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2010 Meetings and Workshops

Pain and Musculoskeletal Disorders: Translating Scientific Advances into Practice

Date: Tuesday, December 14, 2010 to Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Participants heard about the latest research in the pain field and have an opportunity to network with other pain researchers. CME was available. The meeting was partly funded by NCCAM.

Complementary and Alternative Health Care Conference

Date: Saturday, October 16, 2010 - 9:00a.m. ET to 4:00p.m. ET

Sponsored by Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders. Dr. Briggs’s keynote address was given at 1:15 p.m.

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Statisticians Working on Complementary and Alternative Medicine Studies

Date: Wednesday, August 4, 2010 - 11:00a.m. ET to 12:00p.m. ET

Statisticians Working on Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) Studies will take place during the 2010 Joint Statistical Meetings. For more information, e-mail Ned Culhane at culhanee@mail.nih.gov.

Gaps and Opportunities in Health Behavior Research

Date: Thursday, June 3, 2010

This meeting examined the potential role of CAM in health behavior research. Current strategies to promote healthy behaviors and behavior change are often inadequate. The literature indicates that CAM approaches are widely used as part of the public's search for health and wellness, yet little is understood about their efficacy and mechanism of action. The association between CAM use and healthy behavior, models and predictors of behavior change, neural mechanisms of behavior change, and behavior change research methodology will be discussed. The discussion at this meeting informed NCCAM as it considered a research agenda for behavior change and healthy behavior.

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Highlighting Massage Therapy in Complementary and Integrative Medicine

Date: Thursday, May 13, 2010 to Saturday, May 15, 2010

This three-day conference brought together massage and manual therapy practitioners, educators, complementary and integrative medicine researchers, allied health professionals, and others interested in massage research. Current massage and manual therapy-related research was presented, with a special focus on translational research and public health.

Workshop on Deconstructing Back Pain

Date: Monday, May 10, 2010 to Tuesday, May 11, 2010

This two-day workshop provided an opportunity for individuals from a wide range of specialties to come together and discuss various elements of back pain. NCCAM leadership drew on this discussion to formulate the 2010 Strategic Plan. Members of the public were welcome to attend and observe.

The Videocast for this workshop will be available to be viewed at videocast.nih.gov

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Preventing Alzheimer's Disease and Cognitive Decline

Date: Monday, April 26, 2010 to Wednesday, April 28, 2010

For many older adults, cognitive health and performance remain stable over the course of their lifetime, with only a gradual and slight decline in short-term memory and reaction times. But for others, this normal, age-related decline in cognitive function progresses into a more serious state of cognitive impairment or into various forms of dementia, including Alzheimer’s disease. Such loss of cognitive function—the ability to think, learn, remember, and reason—substantially interferes with everyday function. As researchers continue to explore changes in the brain that take place possibly decades before cognitive decline and dementia symptoms appear, they also hope to discover more about the relationship between normal age-related cognitive decline and the development of cognitive impairment or Alzheimer’s disease.

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Workshop on Control/Comparison Groups for Trials of Non-Pharmacologic Interventions

Date: Monday, April 26, 2010 to Tuesday, April 27, 2010

The focus of this two-day meeting was to review the strengths and weaknesses of the various control/comparison groups used for non-pharmacologic interventions depending on the research question addressed by the particular trial. Members of the public were welcome to attend and observe.

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Think Tank on Natural Products

Date: Friday, March 26, 2010

This one-day meeting brought together experts in the field of natural products, to discuss the direction of NCCAM research in the areas of discovery and development. Input from this meeting will be used to inform NCCAM’s 2010 Strategic Plan.