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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.

Interacting With Your Scientific Review Officer

November 5, 2015

Dale Birkle Dreer, Ph.D.

SROs are scientists, most are former faculty members and NIH grantees, who manage the first level of peer review, commonly known as the study section. SROs are the people who take the first thorough look at your application, determine the expertise required for the review, recruit the external scientists to match that expertise, manage the study section meeting where the applications are discussed and scored, and prepare the summary statement for your application.

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Natural Product Libraries a Resource for Researchers

October 22, 2015

Ashlee Tipton, Ph.D.

In this blog post, NCCIH scientist Ashlee Tipton discusses compiling a list of natural product libraries on the NCCIH website.

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Wen G. Chen, Ph.D.

New Funding Initiatives on “Phased Innovation Award for Mechanistic Studies to Optimize Mind and Body Interventions”

October 16, 2015

Wen Chen, Ph.D.

New RFAs represent NCCIH’s new funding mechanisms direct research attention toward investigating the mechanisms by which: 1) mind and body interventions might work, and 2) strategies to optimize these interventions.

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Approach Dietary Supplements with Caution

October 16, 2015

John S. Williamson, Ph.D.

A recent NEJM study points to safety issues with dietary supplements.

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Catherine Meyers, M.D.

Planning for Effective Blinding

October 13, 2015

Catherine Meyers, M.D.

Rigor in designing and performing biomedical research and the ability to reproduce the findings are top priorities at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). One aspect of planning and implementing clinical research that we often discuss with grantees and applicants is blinding. NCCIH offers resources to help you maximize the rigor of your study.

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D. Craig Hopp, Ph.D.

A Nobel for Natural Product Discoveries

October 7, 2015

D. Craig Hopp, Ph.D.

Natural products researchers receive 2015 Nobel Prize in Medicine or Physiology.

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D. Craig Hopp, Ph.D.

New Center To Provide Leadership on Natural Product-Drug Interactions

September 14, 2015

D. Craig Hopp, Ph.D.

Dr. Craig Hopp announces NCCIH's grant for a new Center of Excellence for Natural Product Drug Interaction Research in this blog post.

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Natural Products As Potential Weapons Against Lethal Viruses

September 2, 2015

John S. Williamson, Ph.D.

In this blog post. Dr. John Williamson describes intriguing cutting-edge research on the development of anti-HIV drugs from natural products.

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Emmeline Edwards, Ph.D.

New Extramural Staff Bring Expertise, Experience

August 17, 2015

Emmeline Edwards, Ph.D.

Five new scientists bring a broad range of expertise to NCCIH's Division of Extramural Research. Dr. Emmeline Edwards welcomes them in this blog post.

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New Analysis Adds to Understanding of Pain in America

August 11, 2015

Josephine P. Briggs, M.D.

In this blog post, NCCIH Director Dr. Josephine Briggs discusses new research findings that 11.2 percent of Americans experience chronic pain and 17.6 percent suffer from severe pain. NCCIH is leading efforts to find nondrug approaches for treating pain and related conditions.

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