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National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM)

Monday, June 6, 2005

NCCAM Press Office

Conference on the Biology of Manual Therapies
What: A multidisciplinary conference entitled The Biology of Manual Therapies will assess the underlying biology supporting manual therapies and identify opportunities for further research. This landmark conference will cover three primary topic areas involved in manual therapies: 1) neuroscience, 2) immunology and endocrinology, and 3) biomechanics and imaging. Examples of manual therapies include chiropractic, osteopathic manipulation, and massage therapy.
When: June 9-10, 2005
Natcher Conference Center (Building 45)
45 Center Drive
National Institutes of Health
Bethesda, Maryland
Why: Manual therapies include a host of techniques that focus primarily on the structures and systems of the body, including the bones and joints, the soft tissues, and the circulatory and lymphatic systems. There is increasing evidence that manual therapies may trigger a cascade of cellular, biomechanical, neural, and/or extracellular events as the body adapts to the external stress.

Several NIH Institutes and Centers will partner with the Canadian Institutes of Health Research to sponsor this conference. They include the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM), the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases, the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, and the National Institute for Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering.

For more information, visit nccam.nih.gov or call the NCCAM press office at 301-496-7790.

The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) is dedicated to exploring complementary and alternative medical (CAM) practices in the context of rigorous science, training CAM researchers, and disseminating 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.

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