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2004 Meetings and Workshops

NIH State of the Science Conference on Improving End-of-Life Care

Date: Monday, December 6, 2004 to Wednesday, December 8, 2004

Experts presented the latest end-of-life research findings to an independent panel. After weighing all of the scientific evidence, the panel prepared a state-of-the-science statement for comment.

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Workshop on the Safety of Black Cohosh in Clinical Studies–Meeting Summary

Date: Monday, November 22, 2004

NCCAM, in collaboration with the NIH Office of Dietary Supplements (ODS), convened a small workshop to discuss issues related to the safety of black cohosh in clinical trials.

Reverse Herbology: Predicting and Preventing Adverse Herb-Drug Interactions

Date: Tuesday, October 26, 2004

Dr. Steven Kliewer, Departments of Molecular Biology and Pharmacology, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas, presented recent findings regarding the activation of PXR, a receptor in the liver and intestine which accelerates drug metabolism, by St. John’s wort and other herbs. He discussed how this knowledge can be applied to predict and prevent harmful interactions between herbs and prescription drugs. This lecture was open to the public and could also be viewed live on the Web.

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National Advisory Council for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NACCAM)–Eighteenth Meeting

Date: Friday, September 10, 2004

NCCAM’s Advisory Council had its third meeting of 2004.

Regional Translational Research Centers

Date: Friday, July 16, 2004

The purpose of this meeting was to discuss the proposed Regional Translational Research Centers program, an NIH Roadmap initiative.

Managing Cancer and CAM

Date: Tuesday, June 22, 2004

Stephen Straus, M.D., NCCAM Director, discussed the role of complementary and alternative medicine in managing cancer. This Telephone Education Workshop was free and open to the public. It was co-sponsored by CancerCare, NCCAM, and the American Society of Clinical Oncology.

National Advisory Council for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NACCAM)–Seventeenth Meeting

Date: Friday, June 4, 2004

NCCAM's Advisory Council had its second meeting of 2004.

Share the Health

Date: Saturday, April 24, 2004

The Office of Community Liaison at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) presented the fifth annual health and fitness exposition, Share the Health, as part of NIH’s commitment to community outreach. It included interactive seminars, workshops, and activities on health promotion, disease prevention, and physical fitness. Leading NIH physicians and scientists shared their knowledge by presenting a series of lively discussions, interactive workshops, and hands-on activities that related to a variety of health topics. This event was free and open to the public.

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Impacts of Stress

Date: Wednesday, March 31, 2004

Dr. McEwen discussed the important role that the endocrine and nervous systems play in the communication between the brain and the rest of the body and how common, low levels of stress over time, such as stress caused by the events of everyday life, can affect health. Dr. McEwen also discussed the impact of stress on the immune system and regions of the brain involved in fear and cognitive function.

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The National Sleep Conference

Date: Monday, March 29, 2004 to Tuesday, March 30, 2004

The National Sleep Conference was an innovative two-day program that assembled health care providers, public health and education experts, policy makers, patient advocacy organizations, sleep medicine specialists, and other stakeholders. The Conference addressed how information about sleep and sleep disorders can translate into cost-effective, comprehensive, and broadly-applied strategies to improve all aspects of sleep-related health care.

Carnitine: The Science Behind a Conditionally Essential Nutrient

Date: Thursday, March 25, 2004 to Friday, March 26, 2004

This conference addressed the following topics related to Carnitine:

  • Basic physiology and pharmacology
  • Carnitine replacement in primary and secondary carnitine deficiency syndromes
  • Carnitine supplementation in exercise, cardiovascular disease, obesity, diabetes, HIV infection, aging, cancer, and infertility.

The conference was sponsored by the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, the National Institute of Mental Health, and the Office of Dietary Supplements.

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NCCAM Strategic Planning Stakeholder Forum

Date: Monday, March 22, 2004

Nearly 150 people attended the first National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine Strategic Planning Stakeholder Forum on March 22, 2004 in Bethesda, Maryland. The agenda was packed, with more than 40 people providing testimony.

National Advisory Council for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NACCAM)—Sixteenth Meeting

Date: Friday, January 30, 2004

NCCAM's Advisory Council had its first meeting of 2004.

Assessing and Improving Measures of Hot Flashes—Meeting Summary

Date: Tuesday, January 20, 2004

On January 20, 2004, NCCAM convened a trans-NIH workshop on assessing measurements of hot flashes with a group of scientists, broadly ranging in disciplines. The objectives of this workshop were to assess:

  • our understanding of the physiological and endocrine parameters associated with hot flashes
  • the self-reported experience of hot flashes
  • the quality of existing subjective and objective measures of hot flashes
  • and the barriers and opportunities to improve these measures.

Meeting Summary

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The topics covered in the meeting include:

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Conference Report

View or print the Conference Report (5 pages, PDF format).

This conference report was published in the June 2004 issue of Mayo Clinic Proceedings.

Miller HG, Li RM. Measuring hot flashes: Summary of a National Institutes of Health Workshop. Mayo Clinic Proceedings. 2004;79:668-670.

Assessing and Improving Measures of Hot Flashes

Date: Tuesday, January 20, 2004

Bethesda Maryland

On January 20, 2004, NCCAM convened a trans-NIH workshop on assessing measurements of hot flashes with a group of scientists, broadly ranging in disciplines. The objectives of this workshop were to assess:

  • our understanding of the physiological and endocrine parameters associated with hot flashes
  • the self-reported experience of hot flashes
  • the quality of existing subjective and objective measures of hot flashes
  • and the barriers and opportunities to improve these measures.

Meeting Summary

View or print the Meeting Summary (54 pages, PDF format).

The topics covered in the meeting include:

Top

Conference Report

View or print the Conference Report (5 pages, PDF format).

This conference report was published in the June 2004 issue of Mayo Clinic Proceedings.

Miller HG, Li RM. Measuring hot flashes: Summary of a National Institutes of Health Workshop. Mayo Clinic Proceedings. 2004;79:668–670.