NCCIH Research Interests and Resources

NCCIH Research Interests and Resources


Hello, My name is David Shurtleff and I’m
currently the Acting Director of the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health
here at the National Institutes of Health. Hi, I’m Wendy Weber. I, in addition to my everyday duties, I am
also the Acting Deputy Director for NCCIH and today we want to take a moment to introduce
ourselves as the new leadership team here at NCCIH and tell you a little bit about our
priorities and strategic planning efforts. So, as many of you may know Dr. Josephine
Briggs left NCCIH in October to take on a new role as the editor in chief of the Journal
of the American Society of Nephrology. While we miss Dr. Briggs’ leadership very
much I want to assure everyone that we continue to focus on our newly formed recent strategic
plan and we will continue to make strides and efforts toward understanding and studying
complementary and integrative health approaches. So, as many of you know Americans spend around
thirty billion dollars per year out of pocket on complementary and integrative health approaches. Here at NCCIH our goal is to fund research
to better understand the safety and efficacy of these approaches. We know also that Americans use these approaches
specifically for the management of their pain conditions. Whether it’s back pain, neck pain, headaches,
or other musculoskeletal pain. We are also quite aware here at NCCIH of the
current pain and opioid epidemic that is affecting a large portion of our U.S. population. And we here at NCCIH want to evaluate whether
or not some of these complementary health approaches could actually be beneficial in
helping to manage the opioid and pain epidemic. We currently invest over 30% of our budget
in pain research and that will continue to be a priority for us. In addition to pain we are still very interested
in understanding how natural products and other mind and body interventions work as
well as how they may work for other clinical conditions. So looking forward we are very much interested
in continuing our research in natural products, particularly understanding the biological
mechanisms in natural products. In addition we are very much interested in
the neurobiological and physiological mechanisms of mind and body approaches particularly in
the context of the treatment and management of pain. In addition we are very much interested in
developing new methods for understanding the efficacy and effectiveness of clinical research
particularly as it relates to patient-centered integrative health. And finally, given that prevention is better
than treatment we are very much interested in applying these approaches to a prevention
strategy, thinking about when and how to intervene in order to improve health and prevent disease. So here at the National Center for Complementary
and Integrative Health we have a number of resources available to you in the community. We have a variety of different social media
accounts. We’re on Instagram, we’re on Facebook, we’re
on Twitter. You can follow us or look us up online. You can also subscribe to receive newsletters
from us to learn more about complementary and integrative health approaches, the science
behind it, and the current evidence that’s available. For those of you that are researchers out
in the community we have a lot of information on our website including all of the funding
opportunities that are available. And our program directors here in the Division
of Extramural Research can help you navigate finding the right funding opportunity to match
the research that you want to do. Our website is nccih.nih.gov please look us
up and we look forward to hearing from you. We’re very excited about the future of research
in complementary and integrative health and we very much look forward to your input and
contributions over the coming years.

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