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Director’s Council of Public Representatives (COPR)

NIH Public Bulletin – December 2010

Promise for the Future in Yesterday’s Remedies

When: December 15, 2010, 9:00–10:00 a.m.
Where: NIH Campus, Lipsett Amphitheater, Building 10, Bethesda, MD
Institute: National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM)

There are many promising and affordable therapies from outside the mainstream that have a long history of use and may offer viable options for addressing disease. Among these traditional approaches is lifestyle manipulation—specifically, dietary adjustments and stress reduction—which may show promise in treating certain forms of cancer or alleviating some of the side effects of current cancer therapies. Similar opportunities lie in generic FDA-approved drugs and nutritional supplements. These therapies share one feature: because there is not enough money to be made on them, industry has little incentive to fund their development or rigorously test them in human studies.

This month, Harvard researcher Vikas P. Sukhatme will discuss the importance and benefits of studying such "fiscal orphans" and the challenges in trying to make these therapies more widely available and accepted. Dr. Sukhatme will be the featured speaker for the Second Annual Stephen E. Straus Distinguished Lecture in the Science of Complementary and Alternative Medicine, titled "Promise for the Future in Yesterday's Remedies: Traditional Therapies to Modern Medicine."

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Sign language interpretation will be provided; for other reasonable accommodation, call Karen Davison at (301) 984-7191. The event is free and open to the public.

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