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2015 Posts

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

John S. Williamson, Ph.D.
December 21, 2015
John S. Williamson, Ph.D.

In this blog post, Dr. John S. Williamson congratulates NCCIH grantee Dr. Christina Smolke and her colleagues for engineering a yeast strain capable of synthesizing opioids.

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Emmeline Edwards, Ph.D.
December 16, 2015
Emmeline Edwards, Ph.D.

In this blog post, Dr. Emmeline Edwards, Director of NCCIH’s Division of Extramural Research, discusses new funding opportunities that focus on broad potential therapeutic and non-therapeutic uses of non-invasive neuromodulation devices for the central nervous system.

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Shelley Carow
December 11, 2015
Shelley Carow

Shelley Carow, Chief Grants Management Officer in the NCCIH Office of Grants Management, shares information about grants administration.

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Linda Duffy
December 02, 2015
Linda Duffy, Ph.D., M.P.H.

The gut microbiome may tell us more than previously thought. On October 6, John F. Cryan, Ph.D., Professor and Chair of the Department of Anatomy and Neuroscience at University College Cork, in Ireland, gave a lecture, “Towards Psychobiotics: The Microbiome as a Key Regulator of Brain and Behavior,” as part of the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health’s (NCCIH) Integrative Medicine Research Lecture Series.

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Craig Hopp
November 16, 2015
D. Craig Hopp, Ph.D.

NCCIH will hold a webinar on network pharmacology and natural products on Wednesday, December 2, 2015.

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Dale Birkle Dreer, Ph.D.
November 05, 2015
Dale Birkle Dreer, Ph.D.

SROs are scientists, most are former faculty members and NIH grantees, who manage the first level of peer review, commonly known as the study section. SROs are the people who take the first thorough look at your application, determine the expertise required for the review, recruit the external scientists to match that expertise, manage the study section meeting where the applications are discussed and scored, and prepare the summary statement for your application.

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Ashlee Tipton, Ph.D.
October 22, 2015
Ashlee Tipton, Ph.D.

In this blog post, NCCIH scientist Ashlee Tipton discusses compiling a list of natural product libraries on the NCCIH website.

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John S. Williamson, Ph.D.
October 16, 2015
John S. Williamson, Ph.D.

A recent NEJM study points to safety issues with dietary supplements.

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Wen G. Chen, Ph.D.
October 16, 2015
Wen G. Chen, Ph.D.

New RFAs represent NCCIH’s new funding mechanisms direct research attention toward investigating the mechanisms by which: 1) mind and body interventions might work, and 2) strategies to optimize these interventions.

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Catherine M. Meyers, M.D.
October 13, 2015
Catherine Meyers, M.D.

Rigor in designing and performing biomedical research and the ability to reproduce the findings are top priorities at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). One aspect of planning and implementing clinical research that we often discuss with grantees and applicants is blinding. NCCIH offers resources to help you maximize the rigor of your study.

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