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

Craig Hopp, Ph.D.
August 17, 2018
D. Craig Hopp, Ph.D.

In this blog post, Dr. Craig Hopp addresses an upcoming natural products clinical trials workshop scheduled for September 13-14 at NIH in Bethesda, Md.

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Wendy J. Weber, N.D., Ph.D., M.P.H.
August 15, 2018
Wendy Weber, N.D., Ph.D., M.P.H.

In this blog post, acting NCCIH deputy director Dr. Wendy Weber discusses information shared at a recent NCCIH mini-symposium, “Pediatric Complementary and Integrative Health.”

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David Shurtleff, Ph.D.
July 26, 2018
David Shurtleff, Ph.D.

In this blog post, Acting NCCIH Director Dr. David Shurtleff discusses highlights from the 2018 symposium, “From Science to Society: At the Intersection of Chronic Pain Management and the Opioid Crisis” & invites people to attend a one-day pain symposium co-sponsored by NCCIH on Tuesday, September 11, 2018 in advance of the World Congress on Pain.

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Wen G. Chen, Ph.D.
July 11, 2018
Wen G. Chen, Ph.D.

In this blog post, Dr, Wen Chen calls attention to a chronic pain symposium organized by the NCCIH Pain Working Group that precedes the 2018 World Congress on Pain.

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Catherine M. Meyers, M.D.
June 06, 2018
Catherine Meyers, M.D.

In this blog post, Dr. Catherine Meyers discusses a recent workshop on embedded pragmatic clinical trials (PCTs) of therapeutic A vs. B interventions and how they may help bridge the gap between evidence, practice, and policy.

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Merav Sabri, Ph.D.
May 08, 2018
Merav Sabri, Ph.D.

In this blog post, Dr. Merav Sabri, of NCCIH’s Division of Extramural Research, discusses the scientific basis for manual therapies and their use in treating chronic pain conditions, and also addresses an NCCIH-sponsored symposium about this at ICIMH on May 11, 2018.

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May 07, 2018

In this blog post Drs. Linda Duffy and D. Craig Hopp, of NCCIH’s Division of Extramural Research, discuss probiotics and the micobiome as the subjects of an upcoming symposium at the 2018 International Congress on Integrative Medicine and Health.

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Wendy J. Weber, N.D., Ph.D., M.P.H.
May 04, 2018
Wendy Weber, N.D., Ph.D., M.P.H.

Apply for an NCCIH grant for research involving human participants? If you’re attending the ICIMH meeting, plan to attend this Pre-Congress Workshop: “Honing Your Clinical Research Proposal for NIH and NCCIH Funding Opportunities” (on Tuesday, May 8, at 2 p.m.).

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Emmeline Edwards, Ph.D.
April 30, 2018
Emmeline Edwards, Ph.D.

In this blog post, Dr. Emmeline Edwards, Director of the Division of Extramural Research at NCCIH, discusses a new partnership between our Center, the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, and the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) to research the impact of music on health.

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Emmeline Edwards, Ph.D.
April 30, 2018
Emmeline Edwards, Ph.D.

In this blog post, NCCIH’s Dr. Emmeline Edwards discusses expressive arts therapies and highlights NCCIH’s breakfast roundtable discussion of these at the ICIMH meeting on Thursday, May 10.

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Anita McRae-Williams
April 27, 2018
Anita McRae-Williams, M.A.*

Scientific disciplines can differ on what elements of a study are necessary to meet the definition of a “clinical trial.” Some investigators conducting human subjects research may not know that NIH considers their study to be a clinical trial - - a term defined broadly by NIH as “a research study in which one or more human subjects are prospectively assigned to one or more interventions (which may include placebo or other control) to evaluate the effects of those interventions on health-related biom

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Wen G. Chen, Ph.D.
April 26, 2018
Wen G. Chen, Ph.D.

Have you ever thought about what our “sixth sense” is? Can we feel it and regulate it? Does it impact our health?

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Anita McRae-Williams
April 25, 2018
Anita McRae-Williams, M.A.*

In this blog post, NCCIH Outreach Program Manager Anita McRae-Williams discusses some milestones in NCCIH history, and calls attention to an upcoming retrospective session at the upcoming International Congress on Integrative Medicine and Health.

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Lanay M. Mudd, Ph.D.
April 19, 2018
Lanay Mudd, Ph.D.

Learn about advancing your research career; attend “Developing Your Research Career: NCCIH Training and Career Development Opportunities,” a workshop at the International Congress on Integrative Medicine and Health (ICIMH) on Thursday, May 8, 2018 from 9:00 a.m. to noon in Baltimore, MD.

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Emmeline Edwards, Ph.D.
April 16, 2018
Emmeline Edwards, Ph.D.

In this blog post Dr. Emmeline Edwards describes NCCIH participation at the 2018 International Congress on Integrative Medicine and Health conference.

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Partap S. Khalsa, D.C., Ph.D.
October 04, 2017
Partap Khalsa, D.C., Ph.D.

NCCIH’s National Advisory Council to meet Friday, October 6, 2017; agenda includes panel titled “The National Pain Strategy and Federal Pain Research Strategy―Response to the Prescription Opioid Epidemic.”

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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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David Shurtleff, Ph.D.
December 09, 2016
David Shurtleff, Ph.D.

Learn about the Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies® (BRAIN) Initiative, an effort to develop new tools and technologies to understand the healthy and diseased brain.

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Catherine M. Meyers, M.D.
June 01, 2016
Catherine Meyers, M.D.

Dr. Catherine Meyers, Director of the NCCIH Office of Clinical and Regulatory Affairs, discusses the NIH emphasis on ethical and regulatory issues related to clinical trials.

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May 16, 2016
Irene Liu, M.P.H.

In her blog post, NCCIH Public Liaison Officer Irene Liu addresses ways scientists can enhance public understanding of science and research.

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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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Partap S. Khalsa, D.C., Ph.D.
May 10, 2016
Partap S. Khalsa, D.C., Ph.D.

In this blog post, Dr. Partap Khalsa discusses NCCIH priorities for pain research and highlights promising avenues of investigation.

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Emmeline Edwards, Ph.D.
May 10, 2016
Emmeline Edwards, Ph.D.

In this blog post, Dr. Emmeline Edwards discusses NCCIH priorities in pain and pain management research, & highlights NCCIH involvement at the 2016 American Pain Society’s annual meeting.

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Eve Reider, Ph.D.
May 04, 2016
Eve Reider, Ph.D.

NCCIH is sponsoring a special workshop at the 2016 International Congress on Integrative Medicine & Health, “Do Mindfulness Approaches Have the Potential to Prevent Substance Use and Abuse in Youth?”

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Wen G. Chen, Ph.D.
April 28, 2016
Wen G. Chen, Ph.D.

In this blog post, Dr. Wen Chen discusses the need for mechanistic research in clinical studies.

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Wendy J. Weber, N.D., Ph.D., M.P.H.
April 25, 2016
Wendy J. Weber, N.D., Ph.D., M.P.H.

In this blog post, Dr. Wendy Weber talks about an upcoming session at the International Congress on Integrative Medicine and Health (ICIMH) that deals with what NCCIH is looking for in clinical research applications.

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Lanay M. Mudd, Ph.D.
April 18, 2016
Lanay M. Mudd, Ph.D.

Dr. Lanay Mudd previews a session that will be held at the ICIMH conference in May. The topic is selecting appropriate comparators in studies of meditative movement interventions such as tai chi, qi gong, and yoga.

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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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David Shurtleff, Ph.D.
March 18, 2016
David Shurtleff, Ph.D.

This blog post announces the upcoming NIH event: “Marijuana and Cannabinoids: A Neuroscience Research Summit” to be held March 22-23, 2016.

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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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February 01, 2016
NCCIH Research Blog Team

The National Advisory Council for Complementary and Integrative Health will hold its first meeting of 2016 on Feb. 5.

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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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Emmeline Edwards, Ph.D.
May 08, 2015
Emmeline Edwards, Ph.D.

NCCIH priorities in pain research and cutting-edge pain management research will be presented at the upcoming 2015 American Pain Society (APS) meeting, as Dr. Emmeline Edwards explains in this blog post.

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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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December 04, 2014
NCCAM Blog Team

A new workshop summary that describes research needs on the interaction between sleep and pain is discussed in this blog post.

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Emmeline Edwards, Ph.D.
June 24, 2014
Emmeline Edwards, Ph.D.

In this blog post, Dr. Emmeline Edwards, director of the Division of Extramural Research, reflects on the International Research Congress on Integrative Medicine and Health (IRCIMH) meeting in Miami.

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

As the Nation’s medical research agency, NIH supports the full spectrum of pain research, from increasing basic understanding of pain mechanisms through translating new discoveries into prevention and treatment strategies. Pain is a major strategic focus for NCCAM in the context of complementary health approaches. About 30 percent of NCCAM’s research portfolio supports research on pain. Our intramural research program, headed by Catherine Bushnell, Ph.D., focuses on the role of the brain in perceiving, modifying, and managing pain.

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Josephine P. Briggs, M.D.
June 18, 2012
Josephine P. Briggs, M.D.

Two weeks ago was the occasion of the NIH Pain Consortium 7th Annual Symposium on Advances in Pain Research. It was a great meeting, and we heard some terrific science presented. Modern neuroscience is clearly opening up our understanding of how the brain processes painful stimuli, and is yielding insights about how emotional states (or even placebo pills) modify the processing of pain in the brain.

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Josephine P. Briggs, M.D.
May 24, 2012
Josephine P. Briggs, M.D.

Having just returned from the 2012 International Research Congress on Integrative Medicine and Health, the term “integrative” and its various meanings are very much on my mind.

The legislation that created NCCAM puts a clear emphasis on integration. Here is what the law says:

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