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Leading Researcher in Herb-Drug Interactions To Speak at NCCAM's Distinguished Lecture Series


For Immediate Release:

Tuesday, October 19, 2004

Contact

NCCAM Press Office, 301-496-7790

What

On October 26, the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM), part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), will host its Distinguished Lecture in the Science of Complementary and Alternative Medicine. Steven Kliewer, Ph.D., of The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas, will present “Reverse Herbology: Predicting and Preventing Adverse Herb-Drug Interactions.”

When

Tuesday, October 26, 2004, from noon to 1:00 p.m.

Masur Auditorium, NIH Clinical Center (Building 10)

10 Center Drive, Bethesda, Maryland

The event is free and open to the public and will be videocast live at videocast.nih.gov.

Why

Dr. Kliewer, Professor of Molecular Biology and Pharmacology at The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas, has made significant discoveries in molecular biology that have major implications for drug development. During this lecture, Dr. Kliewer will discuss the potential adverse effects of herb-drug interactions and will present scientific findings regarding activation of the PXR receptor by St. John’s wort and other herbs. He will show how this knowledge may be applied to predict and prevent harmful interactions between herbs and prescription drugs.

For more information or reasonable accommodations, call 301-594-5595, or the Federal Relay at 1-800-877-8339.

The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine’s mission is to define, through rigorous scientific investigation, the usefulness and safety of complementary and alternative medicine interventions and their roles in improving health and health care. For additional information, call NCCAM’s Clearinghouse toll free at 1-888-644-6226, or visit the NCCAM Web site at nccam.nih.gov. Follow us on Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube.