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Grant Opportunity: Design Training Modules on Data Reproducibility

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October 15, 2014
Alberto Rivera-Rentas
Alberto Rivera-Rentas, Ph.D.

Program Director
National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine

Recent studies have found that a substantial number of basic and preclinical published research results cannot be reproduced by other laboratories under the conditions described in the publications. This is not primarily attributed to intentional misrepresentation of data, but rather to inadequate awareness of or adherence to sufficiently high standards when designing, conducting, analyzing, and/or reporting studies. In addition, training in best practices in these areas has not always been adequate or consistent.

To address this national need, NCCAM, together with nine other NIH Institutes and Centers, has launched a funding opportunity announcement (FOA), Training Modules to Enhance Data Reproducibility (RFA-GM-15-006), led by the National Institute of General Medical Sciences.

The goal of this FOA is to help researchers generate reproducible, unbiased, and properly validated results by designing, developing, and implementing exportable training modules for graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and beginning investigators. NCCAM will consider applications that fit with the Center’s mission, research priorities, and strategic plan. A list of FAQs on this FOA is available. Letters of Intent are due October 20, 2014, and applications on November 20, 2014.

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Thanks so very much for taking your time to create this very useful and informative site. I have learned a lot from your site. Thanks!!

I really wish you would encourage researchers to use the Traditional Chinese Medicine diagnoses when they perform acupuncture research.  Acupuncture taken out of that context stands little chance of showing any kind of efficacy due to the many various diagnoses and the points that would be considered appropriate for each different type of treatment.  For example, knee pain due to Deficiency, ST36 would be considered an appropriate point because not only is it a local point for knee pain, it is also a ST Qi tonifying point.  However, if the pain were more acute, let’s say, due to a torn ligament, the knee is more swollen, the pain is more sharp, in TCM, this would be more of an Excess condition and ST36, due to it’s tonifying nature might actually make the pain worse.  Without these considerations, the results of any acupuncture research would be random at best. thanks, Lyle Najita

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