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2009 Meetings and Workshops

NCCAM's 10th Anniversary Research Symposium: Exploring the Science of Complementary and Alternative Medicine

Date: Tuesday, December 8, 2009 - 9:00a.m. ET to 4:15p.m. ET

The symposium, the signature event celebrating NCCAMs 10th anniversary, highlighted exciting areas of science, framed within the key priority areas of natural products and mind-body medicine.

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Wellness Workshop

Date: Friday, September 25, 2009

This 1-day workshop reviewed several measures of wellness, identified their strengths and weaknesses, and made recommendations on how best to measure wellness. This information will help NCCAM guide development of questions for the 2012 National Health Interview Survey. View the webcast made of this event by accessing the Workshop on http://videocast.nih.gov/Summary.asp?File=15314.

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Soy Protein and Isoflavones Research: Challenges in Designing and Evaluating Intervention Studies

Date: Tuesday, July 28, 2009 to Wednesday, July 29, 2009

This workshop for researchers was intended to provide guidance for the next generation of research on these ingredients. It identified methodological issues relative to exposures and interventions that may confound study results and their interpretation. In addition, the workshop identified scientifically sound and useful options to deal with issues in the design, conduct, and reporting of studies on these soy components and interpretation of ongoing and future studies.

Soy Protein and Isoflavones Research: Challenges in Designing and Evaluating Intervention Studies

Date: Tuesday, July 28, 2009 to Wednesday, July 29, 2009

This workshop for researchers was intended to provide guidance for the next generation of research on these ingredients. It identified methodological issues relative to exposures and interventions that may confound study results and their interpretation. In addition, the workshop identified scientifically sound and useful options to deal with issues in the design, conduct, and reporting of studies on these soy components and interpretation of ongoing and future studies.

International Symposium on the Evaluation of Clinical Trials Methodologies with Applications, Design of Clinical Trials, and Frontiers of Data Analysis

Date: Thursday, June 25, 2009 to Sunday, June 28, 2009

The purpose of the symposium was to foster dialogue among clinical trials specialists from mainland China and abroad on study design, data analysis, and related topics, as well as to promote an interdisciplinary approach for future investigations. NCCAM provided partial support for the meeting.

NIH Workshop on Nonpharmacologic Management of Back Pain

Date: Wednesday, May 27, 2009

This 1-day workshop identified clinical research questions related to nonpharmacologic interventions to treat back pain. This information will help inform future research directions.

NIH Pain Consortium Symposium

Date: Tuesday, May 26, 2009

The Fourth Annual Symposium on Advances in Pain Research focuses on genetics and pain. The symposium was held in the Natcher Auditorium and Atrium from 8:30 a.m.—5 p.m. and features presentations by NIH-supported researchers and a poster session by new investigators.

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The Strain in Pain Lies Mainly in the Brain: What Have We Learned from the Neuroimaging of Pain?

Date: Thursday, May 21, 2009 - 2:00p.m. ET

Dr. Sean Mackey delivered a talk titled “The Strain in Pain Lies Mainly in the Brain: What Have We Learned from the Neuroimaging of Pain?” Dr. Mackey is an Associate Professor in the Departments of Anesthesia and Neurosciences at Stanford University School of Medicine. He is also a co-director of the Stanford Pain Research and Clinical Center, which brings together clinicians, researchers, engineers, and patients to work toward solving the problem of chronic pain.

The talk is part of the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research seminar series “From Basic Research to Therapy The Latest Frontier.” For more information, visit NIDCR’s 2009 Seminar Series page

North American Research Conference on Complementary & Integrative Medicine: Collaboration to Promote Scientific Discovery and Health

Date: Tuesday, May 12, 2009 to Saturday, May 16, 2009

This conference is sponsored by the Consortium of Academic Health Centers for Integrative Medicine (CAHCIM), which consists of 41 leading academic medical centers from across North America. The conference showcased original scientific complementary, alternative and integrative medical research through keynote and plenary presentations, oral and poster presentations, and innovative scientific sessions. This goal of the directors of this conference was to provide a single event that attracts a critical mass of cutting-edge, peer-reviewed science and discussion in the broad field of complementary and integrative medical research.

Summit on Integrative Medicine and the Health of the Public

Date: Wednesday, February 25, 2009 to Friday, February 27, 2009

This meeting will explore the science and practice of integrative medicine health care that addresses together the mental, emotional, and physical aspects of the healing process for improving the breadth and depth of patient-centered care and promoting the nation’s health. Sponsored by the Institute of Medicine and the Bravewell Collaborative.

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