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

May 30, 2018
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On Monday, June 4, at 11 a.m., Mary Jo Larson, Ph.D., M.P.A.will discuss “Caring for Our Military: Considering Nondrug Therapies for Pain.” Part of  NCCIH’s Integrative Medicine Research Lecture Series, her talk will take place on the NIH campus in Bethesda, Maryland, and will be streamed live and archived for later viewing at videocast.nih.gov. 

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March 05, 2018
NCCIH Research Blog Team

Information about three upcoming lectures on pain and pain managementby NCCIH-funded researchers on pain and its management (forming NCCIH’s Spring 2018 Integrative Medicine Research Lecture Series).

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September 21, 2017
NCCIH Research Blog Team

Former U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy, M.D., delivered 2017 Straus Lecture on the public health consequences of stress on Americans.

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March 23, 2017
NCCIH Blog Team

For the past several years, NCCIH has been working to advance research on complementary and integrative health approaches for managing pain and other symptoms in U.S. military personnel and veterans. This spring, as part of our commitment to expanding research and resources on health issues that affect our military, we are hosting a series of events on integrative health and U.S. military personnel, veterans, and their families.

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December 27, 2016
NCCIH Blog Team

Probiotics researcher Dr. John Cryan lecture is the subject of an online CME lecture titled “Towards Psychobiotics: The Microbiome as a Key Regulator of Brain and Behavior.”

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December 05, 2016
NCCIH Blog Team

Today, NCCIH grantee Dr. Christina Smolke from Stanford University will present her innovative research at the 2016 High-Risk, High-Reward Research Symposium at NIH. Her team’s successful engineering of a yeast strain capable of making opioids was lauded in both Science and Nature in 2015.

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October 11, 2016
NCCIH Research Blog Team

Roger Chou, M.D., will lecture on “Opioids for Chronic Pain: Evidence, Guidelines, and Policy and Practice Implications,” on Monday, Oct. 17, at NIH.

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September 09, 2016
NCCIH Blog Team

On Monday, Sept. 12, at 10:00 a.m., Peter Wayne, Ph.D., will address how tai chi affects cognitive-neuromuscular Interactions in older adults. It will be the first talk in the Fall 2016 Integrative Medicine Research Lecture Series.

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March 15, 2016
NCCIH Research Blog Team

NCCIH Advisory Council member Dr. Martin Blaser spoke on “Perturbing the Early Life Microbiome and Its Consequences” at the Council’s February 5, 2016 meeting.

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Linda Duffy
January 22, 2016
Linda Duffy, Ph.D.

Dr. Claire Fraser’s NIH lecture on the functional dynamics of the gut microbiome in health and disease is now available online. In her talk, Dr. Fraser focused on the intriguing possibility that the gut microbiota may play an important role in response to vaccines and susceptibility to enteric pathogens.

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Linda Duffy
December 02, 2015
Linda Duffy, Ph.D., M.P.H.

The gut microbiome may tell us more than previously thought. On October 6, John F. Cryan, Ph.D., Professor and Chair of the Department of Anatomy and Neuroscience at University College Cork, in Ireland, gave a lecture, “Towards Psychobiotics: The Microbiome as a Key Regulator of Brain and Behavior,” as part of the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health’s (NCCIH) Integrative Medicine Research Lecture Series.

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Craig Hopp
November 16, 2015
D. Craig Hopp, Ph.D.

NCCIH will hold a webinar on network pharmacology and natural products on Wednesday, December 2, 2015.

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July 30, 2015
NCCIH Blog Team

In this video blog post, Dr. David Spiegel of Stanford University explains how hypnosis can be used for medical purposes.

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David Shurtleff, Ph.D.
July 07, 2015
David Shurtleff, Ph.D.

NCCIH’s blog team interviews Dr. Pieter Dorrestein on the use of big data for natural products research.

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March 12, 2014
NCCAM Blog Team

This week, NCCAM was delighted to host Bill J. Gurley, Ph.D., who delivered a lecture at NIH, “Clinically Relevant Herb-Drug Interactions: Past, Present, and Future,” as part of the Center’s Integrative Medicine Research Lecture Series. Dr. Gurley is a professor of pharmaceutical sciences at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) College of Pharmacy and the director of the UAMS Clinical Pharmacokinetics Research Laboratory.

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January 28, 2014
NCCAM Blog Team

On December 16, NCCAM was delighted to host Robert M. Califf, M.D., who presented the 2013 Stephen E. Straus Distinguished Lecture in the Science of Complementary Health Therapies, “A New Fabric for Clinical Research: Application to the Pain Problem.” 

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Linda Duffy
December 17, 2013
Linda Duffy, Ph.D., M.P.H.

On September 9, NCCAM was pleased to host Patricia Hibberd, M.D., Ph.D., who delivered a lecture at NIH on “Probiotics, the Microbiome, and Host Immune Response: Insights for Novel Therapeutic Approaches.” Dr. Hibberd is professor of pediatrics at Harvard Medical School, and chief of the Division of Global Health at Massachusetts General Hospital for Children, as well as professor of global health at Harvard School of Public Health.

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July 17, 2013
NCCAM Blog Team

On May 13, NCCAM had the pleasure of hosting Aniruddh (Ani) Patel, Ph.D., who delivered a lecture at NIH, “Exploring the Impact of Music on Brain Function,” as part of the Center's Integrative Medicine Research Lecture Series. Following the lecture, NCCAM program officer Lee Alekel, Ph.D., sat down with Dr. Patel and asked him a few questions about the neurobiology of music and the brain.

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January 28, 2013
Gale Greendale, M.D., George Salem, Ph.D.

On January 14, Dr. George Salem, Associate Professor, Division of Biokinesiology & Physical Therapy and Co-Director of the Musculoskeletal Biomechanics Research Laboratory delivered the NCCAM Integrative Medicine Research Lecture. The focus of his talk was on the Yoga Empowers Seniors Study - a research study which aims to quantify the physical demands of yoga in seniors.

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January 22, 2013
David Kingston

Last month, Dr. David Kingston delivered the Stephen E. Straus Distinguished Lecture in the Science of Complementary Health Therapies. Immediately following his talk, titled Natural Products: Drugs and Medicines for All Reasons and All Seasons, he sat down with NCCAM Deputy Director Jack Killen to discuss the future of natural products research. Highlights are posted here.

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Josephine P. Briggs, M.D.
January 16, 2013
Josephine Briggs, M.D.

NCCAM has supported a fair number of studies on the potential health benefits of yoga. Of particular interest has been exploring the role of yoga as a strategy for alleviating symptoms such as chronic pain or stress or for promoting healthier lifestyles. There is still a lot we don’t know, but there is a growing body of clinical research evidence that now suggests that yoga can enhance quality of life, reduce psychological stress, and improve some mental health outcomes.

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