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N C C A M Research Blog

NCCIH Research Blog

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

Josephine P. Briggs, M.D.
April 14, 2015
Josephine P. Briggs, M.D.

The National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH) is developing our next strategic plan that will guide the Center’s future research efforts and priority setting. As part of this process, we would like to hear from our community, including you.

We have issued a Request for Information (RFI) to help identify and consider research areas and topics to be included in the new plan. We will review and consider the comments that we receive to identify current and future needs and directions for complementary and integrative health research and research training.

I hope you will take a few minutes to share your perspectives as they relate to:

  • Emerging research needs and opportunities that should be considered as the Center’s 2016 plan is developed.
  • Research needs and opportunities articulated in the Center’s current strategic plan that should be modified because of progress over the past 5 years. Challenges or barriers to progress in research on complementary and integrative health approaches and their roles in improving health and health care.  (The Center’s current plan is available at
  • Gaps and opportunities across the research continuum from basic through clinical studies. The Center is particularly interested in feedback on clinical research needs and opportunities.  

You may email your suggestion directly to or enter the information online

Thank you, as always, for your work and support of our research mission.

March 24, 2015
Wendy Weber, N.D., Ph.D., M.P.H.
Wendy J. Weber, N.D., Ph.D., M.P.H.

In this blog post, NCCIH Branch Chief Dr. Wendy Weber describes the use of the R34 funding mechanism for early stages of clinical research on mind and body interventions.

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March 12, 2015
Emmeline Edwards, Ph.D.
Portrait of Dr. Edwards

Dr. Emmeline Edwards, Director of NCCIH’s Division of Extramural Research, discusses the recent Third National Summit: Advancing Research in the Arts for Health and Well-being Across the Military Continuum in this blog post.

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February 11, 2015
Josephine P. Briggs, M.D.
Josephine P. Briggs, M.D.

In this blog post, NCCIH Director Dr. Josephine Briggs discusses a report from a working group of NCCIH’s Advisory Council that recommends large-scale collaborative pain research to benefit military personnel and veterans.

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December 15, 2014
NCCAM Blog Team

Lucy Bauer holds a Post-Baccalaureate Intramural Research Training Award (IRTA) position at NCCAM. Last week on the NIH's “I Am Intramural” blog, she shared her experience as an NIH postbac.

Learn more about applying to the NIH Postbac IRTA Program, which gives recent college graduates who are planning to apply to graduate or professional school a chance to train at the NIH for one or two years.

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