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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.
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.
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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Shawn Stout
June 23, 2016
Shawn Stout

This blog post highlights NCCIH’s desire to develop materials and partnerships to increase understanding by consumers of biomedical research and more informed, evidence-based decisions about their health.

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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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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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Josephine P. Briggs, M.D.
April 14, 2015
Josephine P. Briggs, M.D.
In this blog post, NCCIH Director Dr. Josephine Briggs asks for input on research areas and topics to be included in the Center’s next 5-year Strategic Plan.

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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.
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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