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2016 Posts

David Shurtleff, Ph.D.

BRAIN Initiative Researchers Meet to Share Progress

December 9, 2016

David Shurtleff, Ph.D.

Learn about the Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies® (BRAIN) Initiative, an effort to develop new tools and technologies to understand the healthy and diseased brain.
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Partap S. Khalsa, D.C., Ph.D.

Now Hiring: Program Director for the Microbiome-Gut-Brain Research Area

October 5, 2016

Partap S. Khalsa, D.C., Ph.D.

In this blog post, Dr. Partap Khalsa welcomes applicants for a program director position in the NCCIH Division of Extramural Research’s Basic and Mechanistic Research Branch.
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Wendy J. Weber, N.D., Ph.D., M.P.H.

Building a Foundation for Clinical Trials of Natural Products

September 27, 2016

Wendy J. Weber, N.D., Ph.D., M.P.H

Perspectives from Wendy Weber, N.D., Ph.D., M.P.H. on research results, controversies, and funding opportunities in complementary and integrative health.
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Richard L. Nahin, Ph.D., M.P.H.

New Review Offers Providers and Researchers Evidence-Based Information on Complementary Health Approaches for Pain

September 1, 2016

Richard L. Nahin, Ph.D., M.P.H.

In this blog post, NCCIH's Richard Nahin discusses his research study on complementary health approaches for pain management in the U.S. and presents two videos by Partap Khalsa and Wendy Weber.
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Updated: Apply for NIH Loan Repayment Programs September 1 through December 1

August 19, 2016

Ashlee Tipton, Ph.D.

In this blog post, Dr. Ashlee Tipton discusses the NIH Loan Repayment Programs to help deal with student debt.
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David Shurtleff, Ph.D.

New Funding Opportunity for Centers of Excellence

August 8, 2016

David Shurtleff, Ph.D.

In this blog post, NCCIH Deputy Director Dr. David Shurtleff discusses the new Center of Excellence for Research on Complementary and Integrative Health (CERCIH) program to promote synergistic research.
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Martina Schmidt, Ph.D.

Working on a Grant Application This Summer?

July 28, 2016

Martina Schmidt, Ph.D.

Planning to submit a grant application? These tips from Dr. Martina Schmidt, Chief of NCCIH's Office of Scientific Review, should help.
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Catherine Meyers, M.D.

Single IRB Policy Will Streamline Multi-Site Clinical Research

July 25, 2016

Catherine Meyers, M.D.

A new NIH policy establishes the expectation that a single IRB of record will be used in the ethical review for NIH-funded multi-site, non-exempt human subjects research protocols.
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Lanay M. Mudd, Ph.D.

New Funding Opportunity for Advancing Resilience Research

June 30, 2016

Lanay M. Mudd, Ph.D.

NIH seeks research applications on the mechanisms and processes of resilience.
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Enhancing Scientific Literacy and the Understanding of Clinical Research

June 23, 2016

Shawn Stout,

This blog post highlights NCCIH's desire to develop materials and partnerships to increase understanding by consumers of biomedical research and more informed, evidence-based decisions about their health.
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Wendy J. Weber, N.D., Ph.D., M.P.H.

New Focus on Innovative Clinical Trial Designs

June 21, 2016

Wendy J. Weber, N.D., Ph.D., M.P.H

One of NCCIH's top scientific priorities involves assessing complementary health approaches via clinical trials that use innovative study designs.
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Job Opportunity: Program Director for Research on the Gut Microbiome and Its Implications for Health

June 21, 2016

John S. Williamson, Ph.D.

Join NCCIH's Division of Extramural Research as a Program Director to drive investigations to better understand the human microbiome.
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Can Complementary and Integrative Health Approaches Improve Health Across the Lifespan?

June 16, 2016

Eve Reider, Ph.D.

In this blog post, Dr. Eve Reider discusses NCCIH initiatives that may help determine if and how complementary and integrative health approaches may contribute to disease prevention and health promotion across the lifespan.
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Wen G. Chen, Ph.D.

What Can We Learn by Studying Neurobiological Effects and Mechanisms?

June 9, 2016

Wen Chen, Ph.D.

In this blog report, Dr. Wen Chen talks about NCCIH objectives for research on neurobiological effects and mechanisms.
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Partap S. Khalsa, D.C., Ph.D.

New Priorities for Nonpharmacologic Management of Pain

June 7, 2016

Partap S. Khalsa, D.C., Ph.D.

In this blog post, Dr. Partap Khalsa talks about NCCIH's priorities for pain research, such as managing chronic pain via non-drug means.
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NCCIH’s New Strategic Plan: Exploring the Science of Complementary and Integrative Health

June 3, 2016

Josephine P. Briggs, M.D.

NCCIH Director Dr. Josephine Briggs announces and outlines the Center's 2016 Strategic Plan.
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Catherine Meyers, M.D.

Coming Together To Explore Ethical and Regulatory Issues of Pragmatic Clinical Trials

June 1, 2016

Catherine Meyers, M.D.

Dr. Catherine Meyers, Director of the NCCIH Office of Clinical and Regulatory Affairs, discusses the NIH emphasis on ethical and regulatory issues related to clinical trials.
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Communicating Research Results to the Public Using Traditional and Social Media

May 16, 2016

Irene Liu, M.P.H.

In her blog post, NCCIH Public Liaison Officer Irene Liu addresses ways scientists can enhance public understanding of science and research.
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Emmeline Edwards, Ph.D.

Funding Your Research: Going Beyond the Standard NIH R01

May 13, 2016

Emmeline Edwards, Ph.D.

In this blog post, Dr. Emmeline Edwards offers advice on NIH funding opportunities and mechanisms, and discusses the NCCIH-sponsored session on funding opportunities at the upcoming 2016 ICIMH meeting.
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Emmeline Edwards, Ph.D.

NCCIH Research Priorities Highlighted at APS 2016, May 11 to 14

May 10, 2016

Emmeline Edwards, Ph.D.

In this blog post, Dr. Emmeline Edwards discusses NCCIH priorities in pain and pain management research, & highlights NCCIH involvement at the 2016 American Pain Society's annual meeting.
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Partap S. Khalsa, D.C., Ph.D.

Can Complementary and Integrative Approaches for Pain Management Engage Brain Circuitry of Endogenous Pain Modulation?

May 10, 2016

Partap S. Khalsa, D.C., Ph.D.

In this blog post, Dr. Partap Khalsa discusses NCCIH priorities for pain research and highlights promising avenues of investigation.
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Do Mindfulness Approaches Have the Potential To Prevent Substance Use and Abuse in Youth?

May 4, 2016

Eve Reider, Ph.D.

NCCIH is sponsoring a special workshop at the 2016 International Congress on Integrative Medicine & Health, “Do Mindfulness Approaches Have the Potential to Prevent Substance Use and Abuse in Youth?"
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Wen G. Chen, Ph.D.

What Are the Best Ways To Study How Complementary and Integrative Health Approaches Work in Humans?

April 28, 2016

Wen Chen, Ph.D.

In this blog post, Dr. Wen Chen discusses the need for mechanistic research in clinical studies.
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Wendy J. Weber, N.D., Ph.D., M.P.H.

NCCIH Priorities and Funding Opportunities for Clinical Research: Designs To Match the Stage of Research—an NCCIH Session at the ICIMH

April 25, 2016

Wendy J. Weber, N.D., Ph.D., M.P.H

In this blog post, Dr. Wendy Weber talks about an upcoming session at the International Congress on Integrative Medicine and Health (ICIMH) that deals with what NCCIH is looking for in clinical research applications.
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Moving Promising Tools and Technologies Toward the Marketplace

April 22, 2016

John S. Williamson, Ph.D.

In this blog post, Dr. John Williamson of NCCIH's Division of Extramural Research talks about two projects that have received NCCIH funding via SBIR grants.
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Lanay M. Mudd, Ph.D.

Selecting the ‘Right’ Comparators for Meditative Movement Interventions

April 18, 2016

Lanay M. Mudd, Ph.D.

Dr. Lanay Mudd previews a session that will be held at the ICIMH conference in May. The topic is selecting appropriate comparators in studies of meditative movement interventions such as tai chi, qi gong, and yoga.
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Emmeline Edwards, Ph.D.

Join NCCIH at the International Congress on Integrative Medicine and Health

April 16, 2016

Emmeline Edwards, Ph.D.

In this blog post, Dr. Emmeline Edwards previews the sessions that NCCIH will offer at the International Congress on Integrative Medicine and Health in May 2016.
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Requesting Comments on NCCIH’s Draft Strategic Plan

March 30, 2016

Josephine P. Briggs, M.D.

NCCIH solicits opinions on its 2016-2021 draft Strategic Plan.
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David Shurtleff, Ph.D.

NIH Scientific Summit on Marijuana and Cannabinoids Begins March 22

March 18, 2016

David Shurtleff, Ph.D.

This blog post announces the upcoming NIH event: "Marijuana and Cannabinoids: A Neuroscience Research Summit” to be held March 22-23, 2016.
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Partap S. Khalsa, D.C., Ph.D.

NCCIH Clinician-Scientist Workforce Working Group Report

March 4, 2016

Partap S. Khalsa, D.C., Ph.D.

In this blog post, Dr. Partap Khalsa reports on the National Advisory Council for Complementary and Integrative Health Working Group on Clinician-Scientist Workforce Development.
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Advisory Council Meets on February 5th

February 1, 2016

NCCIH Research Blog Team,


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Fraser’s Dyer Lecture Explores Probiotics and the Human Gut

January 22, 2016

Linda Duffy, Ph.D., M.P.H.

Dr. Claire Fraser's NIH lecture on the functional dynamics of the gut microbiome in health and disease is now available online. In her talk, Dr. Fraser focused on the intriguing possibility that the gut microbiota may play an important role in response to vaccines and susceptibility to enteric pathogens.
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Take Notice of NIH Guide Notices for 2016 Grant Applications

January 14, 2016

Dale Birkle Dreer, Ph.D.

In this blog post, Dr. Dale Birkle Dreer, chief of NCCIH's Office of Scientific Review, discusses updates to policies, forms, and instructions for grant applications in 2016.
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NCCIH Notable Research From 2015

January 5, 2016

Josephine P. Briggs, M.D.

In this blog post, NCCIH Director Dr. Josephine Briggs calls attention to some of the eminent research performed by NCCIH grantees in 2015.
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