|NCCAM and The Bernard Osher Foundation Announce
New Career Development Award
The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine
(NCCAM) today announced a prestigious career development award
designed to diminish the barriers that prevent complementary and
alternative medicine (CAM) clinicians from exploring a career in
research. NCCAM, a part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH),
created this award in partnership with The Bernard Osher Foundation
through a grant to the Foundation for the National Institutes of
“We are extremely pleased to have this opportunity to join forces
with The Osher Foundation in addressing one of NCCAM’s primary
goals — creating a cadre of well-trained CAM researchers,” said
Dr. Margaret A. Chesney, Acting Director of NCCAM. “This program
provides yet another mechanism through which the Center can collaborate
with the CAM community to foster the next generation of leaders
in this field.”
The Bernard Osher Foundation/NCCAM CAM Practitioner Research Career
Development Award will promote the science of complementary and
alternative medicine through research training and mentorship.
The award is for individual CAM practitioners with clinical CAM
doctorates who have had limited opportunities for research training,
but who have a strong desire to pursue a career in CAM research.
Awardees will receive up to 5 years of intensive, supervised career
development research training in the biomedical, behavioral, or
clinical sciences related to CAM. Applicants should hold a health
professional doctoral degree from a CAM institution, such as Doctor
of Chiropractic (D.C.), Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine (N.D.),
or Doctor of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (D.A.O.M.), as well
as Doctors of Osteopathy (D.O.) from medical institutions that
teach manual manipulation as part of the core curriculum.
The Bernard Osher Foundation, which is based in San Francisco,
supports three integrative medicine research centers at the University
of California, San Francisco, Harvard University, and the Karolinska
Institute in Sweden. “Because of our high regard for Dr. Stephen
E. Straus, the founding director of NCCAM, we are particularly
pleased to promote the future of integrative medicine research
through this new award,” said Bernard Osher, founder and treasurer
of the Osher Foundation.
Interested parties should visit www.nccam.nih.gov/training for
more information about the award.
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 www.nccam.nih.gov.
More information about The Bernard Osher Foundation is available
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by the United States Congress to support the mission of the National
Institutes of Health—improving health through scientific
discovery. The Foundation identifies and develops opportunities
for innovative public-private partnerships involving industry,
academia, and the philanthropic community. A nonprofit, 501(c)(3)
corporation, the Foundation raises private-sector funds for a broad
portfolio of unique programs that complement and enhance NIH priorities
and activities. The Foundation’s web site is www.fnih.org.
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and supporting basic, clinical and translational medical research,
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