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

Emmeline Edwards, Ph.D.
October 17, 2018
Emmeline Edwards, Ph.D.

In this blog post, Dr. Emmeline Edwards discusses an NIH/NCCIH research initiative to advance the study of emotional well-being.

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

Given our Center’s longstanding interests in funding rigorous research of complementary and integrative health approaches for pain, we are enthusiastic about a potential new translational research initiative that will address the need for effective and personalized therapies for chronic low back pain – the NIH Back Pain Research Consortium (BACPAC)

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Partap S. Khalsa, D.C., Ph.D.
September 24, 2018
Partap S. Khalsa, D.C., Ph.D.

In this blog post, Dr. Partap Khalsa highlights key presentations and concepts to be discussed at the October 5, 2019 meeting of the National Advisory Council for Complementary and Integrative Health.

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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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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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December 07, 2017
NCCIH Research Blog Team

Hello from NCCIH’s new leadership team! In this message, Acting Director David Shurtleff and Acting Deputy Director Wendy Weber introduce themselves and highlight NCCIH’s research interests and resources.

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Josephine P. Briggs, M.D.
November 14, 2017
Josephine P. Briggs, M.D.

In this blog post, Dr. Josephine Briggs reviews her time as Director of NCCIH and discusses the Center’s focus on pain research.

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Catherine M. Meyers, M.D.
November 03, 2017
Catherine Meyers, M.D.

In this blog post, Dr. Catherine Meyers discusses The Living Textbook, a researcher-friendly compendium of information for designing, planning, and implementing pragmatic clinical trials.

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Josephine P. Briggs, M.D.
October 24, 2017
Josephine P. Briggs, M.D.

Dr. Josephine Briggs, who recently stepped down as NCCIH Director, reflects on the NCCIH research portfolio and scientific curiosity.

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Craig Hopp
June 07, 2017
Craig Hopp, Ph.D.

In this blog post, Dr. Craig Hopp discusses NCCIH’s focus on natural products research.

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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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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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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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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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Wendy J. Weber, N.D., Ph.D., M.P.H.
June 21, 2016
Wendy J. Weber, N.D., Ph.D., M.P.H.

One of NCCIH’s top scientific priorities involves assessing complementary health approaches via clinical trials that use innovative study designs.

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Eve Reider, Ph.D.
June 16, 2016
Eve Reider, Ph.D.

In this blog post, Dr. Eve Reider discusses NCCIH initiatives that may help determine if and how complementary and integrative health approaches may contribute to disease prevention and health promotion across the lifespan.

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Craig Hopp, Ph.D.
June 14, 2016
Craig Hopp, Ph.D.

In this blog post, Dr. Craig Hopp speaks to the necessity of using high-impact research approaches to uncover the biological signatures of complex natural products.

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Wen G. Chen, Ph.D.
June 09, 2016
Wen Chen, Ph.D.

In this blog report, Dr. Wen Chen talks about NCCIH objectives for research on neurobiological effects and mechanisms.

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Partap S. Khalsa, D.C., Ph.D.
June 07, 2016
Partap Khalsa, D.C., Ph.D.

In this blog post, Dr. Partap Khalsa talks about NCCIH’s priorities for pain research, such as managing chronic pain via non-drug means.

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Josephine P. Briggs, M.D.
June 03, 2016
Josephine P. Briggs, M.D.

NCCIH Director Dr. Josephine Briggs announces and outlines the Center’s 2016 Strategic Plan.

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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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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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John S. Williamson, Ph.D.
April 22, 2016
John Williamson

In this blog post, Dr. John Williamson of NCCIH’s Division of Extramural Research talks about two projects that have received NCCIH funding via SBIR grants.

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Josephine P. Briggs, M.D.
March 30, 2016
Josephine P. Briggs, M.D.

NCCIH solicits opinions on its 2016-2021 draft Strategic Plan.

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Partap S. Khalsa, D.C., Ph.D.
March 04, 2016
Partap Khalsa, D.C., Ph.D.

In this blog post, Dr. Partap Khalsa reports on the National Advisory Council for Complementary and Integrative Health Working Group on Clinician-Scientist Workforce Development.

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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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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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Ashlee Tipton, Ph.D.
October 22, 2015
Ashlee Tipton, Ph.D.

In this blog post, NCCIH scientist Ashlee Tipton discusses compiling a list of natural product libraries on the NCCIH website.

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

In this blog post, NCCIH Director Dr. Josephine Briggs discusses new research findings that 11.2 percent of Americans experience chronic pain and 17.6 percent suffer from severe pain. NCCIH is leading efforts to find nondrug approaches for treating pain and related conditions.

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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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Josephine P. Briggs, M.D.
July 14, 2014
Josephine P. Briggs, M.D.

In this blog post, NCCAM Director Dr. Josephine Briggs explains the Center’s efforts to help address the serious problems of chronic pain and opioid use among members of the U.S. military.

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Kristen Huntley, Ph.D.
August 30, 2013
Kristen Huntley, Ph.D.

Two winters ago, I was skiing at a local ski area and became intrigued by an activity I saw there. Two groups—Wounded Warrior Project and Two Top Mountain Adaptive Sports Foundation—were on the mountain that day. They sponsor programs to help wounded service members find ways, through adaptive sports, to ease back into active lives.

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Josephine P. Briggs, M.D.
August 20, 2013
Josephine P. Briggs, M.D.

Today’s Journal of the American Medical Association includes a Viewpoint from my deputy director, Jack Killen, and myself. In this essay, we call for a fresh, more nuanced and balanced conversation about research into complementary and alternative practices.

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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.
February 08, 2013
Josephine Briggs, M.D.

Two years ago, in February 2011, we released NCCAM’s Third Strategic Plan. The plan articulated our Center’s goals and objectives and presented a structure for determining priorities for future research. As we greet this anniversary, I’m pleased to report that we are successfully putting the plan into action.

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John Killen
October 30, 2012
John Killen, Jr., M.D.

This post addresses a couple of themes that are coming up with some regularity in comments posted to this blog. They include: 1) questions about what makes something “specifically complementary and alternative medicine (CAM),” or why other NIH Institutes or Centers (ICs) can’t do what NCCAM does, since the scientific methods and approaches are the same; and 2) a perspective that CAM borrows from other science-based fields “to lend false legitimacy to pre-scientific magical thinking.”

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John Killen
September 10, 2012
John Killen, Jr., M.D.

Scientific plausibility permeates discussions and debates about research on complementary, alternative, or integrative health approaches. This is no surprise; many interventions that fall under this rubric are ensconced in belief systems about illness and health—some ancient and some modern—that lack foundations in modern science. In addition, those who support research on these approaches often fail to articulate a scientifically grounded rationale or approach to research.

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Josephine P. Briggs, M.D.
September 07, 2012
Josephine P. Briggs, M.D.

NCCAM, like all NIH Institutes and Centers, receives investigator-initiated applications for research funding that are based on ideas formulated by the applicant. As you might imagine, the research grant applications for complementary approaches cover quite a diverse and broad field.

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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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