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

Lanay M. Mudd, Ph.D.
March 06, 2018
Lanay Mudd, Ph.D.

In this blog post, Dr. Lanay Mudd describes NIH initiatives designed to enhance the accountability and transparency of clinical research.

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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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Wendy J. Weber, N.D., Ph.D., M.P.H.
September 20, 2017
Wendy Weber, N.D., Ph.D., M.P.H.

If you are planning to submit a grant application that includes human subjects to NCCIH this fall, we want to help you select the best funding opportunity announcement (FOA) to use.  

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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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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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Catherine M. Meyers, M.D.
February 06, 2017
Catherine Meyers, M.D.

In this blog post, Dr. Catherine Meyers discusses the NCCIH policy on study accrual and retention, developed to enhance the Center’s clinical research enterprise.

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Ashlee Tipton, Ph.D.
August 19, 2016
Ashlee Tipton, Ph.D.

In this blog post, Dr. Ashlee Tipton discusses the NIH Loan Repayment Programs to help deal with student debt.

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Catherine M. Meyers, M.D.
July 25, 2016
Catherine Meyers, M.D.

A new NIH policy establishes the expectation that a single IRB of record will be used in the ethical review for NIH-funded multi-site, non-exempt human subjects research protocols.

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Emmeline Edwards, Ph.D.
April 15, 2016
Emmeline Edwards, Ph.D.

In this blog post, Dr. Emmeline Edwards previews the sessions that NCCIH will offer at the International Congress on Integrative Medicine and Health in May 2016.

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Dale Birkle Dreer, Ph.D.
January 14, 2016
Dale Birkle Dreer, Ph.D.

In this blog post, Dr. Dale Birkle Dreer, chief of NCCIH’s Office of Scientific Review, discusses updates to policies, forms, and instructions for grant applications in 2016.

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Shelley Carow
December 11, 2015
Shelley Carow

Shelley Carow, Chief Grants Management Officer in the NCCIH Office of Grants Management, shares information about grants administration.

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Dale Birkle Dreer, Ph.D.
November 05, 2015
Dale Birkle Dreer, Ph.D.

SROs are scientists, most are former faculty members and NIH grantees, who manage the first level of peer review, commonly known as the study section. SROs are the people who take the first thorough look at your application, determine the expertise required for the review, recruit the external scientists to match that expertise, manage the study section meeting where the applications are discussed and scored, and prepare the summary statement for your application.

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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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Wendy J. Weber, N.D., Ph.D., M.P.H.
March 24, 2015
Wendy Weber, N.D., Ph.D., M.P.H.

In this blog post, NCCIH Branch Chief Dr. Wendy Weber describes the use of the R34 funding mechanism for early stages of clinical research on mind and body interventions.

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

In this blog post, NCCIH Director Dr. Josephine Briggs discusses a report from a working group of NCCIH’s Advisory Council that recommends large-scale collaborative pain research to benefit military personnel and veterans.

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David Shurtleff, Ph.D.
November 14, 2014
David Shurtleff, Ph.D.

In this blog post, NCCAM Deputy Director Dr. David Shurtleff explains changes in NCCAM’s oversight process for clinical trials.

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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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Dale Birkle Dreer, Ph.D.
July 28, 2014
Dale Birkle Dreer, Ph.D.

Dr. Dale Birkle Dreer, Chief of NCCAM’s Office of Scientific Review, explains NIH’s new policy on resubmission of grant applications in this blog post.

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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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Dale Birkle Dreer, Ph.D.
June 19, 2014
Dale Birkle Dreer, Ph.D.

In this blog post, Dr. Dale Birkle Dreer, Chief of NCCAM’s Office of Scientific Review, describes NIH efforts to maximize fairness and impartiality in peer review of grant applications.

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Craig Hopp
February 13, 2013
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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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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