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NIH Research on Health and Well-being To Be Discussed at February 8th Advisory Council Meeting

January 24, 2019
Partap S. Khalsa, D.C., Ph.D.
Partap S. Khalsa, D.C., Ph.D.

Director, Division of Extramural Activities
National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health
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On Friday, February 8, the National Advisory Council for Complementary and Integrative Health (NACCIH) will hold its second meeting of Fiscal Year 2019. We invite our readers and other stakeholders to hear updates on the Center’s activities, policies, and funding priorities during the meeting’s open session. NCCIH will livestream that session on NIH Videocast from 10:00 a.m. to 3:20 p.m. ET, and it will be archived.

We look forward to the first welcome and report to the Council by our new Director, Helene Langevin, M.D. The agenda also features a symposium, “NIH Research on Well-being.” The topic of emotional well-being, while a relatively new one for NCCIH, is one of our research priorities. We are interested in improving the well-being and health of people through the study of complementary therapies that can address problems such as chronic pain and the conditions that often accompany it. Well-being is also an aspect of disease prevention and health promotion.

Our speakers discussing research on well-being at their NIH institutes and centers include:

  • Emmeline Edwards, Ph.D., Director, Division of Extramural Research (DER), NCCIH
  • Wendy Smith, Ph.D., Associate Director, NIH Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research
  • Lisbeth Nielsen, Ph.D., Chief, Individual Behavioral Processes Branch, Division of Behavioral and Social Research, National Institute of Aging
  • Rosalind King, Ph.D., Associate Director for Prevention, Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development 
  • Eve Reider, Ph.D., Associate Director, Prevention Research, Division of Services and Intervention Research, National Institute of Mental Health.

Catherine Meyers, M.D., Director of the NCCIH Office of Clinical and Regulatory Affairs, will give the Center’s triennial “Report on Human Subjects in Clinical Trials.” She will be followed by Lanay Mudd, Ph.D., program director, DER, who will present a research concept for clearance by the Council of a funding opportunity announcement for institutional research training (T90/R90 mechanisms). 

The NACCIH meets three times per year and is charged with advising, consulting with, and making recommendations to the Center Director on matters relating to NCCIH’s research activities and functions. In closed sessions, it provides secondary review of grant applications with respect to NCCIH research priorities and program balance.

We welcome you to attend the open session either in person here in Bethesda, Maryland or via NIH Videocast. You may also review past meeting minutes.


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Dear Dr. Helene Langevin and All advisory board members,Well-being in emotion is a very important aspect of healthcare. Hope you recommend Tai Chi, Zen-meditation, and Chinese herbal medicine research (for example, there is a herbal formula used over 1,000 years, Xiao Yao San).Of course, acupuncture, it has over 35 (even probably 40) million treatments per year in the US. One of major conditions licensed acupuncturists treated daily is emotion related disorders (such as depression, anxiety, etc).Thanks!Arthur Yin Fan, MD, PhD, LAc.

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