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2015 Posts

NCCIH-funded Research on Opioids Highlighted in Science and Nature

December 21, 2015

John S. Williamson, Ph.D.

In this blog post, Dr. John S. Williamson congratulates NCCIH grantee Dr. Christina Smolke and her colleagues for engineering a yeast strain capable of synthesizing opioids.
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Emmeline Edwards, Ph.D.

New Brain Initiative Funding Opportunities for Non-Invasive Neuromodulation Research

December 16, 2015

Emmeline Edwards, Ph.D.

In this blog post, Dr. Emmeline Edwards, Director of NCCIH's Division of Extramural Research, discusses new funding opportunities that focus on broad potential therapeutic and non-therapeutic uses of non-invasive neuromodulation devices for the central nervous system.
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Revised Grants Policy Statement Provides Key Guidance

December 11, 2015

Shelley Carow,

Shelley Carow, Chief Grants Management Officer in the NCCIH Office of Grants Management, shares information about grants administration.
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D. Craig Hopp, Ph.D.

Network Pharmacology and Natural Products Webinar

November 16, 2015

D. Craig Hopp, Ph.D.

NCCIH will hold a webinar on network pharmacology and natural products on Wednesday, December 2, 2015.
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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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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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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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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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Reduced Mortality Risks and Correlation vs. Causation

July 22, 2015

Josephine P. Briggs, M.D.

NCCIH Director Dr. Josephine Briggs discusses the difference between correlation and causation, as illustrated by a recent study on chamomile, in this blog post.
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David Shurtleff, Ph.D.

Addressing Big Data Challenges for Life Science

July 7, 2015

David Shurtleff, Ph.D.

NCCIH's blog team interviews Dr. Pieter Dorrestein on the use of big data for natural products research.
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Emmeline Edwards, Ph.D.

NCCIH Research Programs to be Featured at the 2015 American Pain Society Meeting

May 8, 2015

Emmeline Edwards, Ph.D.

NCCIH priorities in pain research and cutting-edge pain management research will be presented at the upcoming 2015 American Pain Society (APS) meeting, as Dr. Emmeline Edwards explains in this blog post.
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Looking for Input on Our Next Strategic Plan

April 14, 2015

Josephine P. Briggs, M.D.

In this blog post, NCCIH Director Dr. Josephine Briggs asks for input on research areas and topics to be included in the Center's next 5-year Strategic Plan.
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Wendy J. Weber, N.D., Ph.D., M.P.H.

The R34: An Opportunity for Critical Groundwork in Clinical Trials Research

March 24, 2015

Wendy J. Weber, N.D., Ph.D., M.P.H

In this blog post, NCCIH Branch Chief Dr. Wendy Weber describes the use of the R34 funding mechanism for early stages of clinical research on mind and body interventions.
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Emmeline Edwards, Ph.D.

Closing the Gap: Research on the Impact of Creative Arts in Military Populations

March 12, 2015

Emmeline Edwards, Ph.D.

Dr. Emmeline Edwards, Director of NCCIH's Division of Extramural Research, discusses the recent Third National Summit: Advancing Research in the Arts for Health and Well-being Across the Military Continuum in this blog post.
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NCCIH Working Group Recommends Collaborative Pain Research in Military

February 11, 2015

Josephine P. Briggs, M.D.

In this blog post, NCCIH Director Dr. Josephine Briggs discusses a report from a working group of NCCIH's Advisory Council that recommends large-scale collaborative pain research to benefit military personnel and veterans.
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