Media Advisory

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Research Symposium Will Explore the Science of Complementary and Alternative Medicine

What: The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) will celebrate a decade of rigorous research with NCCAM's 10th Anniversary Research Symposium: Exploring the Science of Complementary and Alternative Medicine. Speakers will discuss topics including natural products, mind-body medicine, and the intersection of behavioral science and integrative medicine. They include Jeffrey I. Gordon, M.D., Claire M. Fraser-Liggett, Ph.D., Joseph P. Noel, Ph.D., Bruce R. Rosen, M.D., Ph.D., Richard J. Davidson, Ph.D., and keynote speaker Susan Folkman, Ph.D.

Why: People have used some complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) therapies since ancient times and often with little scientific evidence. Since its inception in 1999, NCCAM has addressed the need to examine CAM approaches through the scope of rigorous scientific research and supported more than 2,200 research projects at scientific institutions across the United States and around the world. This symposium will highlight advances in the field of CAM research.

When: Tuesday, December 8, 2009, 9 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. ET

Where: Masur Auditorium, Building 10, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, Maryland

More information: This event will be videocast at For more information, visit

Who Should Attend: The event is open to the public and registration is not required.

Hosts: Josephine P. Briggs, M.D., director of NCCAM

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 1999–2009: Celebrating 10 years of rigorous research.

About the National Institutes of Health (NIH): 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. NIH is the primary federal agency conducting and supporting basic, clinical, and translational medical research, and is investigating the causes, treatments, and cures for both common and rare diseases. For more information about NIH and its programs, visit

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