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October 03, 2012

Introduction to the Principles and Practice of Clinical Research (IPPCR) is a free course offered by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Clinical Center in Bethesda, Maryland.   

NCCAM statistician Laura Lee Johnson, Ph.D., is one of the co-directors for the course along with Frederick Ognibene, M.D., and John Gallin, M.D..

The NIH Clinical Center organizes this course each year to train researchers about how to effectively conduct clinical trials.  The course topics will include:

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September 25, 2012
Laura Lee Johnson, Ph.D.
Laura Lee Johnson, Ph.D.

In the 1990s my grandmother was trying to make a number of decisions including where to live and what trips to take following her diagnosis with a chronic disease. At one point she was frustrated that her doctors could not tell her what chance she had of being able to attend my cousin’s wedding. While doctors spoke about her chances of dying, she was focused on how to live. She wanted to know about her physical, mental, and social health and what to expect so she could plan to attend the wedding. She wanted me to find research and use the findings to help her make decisions.

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September 10, 2012
John Killen, Jr., M.D.
John (Jack) Killen, Jr., M.D.

Scientific plausibility permeates discussions and debates about research on complementary, alternative, or integrative health approaches. This is no surprise; many interventions that fall under this rubric are ensconced in belief systems about illness and health—some ancient and some modern—that lack foundations in modern science. In addition, those who support research on these approaches often fail to articulate a scientifically grounded rationale or approach to research.

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September 07, 2012
Josephine P. Briggs, M.D.
Dr. Briggs

NCCAM, like all NIH Institutes and Centers, receives investigator-initiated applications for research funding that are based on ideas formulated by the applicant. As you might imagine, the research grant applications for complementary approaches cover quite a diverse and broad field.

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August 07, 2012
Josephine P. Briggs, M.D.
Dr. Briggs

The July 16 issue of the Medical Journal of Australia (MJA) published an editorial addressing the debate as to whether complementary medicine courses should be taught in Australian universities. In many ways, the debate in Australia parallels debates here in the United States, and indeed debates on this blog. 

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