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Tuesday, October 19, 2004


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Leading Researcher in Herb-Drug Interactions To Speak at NCCAM's Distinguished Lecture Series

What: On October 26, the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM), part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), will host its Distinguished Lecture in the Science of Complementary and Alternative Medicine. Steven Kliewer, Ph.D., of The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas, will present “Reverse Herbology: Predicting and Preventing Adverse Herb-Drug Interactions.”
When: Tuesday, October 26, 2004, from noon to 1:00 p.m.
Masur Auditorium, NIH Clinical Center (Building 10)
10 Center Drive, Bethesda, Maryland
The event is free and open to the public and will be videocast live at http://videocast.nih.gov.
Why: Dr. Kliewer, Professor of Molecular Biology and Pharmacology at The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas, has made significant discoveries in molecular biology that have major implications for drug development. During this lecture, Dr. Kliewer will discuss the potential adverse effects of herb-drug interactions and will present scientific findings regarding activation of the PXR receptor by St. John's wort and other herbs. He will show how this knowledge may be applied to predict and prevent harmful interactions between herbs and prescription drugs.

For more information or reasonable accommodations, call 301-594-5595, or the Federal Relay at 1-800-877-8339.

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 http://www.nccam.nih.gov.


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