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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 06, 2014
Emmeline Edwards, Ph.D.

In this blog post, Dr. Emmeline Edwards, Director of NCCAM’s Division of Extramural Research, announces the appointment of Dr. Partap Khalsa as Deputy Director of the Division and Drs. Wendy Weber and John S. Williamson as Chiefs of the new Clinical Research in Complementary and Integrative Health Branch and Basic and Mechanistic Research in Complementary and Integrative Health Branch, respectively.

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Partap S. Khalsa, D.C., Ph.D.
May 01, 2014
Partap Khalsa, D.C., Ph.D.

In this blog post, Dr. Partap Khalsa, Deputy Director of NCCAM’s Division of Extramural Research, discusses new recommended standards for research on chronic low-back pain.

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April 16, 2014
Barbara Stussman

In this blog post, NCCAM statistician Barbara Stussman discusses the 2012 National Health Interview Survey (NHIS), which asked about Americans’ use of complementary and alternative medicine..

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Josephine P. Briggs, M.D.
March 17, 2014
Josephine P. Briggs, M.D.

The NIH community was delighted to welcome His Holiness the Dalai Lama on March 7 to present the annual NIH J. Edward Rall Cultural Lecture, in which he discussed “The Role of Science in Human Flourishing.” Not surprisingly, the event—a conversation between the Dalai Lama and NIH Director Dr. Francis Collins—drew a large and engaged audience.

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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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Craig Hopp
January 24, 2014
D. Craig Hopp, Ph.D.

I have an exciting new funding opportunity announcement (FOA) to tell you about: the “Center for Advancing Natural Products Innovation and Technology (U41),” or RFA-AT-14-006. This grant is part of a diverse portfolio of projects on natural products research cosponsored by NCCAM and the NIH Office of Dietary Supplements (ODS). The goal of this FOA is to improve upon and strengthen the technologies and methods used in natural-products research—leading to better understanding of the biology and chemistry of natural products and how they impact health and wellness.

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Josephine P. Briggs, M.D.
January 02, 2014
Josephine P. Briggs, M.D.

“Pragmatic trials” are the new buzz in clinical research. I want to spend this post talking a bit about why—and the reasons for NCCAM’s particular interest in this topic.

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