NCCAM Will Establish New CAM Research Centers

The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) announced it will establish new centers for research on complementary and alternative medicine (CAM). The new initiative will include three companion programs: Centers of Excellence for Research on CAM, Developmental Centers for Research on CAM, and Planning Grants for International Centers for Research on CAM. "These programs are designed to enlist researchers from multiple disciplines--in both conventional medicine and complementary and alternative medicine--to apply their expertise to advance complementary and alternative medicine research," said Stephen E. Straus, MD, NCCAM Director.

Centers of Excellence for Research on CAM will support projects designed to elucidate the action mechanisms of CAM modalities and will provide opportunities for molecular or cellular biologists, imaging scientists, immunologists, neurobiologists, pharmacologists, physiologists, and other scientists. Letters of intent are due March 29, 2003; receipt date is April 29, 2003.

Developmental Centers for Research on CAM will support cooperative agreements in which CAM and conventional institutions and investigators will partner to conduct exploratory and developmental research projects. According to NCCAM, "These awards will provide opportunities for CAM institutions and investigators to strengthen their research expertise and infrastructure while enabling conventional researchers to gain clinical and cultural perspectives critical to the conduct of CAM research." Letters of intent are due March 14, 2003; receipt date is April 15, 2003.

Planning Grants for International Centers for Research on CAM will enable U.S. and international institutions to jointly plan exploratory and developmental studies of traditional/alternative healing approaches. These grants will lay the groundwork for developing applications for an International Center for Research on CAM that will be called for in 2004. Letters of intent are due February 28, 2003; receipt date is March 28, 2003.

Requests for applications for these opportunities are now available at nccam.nih.gov. For further information: 888-644-6226 or [email protected]

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