NCCAM Director
Josephine Briggs

In the last couple of years, NCCAM has gradually developed its web site to be more responsive to public interest in CAM and integrative medicine. In May it took another step and launched a blog written by director Josephine Briggs, MD. Readers may make comments on each post, which are reviewed before being added.

In her post of May 24, “Integrative”—What Is in a Word?
Briggs focuses on a topic of signal importance as the field begins to become far more integrated with and understood by convention practice and therapy: the definition of “integrative medicine.” (more…)


NCCAM’s 10th Anniversary Event Goes Deep into Human Biology
NCCAM’s symposium on Dec. 10 at NIH will include discussions of its early research projects starting to focus on the the processes of disease and illness at the microbiological level and on the neurological factors related to integrative approaches like meditation.

NCCAM Director Josephine P. Briggs, M.D. will host the day-long event that includes these topics:

Natural Products, moderated by Robert Nussenblatt, M.D., Acting Scientific and Clinical Director, Division of Intramural Research, NCCAM (more…)

Re-born NIH Wellness Unit: Clinical-Research Factor?

Steve_Burd_Safeway02In April of 2008 I sat in the audience at the World Health Care Congress here in Washington and listened to Safeway CEO Steve Burd describe the impressive success his company attained by putting behavior-centric wellness programs into place. It was impressive, and I thought that the concept might find quick appeal among other self-insureds.

But I didn’t anticipate that the company’s “Healthy Measures” program would largely define a piece of the Senate’s health reform package. But here it is, referred to by its sponsor, Sen. John Ensign (R-Nev.) as the “Safeway Amendment.” A good summary of how these approaches have arrived in the reform bill was published today in the Washington Post. (more…)

When President Obama paid a visit to the campus at NIH last week, he announced a $10 billion investment in the programs run by the institution, including $8.2 billion to be spent in 2009 and 2010 on research. Of that total, a little over $32 million will be spent within the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM), or about .36% of the research dollars. (more…)

In a press release today, NCCAM announced that Elizabeth H. Blackburn, Ph.D. of UCSF, a co-winner of the 2009 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, is at work under an NCCAM grant studying “mindfulness-based stress reduction in addressing stress and obesity.” (more…)