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

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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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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Josephine P. Briggs, M.D.
December 12, 2014
Josephine P. Briggs, M.D.

This blog post by NCCAM Director Dr. Josephine Briggs presents a video clip about new research standards for low-back pain.

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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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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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July 17, 2013
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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 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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Catherine Bushnell
July 18, 2012
Catherine Bushnell, Ph.D.

Catherine Bushnell, Ph.D., an internationally recognized pain and neuroscience researcher, has been appointed scientific director of a new research program focusing on the role of the brain in perceiving, modifying, and managing pain. In this video, she discusses the new collaborative pain research effort at NIH.

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