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NCCAM Research Blog

NCCAM blogs about research developments related to complementary health practices. Check in regularly to keep up with the latest findings.

Alberto Rivera-Rentas, Ph.D.
October 15, 2014
Portrait of Alberto Rivera-Rentas

Recent studies have found that a substantial number of basic and preclinical published research results cannot be reproduced by other laboratories under the conditions described in the publications. This is not primarily attributed to intentional misrepresentation of data, but rather to inadequate awareness of or adherence to sufficiently high standards when designing, conducting, analyzing, and/or reporting studies. In addition, training in best practices in these areas has not always been adequate or consistent.

To address this national need, NCCAM, together with nine other NIH Institutes and Centers, has launched a funding opportunity announcement (FOA), Training Modules to Enhance Data Reproducibility (RFA-GM-15-006), led by the National Institute of General Medical Sciences.

The goal of this FOA is to help researchers generate reproducible, unbiased, and properly validated results by designing, developing, and implementing exportable training modules for graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and beginning investigators. NCCAM will consider applications that fit with the Center’s mission, research priorities, and strategic plan. A list of FAQs on this FOA is available. Letters of Intent are due October 20, 2014, and applications on November 20, 2014.

October 01, 2014
Dale Birkle Dreer, Ph.D.
Dale Birkle Dreer, Ph.D.

Are you applying for an NIH grant? Make sure you have read and followed all the instructions in the funding opportunity announcement (FOA). Some applicants haven’t been following instructions, and this has caused problems with their grant applications.

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September 25, 2014
Kristen Huntley, Ph.D.
Kristen Huntley, Ph.D.

In this blog post, Dr. Kristen Huntley describes a new research initiative on nondrug approaches to pain and related conditions in U.S. military personnel and veterans.

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September 12, 2014
Craig Hopp, Ph.D.
D. Craig Hopp, Ph.D.

In this blog post, NCCAM Program Director Dr. Craig Hopp announces an informational webinar for applicants for the Center of Excellence for Natural Product Drug Interaction Research.

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August 21, 2014
Josephine P. Briggs, M.D.
Josephine P. Briggs, M.D.

In this blog post, NCCAM Director Dr. Josephine Briggs discusses new research aimed at helping people who have multiple chronic health problems. The research is funded through the NIH Health Care Systems (HCS) Research Collaboratory.

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August 19, 2014
Alberto Rivera-Rentas, Ph.D.
Portrait of Alberto Rivera-Rentas

NCCAM Training Officer Dr. Alberto Rivera-Rentas discusses NCCAM-supported research training and career development opportunities in this blog post.

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