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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.

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

We are excited to announce that NCCIH will hold a webinar on the topic of network pharmacology and natural products on Wednesday, December 2, 2015, and we invite you to join us. Its purpose is to discuss new technology that has the potential to elucidate how natural products impact biological networks. The Center is seeking input on focus areas to strengthen NCCIH’s natural products research portfolio.

Traditionally, natural products have been examined for their biological activity against specific biological targets.  Researchers have known for some time, however, that many natural products interact with multiple biological targets. For example, compounds with a high selectivity for a single target may also interact with secondary biological targets. Most of these secondary interactions to date have not been examined closely for their impact in mammals. Modern technologies allow researchers to conduct systems-level research in ways that were never before possible. 

This webinar, chaired by Guido Pauli, Pharm.D., Ph.D., Professor at the College of Pharmacy, University of Illinois at Chicago, will feature research presentations by several experts and a discussion of the best way to apply the tools and techniques of network pharmacology to the study of natural products.

We hope that you will be able to participate.

Network Pharmacology and Natural Products Webinar
Wednesday, December 2, 2015
1:00–4:00 p.m. EST
Register online


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

Who are scientific review officers (SROs) and what do they do?

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

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

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

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

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

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October 13, 2015
Catherine Meyers, M.D.
Portrait of Dr. Meyers

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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