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NCCAM's Research Centers Program

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NCCAM supports research centers to conduct multidisciplinary research not readily supported through other funding mechanisms.

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Program Descriptions

Centers of Excellence for Research on CAM

These Centers support three or four major, synergistic research projects each, and are focused on elucidating mechanisms of action of CAM. (P01 mechanism; R01-level projects)

For more information, contact Partap Khalsa, D.C., Ph.D.

Centers for Dietary Supplements Research: Botanicals

These interdisciplinary and collaborative dietary supplement centers will advance understanding of how botanicals affect human health. Studies of the safety, effectiveness, and biological action of botanical products are major focuses for the five research centers.

Note: These Centers constitute the NIH Botanical Research Center Program.

For more information, contact Craig Hopp, Ph.D.

Developmental Centers for Research on CAM
Partnerships for CAM Clinical Translational Research

These Centers support developmental research on CAM through collaborations between CAM schools and conventional biomedical research institutions. (U19 mechanism; small- and moderately sized research projects).

For more information, contact Partap Khalsa, D.C., Ph.D.

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Funded Research Centers

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Wisconsin Center for the Neuroscience and Psychophysiology of Meditation Meditation, Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Centers of Excellence for Research on CAM Madison, WI
Bastyr/UW Oncomycology Translational Research Center Fungi Partnerships for CAM Clinical Translational Research Kenmore, WA
Center for CAM Research on Autoimmune and Inflammatory Diseases Herbs (Botanicals) Centers of Excellence for Research on CAM Columbia, SC
Center of Excellence for Research on CAM Antioxidant Therapies Dietary Supplements, Antioxidants, Alpha Lipoic Acid Centers of Excellence for Research on CAM Corvallis, OR
Protective Roles of Grape-Derived Polyphenols in Alzheimer's Disease Herbs (Botanicals), Polyphenols Centers of Excellence for Research on CAM New York, NY
The Wake Forest Center for Botanical Lipids and Inflammatory Disease Prevention Herbs (Botanicals), Dietary Supplements Centers for Dietary Supplements Research: Botanicals Winston-Salem, NC
CAM as Countermeasures Against Infectious and Inflammatory Disease Herbs (Botanicals) Centers of Excellence for Research on CAM Bozeman, MT
Center for Botanical Interaction Studies Dietary Supplements, Herbs (Botanicals), Antioxidants Centers for Dietary Supplements Research: Botanicals Columbia, MO
Systems Science Center for Musculoskeletal CAM Therapies Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment, Spinal Manipulation East Lansing, MI
Neuroimaging Acupuncture Effects on Brain Activity Acupuncture Centers of Excellence for Research on CAM Charlestown, MA
Botanicals and Metabolic Syndrome Herbs (Botanicals), Dietary Supplements Centers for Dietary Supplements Research: Botanicals Baton Rouge, LA
Center for Herbal Research on Colorectal Cancer Herbs (Botanicals) Centers of Excellence for Research on CAM Chicago, IL
Botanical Estrogens: Mechanisms, Dose and Target Tissues Dietary Supplements, Herbs (Botanicals), Phytoestrogens or Plant Estrogens Centers for Dietary Supplements Research: Botanicals Champaign, IL
Botanical Dietary Supplements for Women's Health Dietary Supplements, Herbs (Botanicals) Centers for Dietary Supplements Research: Botanicals Chicago, IL
Developmental Center for Clinical and Translational Science Chiropractic Developmental Centers for Research on CAM Davenport, IA
UCLA Center for Excellence in Pancreatic Diseases Herbs (Botanicals), Chinese Herbal Medicine, Antioxidants, Dietary Supplements Centers of Excellence for Research on CAM Los Angeles, CA
Metabolic and Immunologic Effects of Meditation Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), Diet Modifications, Mind and Body Interventions Centers of Excellence for Research on CAM San Francisco, CA