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Exploring Spirituality and Health Is Topic for Next NCCAM Distinguished Lecture
What: On October 28, the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM), part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), will host a Distinguished Lecture in the Science of Complementary and Alternative Medicine. Anne Harrington, Ph.D., professor at Harvard University, will present “Is Spirituality Good for Your Health? Historical Reflections on an Emerging Research Enterprise.”
When: Friday, October 28, 2005, from 11:00 a.m. to noon
Where: 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. Harrington is a professor in the History of Science Department at Harvard University. Recognized for her excellence in teaching, research, and mentoring, she was named Loeb Harvard College Professor, a prestigious 5-year endowed chair. Specializing in the history of psychiatry, neuroscience, and other mind sciences, she has published more than 50 articles or book chapters on the topic. During this lecture, Dr. Harrington will offer the historical interrelationship between spirituality and health and will invite some critical scrutiny of the varied questions and challenges they raise

For more information or reasonable accommodations, call 301-348-1606, or the Federal Relay at 1-800-877-8339.

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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