|NCCAM Awards First Director’s Fellowships for CAM Research
The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM), a component
of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), has selected the first two fellows
for the NCCAM Director’s Fellowship in Complementary and Alternative Medicine
“This prestigious fellowship constitutes an important tool through which NCCAM
can recruit and train the next generation of CAM researchers. It exemplifies
our approach to integrative medicine by fostering CAM research throughout the
NIH. We are very grateful for the support of this new concept by our colleagues
at the NIH,” said Stephen E. Straus, M.D., NCCAM Director.
The primary goal of the fellowship is to prepare new fellows for careers as
independent CAM investigators. The fellowship provides full research support
for 2 years of clinical, translational, and/or laboratory research. The fellows
were selected from a highly competitive international pool of applicants.
The fellows will join the NIH Intramural Research Program and conduct research
on CAM topics in the laboratories of senior scientists of other Institutes and
Centers across the NIH. Under the mentor’s guidance, the fellow will serve as
a “bridge” between the mentor’s laboratory, where the work will be performed,
“The NCCAM Director’s Fellowship is an innovative new component in NIH’s longstanding
commitment to, and responsibility for, training the next generation of biomedical
researchers,” said Michael M. Gottesman, M.D., Deputy Director for Intramural
The first two NCCAM Director’s fellows are:
- Patrick P. McCue who received his Ph.D. in Molecular and Cellular Biology
from the University of Massachusetts in 2004. He is currently studying the
molecular effect of space radiation on the biology of yeast at NASA Ames Research
Center in California. James Phang, M.D., of the National Cancer Institute will
mentor Dr. McCue while he studies the effects of chemical compounds from botanical
extracts on mechanisms of cancer cell death.
- Marni N. Silverman who received her Ph.D. in Neuroscience from Emory University
in 2005. She will be working with Esther Sternberg, M.D., of the National Institute
of Mental Health. Dr. Silverman will study glucocorticoid resistance, which
contributes to individual variability in responses to stress. Her research
will help shed light on the influence of CAM therapies on the responses of
the brain and body to stress.
The NCCAM Director’s fellowship is funded in part by the Prince of Wales Foundation.
The Foundation distributes funding each year to benefit a wide range of causes
throughout the world, including supporting research in CAM and integrative care.
The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine's mission
is to explore complementary and alternative medical practices in the context
of rigorous science, train CAM researchers, and disseminate authoritative information
to the public and professionals. For additional information, call NCCAM's Clearinghouse
toll free at 1-888-644-6226, or visit the NCCAM Web site at nccam.nih.gov.
NCCAM is 1 of 27 institutes and centers at the National Institutes of Health,
the Federal focal point for medical research in the United States.
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Agency — includes 27 Institutes and Centers and is a component of
the U. S. Department of Health and Human Services. It is the primary Federal
agency for conducting and supporting basic, clinical, and translational medical
research, and it investigates the causes, treatments, and cures for both common
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