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Distinguished Lecture Series

The Stephen E. Straus Distinguished Lecture Series was established to honor the founding director of the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (renamed the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health in 2014). The Stephen E. Straus Distinguished Lecture, the premier lecture at our Center, features leading figures in science and medicine. The lecture series is supported by the Foundation for the National Institutes of Health with a generous gift from Bernard and Barbro Osher.

Biography of Stephen E. Straus, M.D.

As Director of the Center from 1999 to 2006, Dr. Straus built a comprehensive research enterprise, championing the efforts to establish the efficacy and safety of complementary health practices while upholding the rigorous standards of science for which the National Institutes of Health (NIH) is known. Under his leadership, research on complementary and integrative medicine at NIH grew threefold, facilitating his vision of an evidence-based integrative approach to health care for the benefit of the public. An internationally recognized scientist, Dr. Straus also held the position of senior investigator in the Laboratory of Clinical Investigation at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.

Dr. Straus had extensive basic and clinical research experience related to many conditions including chronic fatigue syndrome, Lyme disease, HIV/AIDS, chronic hepatitis B virus, and genital herpes infections and chronic post-herpetic pain. Under his leadership, scientists demonstrated that acyclovir suppresses recurrent genital and oral herpes. He was part of the nationwide research team that showed a vaccine was effective in preventing shingles (herpes zoster virus) in older adults.

More about Dr. Stephen E. Straus

Lectures are streamed live online at

Location: Bldg 10, Lipsett Amphitheater, NIH Campus

Dr. Stephen E. Straus
Rhoda Baer

Upcoming lectures

Currently, there are no upcoming lectures.

Past lectures

December 9, 2020

All Health Is Not Created Equal: Where You Live Matters

Shannon N. Zenk, Ph.D., M.P.H., R.N., F.A.A.N.
Director, National Institute of Nursing Research
Bethesda, MD

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September 23, 2019

Why We Need a Pain Revolution: From Science to Practice

Lorimer Moseley, Ph.D.
Professor of Clinical Neurosciences and Chair in Physiotherapy School of Health Sciences
University of South Australia

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November 29, 2018

Transforming Veterans’ Health: Implementing a Whole Health System of Care

Tracy W. Gaudet, M.D.
Executive Director, Office of Patient Centered Care and Cultural Transformation
Veterans Health Administration, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs