|NCCAM Statement on Presentation of GAIT Results at ACR Meeting
The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) of the
National Institutes of Health (NIH) congratulates Daniel Clegg, M.D., Principal
Investigator, and the Glucosamine/Chondroitin Arthritis Intervention Trial (GAIT)
team on the presentation regarding their study at the American College of Rheumatology
Annual Meeting Plenary Session, November 14, 2005. This study of the popular
dietary supplements glucosamine and chondroitin sulfate is an example of NCCAM's
commitment to supporting rigorous research of complementary and alternative medicine
approaches and therapies.
While we appreciate the desire of the media and the community to share the results
of the GAIT study, NCCAM and our NIH study co-sponsor, the National Institute
of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases, are refraining from comment
on the study until the full results are published in the peer-reviewed literature.
In conjunction with publication in the literature, we will issue a press release
and updated material about the study. At that time we will be happy to comment
and answer questions, but we must support the embargo of the publication in which
the study may appear.
Statement Attribution: NCCAM or Stephen E. Straus, M.D., Director,
GAIT Background: Please see "Questions and Answers: NIH Glucosamine/Arthritis
Intervention Trial" at http://nccam.nih.gov/news/19972000/121100/qa.htm.
Media Requests: The week of November 14, 2005, media requests
will be handled by Daniel Clegg, M.D., GAIT Principal Investigator. Please contact
Mr. Christopher Nelson or Mr. Phil Sahm at the University of Utah Health Sciences
Public Affairs Office at 801-581-7387.
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