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Council Meeting To Feature Talk by NIH CSR Director and Intramural Research Update

August 11, 2023

Martina Schmidt, Ph.D.

Martina Schmidt, Ph.D.


Division of Extramural Activities

National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health

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My colleagues and I at the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH) invite you to join us virtually for the upcoming open session of the meeting for the National Advisory Council on Complementary and Integrative Health (NACCIH), to be held on Friday, September 8, 2023.

The open session will be livestreamed from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. ET on NIH VideoCast, and the recorded video will be made available several days later. Registration is not necessary, and all are welcome to attend online. 

The NACCIH is charged with advising, consulting with, and making recommendations to the director of NCCIH on matters relating to the Center’s research activities and functions. In the closed session, Council members provide secondary review of grant applications and provide feedback on applications needing special consideration. They also discuss NCCIH scientific program priorities as well as program balance. In the open session, NCCIH staff provide updates on the Center’s activities, policies, and funding priorities, and one or more speakers from outside NCCIH may be invited to present on topics relevant to the Center.

On September 8, the open session will offer the following presentations, which will then be discussed by Council members:

  • Dr. Helene M. Langevin, the NCCIH director, will present an update on news, events, and activities at NCCIH since the last Council meeting in May 2023.
  • Dr. Langevin and Dr. David Shurtleff, deputy director of NCCIH, will present the annual report on the activities of the NCCIH Division of Intramural Research. 
  • Dr. Noni Byrnes, director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Center for Scientific Review (CSR), will provide an update on CSR’s efforts to enhance fairness and effectiveness in peer review.
  • Staff from the NCCIH Division of Extramural Research will present two concepts for the Council’s review, comment, and voting. A concept is an early planning stage in the development of a new research initiative. The concepts to be considered by Council involve:

Current Procedure for Public Comment

As always, public comment is welcome. As members of the public can only attend this meeting virtually, public comments will be accepted in writing only. They must be emailed to me by Friday, September 1, in time to be shared with Council members in advance of the meeting. We welcome comments (up to 750 words) sent to my email address:

We hope that you can join us for part or all of the open session. 


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