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NCCIH's Research Centers Program

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NCCIH supports research centers to conduct multidisciplinary research not readily supported through other funding mechanisms.

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NCCIH Centers Summaries

Centers of Excellence for Research on Complementary and Integrative Health

The purpose of NCCIH’s Centers of Excellence for Research on Complementary and Integrative Health (CERCIH) program is to support synergistic, multidisciplinary, multi-project research programs that have strong potential to significantly advance the mission of NCCIH and address areas of high research priority, as described in its current Strategic Plan [nccih.nih.gov/about/plans]. Basic, mechanistic, and translational approaches are appropriate for the CERCIH, but should not propose clinical trials of efficacy/effectiveness. Studies proposing to use human participants are allowed, and indeed for some complementary health interventions, using human participants may be the only current way to conduct mechanistic studies. 

Centers for Advancing Research on Botanicals and Other Natural Products (CARBON) Program

  • Botanical Dietary Supplement Research Centers (BDSRC)

    These centers use cutting-edge techniques to conduct research on botanicals in dietary supplements. The long-term goal is to support development of preclinical data needed in preparation for definitive clinical trials on botanical products. The centers focus on botanicals traditionally used for health maintenance and those that have shown promise for improving resilience.

  • Centers for Advancing Natural Products Innovation and Technology (CANPIT)

    The goal of this initiative is to strengthen technologies for natural products research. The CANPIT is expected to serve a leadership role by coordinating scientific discourse and disseminating methodology and best practices to the natural product research community. The CANPIT centers collaborate directly with other grantees through CANPIT Technology Demonstration Projects.

Center of Excellence for Natural Product Drug Interaction Research

The goal of this program is to develop a definitive approach to determining the clinical relevance of pharmacokinetic interactions between natural products and medications. The center will 1) study four to six natural products that may interact with common medications; 2) work collaboratively with NIH to plan a definitive assessment of the clinical relevance of any interactions; 3) establish a set of best practices for the study of natural product interactions with drugs; and 4) develop and maintain a database and public access portal for the resources created through this research.

Funded Research Centers

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Center Research Area Programsort descending Location
Center for Natural Product Technologies at UIC Innovative Technologies, Natural Products Centers for Advancing Natural Products Innovation and Technology Chicago, IL
Center for High-Throughput Functional Annotation of Natural Products Herbs (Botanicals), Mechanisms of Action Centers for Advancing Natural Products Innovation and Technology Dallas, TX
Botanicals and Metabolic Resiliency Herbs (Botanicals), Resilience Botanical Dietary Supplement Research Centers Baton Rouge, LA
Botanical Dietary Supplements for Women’s Health Herbs (Botanicals), Safety, Women (or Women and Girls or Females) Botanical Dietary Supplement Research Centers Chicago, IL
Dietary Botanicals in the Preservation of Cognitive and Psychological Resilience Herbs (Botanicals), Resilience Botanical Dietary Supplement Research Centers New York, NY
Systems Science Center for Musculoskeletal CAM Therapies Low-Back Pain, Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment, Spinal Manipulation Centers of Excellence for Research on Complementary and Integrative Health East Lansing, MI
RAND Center of Excellence for the Study of Appropriateness of Care in CAM Back Pain, Spinal Manipulation Centers of Excellence for Research on Complementary and Integrative Health Santa Monica, CA
Wisconsin Center for the Neuroscience and Psychophysiology of Meditation Meditation, Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Centers of Excellence for Research on Complementary and Integrative Health Madison, WI
CAM Center for Epigenetic Regulation of Inflammation Epigenetics, Herbs (Botanicals), Inflammation Centers of Excellence for Research on Complementary and Integrative Health Columbia, SC
Natural Product-–Drug Interactions Research: The Roadmap to Best Practices Drug interactions, Natural Products Center of Excellence for Natural Product Drug Interaction Research Seattle, WA

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