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Media Advisory: Shaw Prize winner to chair one-day NIH workshop on the search for novel, nonopioid natural products for pain relief

For Immediate Release:
Monday, January 28, 2019

What: Chaired by 2010 Shaw Prize recipient Dr. David Julius of the University of California, San Francisco, the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health’s Natural Products and Pain workshop is designed to facilitate the identification of novel, effective, and nonopioid analgesic natural products that are not addictive. Speakers from government, industry, and academia will discuss the history of and research barriers to the study of such natural products for treating and managing pain. Discussions will focus on identifying promising leads based on traditional medicine, discovery and identification of active plant-, animal-, and microbial-derived natural products, and how to characterize their mechanisms of action. Talks will be organized around promising known nonopioid classes of natural products from various sources and will address discoveries and challenges past researchers have encountered.

Why: This workshop targets researchers engaged in basic and mechanistic scientific inquiry in the fields of natural products and pain signaling. By the end of the workshop, NCCIH hopes to uncover novel and important contributions aimed at solving the current pain and opioid crises.

When: Wednesday, February 6, 2019; 8:30 a.m.–6:00 p.m. EST.

Where: Balcony B, Natcher Conference Center (Building 45), NIH Main Campus, Bethesda, MD.This workshop will be streamed live and archived on the NIH Videocast website. Registration is required for in-person attendance.

Members of the media can contact the NCCIH Press Team at or 301-496-7790 to register.

Who’s hosting: This lecture is hosted by the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH) at the National Institutes of Health.


About the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH):
NCCIH’s mission is to define, through rigorous scientific investigation, the usefulness and safety of complementary and integrative health approaches and their roles in improving health and health care. For additional information, call NCCIH’s Clearinghouse toll free at 1-888-644-6226. Follow us on Twitter, Facebook , and YouTube.

About the National Institutes of Health (NIH): NIH, the nation’s medical research agency, includes 27 Institutes and Centers and is a component of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. NIH is the primary federal agency conducting and supporting basic, clinical, and translational medical research, and is investigating the causes, treatments, and cures for both common and rare diseases. For more information about NIH and its programs, visit