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NCCIH Research Blog

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

NCCAM Research Blog Team
February 01, 2016

This week, on February 5th, the National Advisory Council for Complementary and Integrative Health will hold its first meeting of 2016. We always look forward to the great information, dialogue, and energy at our advisory council meetings.

The council meets three times per year and is charged with advising, consulting with, and making recommendations to the Center’s director on matters relating to NCCIH’s research activities and functions. Part of its role is the secondary review, in a closed session, of grant applications in light of NCCIH research priorities and program balance.

The open session often includes scientific presentations by staff and outside experts, and members of the public are welcome to attend. Speakers at the February meeting include:

  • Council member Martin Blaser, M.D., Singer Professor of Medicine and Professor of Microbiology at New York University Langone Medical Center, whose topic is  “Perturbing the Early Life Microbiome and Its Consequences;”
  • Karin Lohman, Ph.D., Director of NCCIH's Office of Policy, Planning, and Evaluation, who will provide an update on the Center’s strategic plan;”
  • Council member Helene Langevin, M.D., Professor in Residence of Medicine and Director of the Osher Center for Integrative Medicine at Harvard Medical School, who will join Partap Khalsa, Ph.D., D.C., Deputy Director of the NCCIH Division of Extramural Research, to present the NACCIH Working Group on Clinical Workforce Development Report;
  • Dr. Briggs, who, as Interim Director of the Precision Medicine Initiative Cohort Program, will update the Council on progress and activities of the program; 
  • Catherine Meyers, M.D., Director of NCCIH’s Office of Clinical and Regulatory Affairs, whose topic is “NCCIH Support for Clinical Investigators;” and
  • Robin Boineau, M.D., NCCIH Medical Officer, presenting a concept for clearance on a “Contribution of Sleep Disturbances to Chronic Pain” initiative.

Although NCCIH advisory council meetings are not videocast, meeting minutes are posted shortly after their review and approval at the following council meeting. We welcome you attend meetings in-person or review past meeting minutes to learn more about NCCIH's scientific program priorities.

Linda Duffy
January 22, 2016
Linda Duffy, Ph.D.

Dr. Claire Fraser’s NIH lecture on the functional dynamics of the gut microbiome in health and disease is now available online. In her talk, Dr. Fraser focused on the intriguing possibility that the gut microbiota may play an important role in response to vaccines and susceptibility to enteric pathogens.

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Dale Birkle Dreer, Ph.D.
January 14, 2016
Dale Birkle Dreer, Ph.D.

In this blog post, Dr. Dale Birkle Dreer, chief of NCCIH’s Office of Scientific Review, discusses updates to policies, forms, and instructions for grant applications in 2016.

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Josephine P. Briggs, M.D.
January 05, 2016
Josephine P. Briggs, M.D.

In this blog post, NCCIH Director Dr. Josephine Briggs calls attention to some of the eminent research performed by NCCIH grantees in 2015.

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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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