinar: New NCCIH Funding Opportunities for Natural Products Clinical Trials.

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Lanay M. Mudd, Ph.D.
April 20, 2017
Lanay Mudd, Ph.D.

In this blog post, Dr. Lanay Mudd discusses the purpose of pilot studies and points to NCCIH’s new “Framework for Developing and Testing Mind and Body Interventions.”

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Robin Elizabeth Boineau, M.D.
April 12, 2017
Robin Boineau, M.D., M.A.
  • Do you have an important health care research question that can be answered in a real-world setting?
  • Is it in a high-priority area for NCCIH pragmatic trials?
  • Is the intervention already being utilized?
  • Do you have experience conducting clinical research in partnership with health care systems?

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Wendy J. Weber, N.D., Ph.D., M.P.H.
April 12, 2017
Wendy Weber, N.D., Ph.D., M.P.H.

NCCIH to host informational webinars in April and May, 2017, on clinical trial applications via new funding opportunities.

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Josephine P. Briggs, M.D.
April 10, 2017
Josephine P. Briggs, M.D.

In this blog post, NCCIH Director Dr. Josephine Briggs discusses new pathways for clinical trial funding.

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Josephine P. Briggs, M.D.
March 28, 2017
Josephine P. Briggs, M.D.

In this blog post. NCCIH Director Dr. Josephine Briggs discusses NCCIH partnerships to research military/veteran health and how clinical practice guidelines affect research.

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Emmeline Edwards, Ph.D.
February 17, 2017
​​​​​​​Emmeline Edwards, Ph.D.

NIH outlines changes in how it accepts clinical trial applications & NCCIH moves forward with plans to develop Center-specific clinical trials initiatives.

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Eve Reider, Ph.D.
January 04, 2017
Eve Reider

NIH, DoD, VA join forces to explore nonpharmacologic approaches to complement current strategies for pain management.

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Wendy J. Weber, N.D., Ph.D., M.P.H.
September 27, 2016
Wendy Weber, N.D., Ph.D., M.P.H.

Over the years, I have often been asked whether the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH) will fund clinical trials of natural products. The answer is, “Yes.” NCCIH funds clinical research of natural products, including herbal products, botanicals, products marketed as dietary supplements, and probiotics.

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David Shurtleff, Ph.D.
August 08, 2016
David Shurtleff, Ph.D.

In this blog post, NCCIH Deputy Director Dr. David Shurtleff discusses the new Center of Excellence for Research on Complementary and Integrative Health (CERCIH) program to promote synergistic research.

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Lanay M. Mudd, Ph.D.
June 30, 2016
Lanay M. Mudd, Ph.D.

NIH seeks research applications on the mechanisms and processes of resilience.

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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.
December 16, 2015
Emmeline Edwards, Ph.D.

In this blog post, Dr. Emmeline Edwards, Director of NCCIH’s Division of Extramural Research, discusses new funding opportunities that focus on broad potential therapeutic and non-therapeutic uses of non-invasive neuromodulation devices for the central nervous system.

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Wen G. Chen, Ph.D.
October 16, 2015
Wen G. Chen, Ph.D.

New RFAs represent NCCIH’s new funding mechanisms direct research attention toward investigating the mechanisms by which: 1) mind and body interventions might work, and 2) strategies to optimize these interventions.

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Emmeline Edwards, Ph.D.
March 12, 2015
Emmeline Edwards, Ph.D.

Dr. Emmeline Edwards, Director of NCCIH’s Division of Extramural Research, discusses the recent Third National Summit: Advancing Research in the Arts for Health and Well-being Across the Military Continuum in this blog post.

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Alberto Rivera-Rentas
October 15, 2014
Alberto Rivera-Rentas, Ph.D.

Dr. Alberto Rivera-Rentas announces a grant opportunity, funded by NCCAM and nine other NIH agencies, for developing training courses to enhance researchers’ ability to generate reproducible, validated data.

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Dale Birkle Dreer, Ph.D.
October 01, 2014
Dale Birkle Dreer, Ph.D.

Are you applying for an NIH grant? Make sure you have read and followed all the instructions in the funding opportunity announcement (FOA). Some applicants haven’t been following instructions, and this has caused problems with their grant applications.

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Craig Hopp
September 12, 2014
D. Craig Hopp, Ph.D.

In this blog post, NCCAM Program Director Dr. Craig Hopp announces an informational webinar for applicants for the Center of Excellence for Natural Product Drug Interaction Research.

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John S. Williamson, Ph.D.
July 07, 2014
John S. Williamson, Ph.D.

NCCAM’s Dr. John S. Williamson discusses NIH research funding opportunities available to small businesses under the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs in this blog post.

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David Shurtleff, Ph.D.
May 28, 2014
David Shurtleff, Ph.D.

In this blog post, NCCAM Deputy Director Dr. David Shurtleff talks about NCCAM’s role in President Obama’s Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies (BRAIN) Initiative.

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Craig Hopp
January 24, 2014
D. Craig Hopp, Ph.D.

I have an exciting new funding opportunity announcement (FOA) to tell you about: the “Center for Advancing Natural Products Innovation and Technology (U41),” or RFA-AT-14-006. This grant is part of a diverse portfolio of projects on natural products research cosponsored by NCCAM and the NIH Office of Dietary Supplements (ODS). The goal of this FOA is to improve upon and strengthen the technologies and methods used in natural-products research—leading to better understanding of the biology and chemistry of natural products and how they impact health and wellness.

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Richard L. Nahin, Ph.D., M.P.H.
June 25, 2012
Richard Nahin, Ph.D., M.P.H.

During the many years I have been with NCCAM, I have seen an exponential increase in both the quantity and quality of research investigating the efficacy and biological basis of many types of complementary health practices. For many reasons there has been less research on the real-world effectiveness of these therapies. However, promising analytic methods from other fields and emerging technologies such as electronic medical records can be used to take advantage of actual patient experiences so we can learn more about outcomes and effectiveness in real-world settings.

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