|NCCAM Welcomes Five New Members to Its National Advisory Council
The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) welcomes
five new members to the National Advisory Council for Complementary and Alternative
Medicine (NACCAM). The Council serves as the principal advisory body to NCCAM,
a component of the National Institutes of Health within the Department of Health
and Human Services.
The Council, which meets three times a year, is composed of physicians, scientists,
licensed alternative and complementary medicine practitioners, and representatives
of the public who contribute their time and expertise over a 4-year term. Council
members offer advice and recommendations on the prioritization, conduct, and
support of complementary and alternative medicine research, including research
training and disseminating health information derived from NCCAM's research.
New NACCAM members include:
- Silvia Corvera, M.D., Professor, Program in Molecular Medicine and Department
of Cell Biology, University of Massachusetts Medical School, Worcester, MA
- Joan E. B. Fox, Ph.D., Professor, Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine
of Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH
- Ted J. Kaptchuk, O.M.D., Assistant Professor of Medicine, Director, Asian
Medicine and Healing Program, Harvard Medical School, Osher Institute, Cambridge,
- Bruce G. Redman, D.O., Clinical Professor, Department of Internal Medicine,
University of Michigan Health System, Ann Arbor, MI
- Danny D. Shen, Ph.D., Professor and Chair, Department of Pharmacy, University
of Washington, Seattle, WA
Silvia Corvera, M.D. Dr. Corvera is Professor in the Program
in Molecular Medicine and Department of Cell Biology at the University of Massachusetts
Medical School. She trained as an endocrinologist; she has focused her efforts
on understanding type II diabetes, a metabolic disease that currently affects
12 million adults in the U.S. alone. Dr. Corvera has served on the editorial
boards of Diabetes and the Journal of Biological Chemistry.
Joan E. B. Fox, Ph.D. Dr. Fox is Professor in the Departments
of Molecular Cardiology, Cardiovascular Medicine, and Center for Integrative
Medicine (where she was the founding director) at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation,
and Professor in the Department of Physiology and Biophysics, Case Western Reserve
University. Her research focuses on intracellular signaling mechanisms regulating
cell migration and movement, vascular biology, atherosclerosis, and formation
of blood vessels. Her research also includes studying mechanisms by which complementary
mind-body practices affect the cardiovascular system. Dr. Fox practices many
complementary therapies, including Reiki.
Ted J. Kaptchuk, O.M.D. Dr. Kaptchuk is Associate Director
of the Osher Institute, Harvard Medical School, Director of the Asian Medicine
and Healing Program at Harvard Medical School, and Assistant Professor of Medicine
at Harvard Medical School. His original training includes a doctorate in East
Asian medicine from Macau Institute of Chinese Medicine, and he is considered
an expert in many forms of alternative medicine. His recent research centers
on clinical, basic mechanism biological and psychosocial mechanisms, and methodological
implications of placebo effects.
Bruce G. Redman, D.O. Dr. Redman is a Clinical Professor within
the Department of Internal Medicine and serves as Chair of the Comprehensive
Cancer Center Data Monitoring Committee at the University of Michigan. He is
an advisor to the Food and Drug Administration as a member of the Oncology Drug
Advisory Committee, and is also Executive Officer of the Southwest Oncology Group,
the largest cooperative clinical trials group in the United States. Dr. Redmanís
research interests focus on immunotherapeutic approaches to the treatment of
cancer, especially as they apply to melanoma and kidney cancer.
Danny D. Shen, Ph.D. Dr. Shen is Professor and Chair of the
Department of Pharmacy at the University of Washington. He is also a Full Member
of the Clinical Research Division at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
where he directs the Pharmacokinetics Laboratory within the Clinical Research
Division. Dr. Shenís research focuses on metabolic interactions between drugs
and herbal supplements and drug delivery to the central nervous system. He serves
on the editorial boards of the Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences and Pharmaceutical
Research and is a fellow of the American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists.
The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicineís 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 NCCAMís Clearinghouse
toll free at 1-888-644-6226, or visit the NCCAM Web site at www.nccam.nih.gov.
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) — The Nation's Medical Research
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
and rare diseases. For more information about NIH and its programs, visit www.nih.gov.