ter will study the mechanisms of antioxidants, such as alpha lipoic acid, and explore their potential roles and implications for the prevention and treatment of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, cardiovascular disease, and aging in general. The total award is $5.8 million.
"These awards will provide exciting new opportunities for experienced scientists to investigate fundamental questions related to CAM," said Margaret A. Chesney, Ph.D., NCCAM Deputy Director. "The Centers of Excellence will help us better understand the mechanisms of action of several CAM modalities, a step that is critical to further research and, ultimately, to integration into prevention and treatment."
The Centers of Excellence initiative is one of three new NCCAM research center programs. They were implemented following the review of the NCCAM centers program by an expert panel in 2002. The panel reviewed the original CAM centers that were established shortly after creation of NCCAM in 1999. Based on the lessons learned from these first centers, and in response to the evolving opportunities and challenges in CAM research, the expert panel recommended a more diverse platform of approaches to support research centers and a sharpened focus on their pursuit of original science. In response to these recommendations, NCCAM designed the following three new programs to build its next generation of research centers:
- Centers of Excellence for Research on CAM (CERC) for established research organizations;
- Developmental Centers for Research on CAM (DCRC) specifically for CAM institutions; and
- Planning Grants for International Centers for Research on CAM (PICRC) to stimulate U.S.-international research partnerships.
Announcements of awards for the latter two new programs will be made separately.
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. Chronic stress researcher to speak at NCCAMs Distinguished Lecture Series2
. NCCAM funds Developmental Centers for Research on Complementary and Alternative Medicine3
. NCCAM awards planning grants for International Centers for Research4
. NCCAM announces new research fellowship program5
. Electroacupuncture trial is NCCAMs first intramural study6
. Can you read my mind? W.M. Keck Foundation funds innovative brain research at Carnegie Mellon7
. Rices CNST awards Smalley/Curl funds for innovation8
. Entrepreneurism Center at UC San Diego funds commercialization of lung, shock, other devices9
. Federal funds given for regenerative medicine center10
. The NIH funds network to study drug-induced liver injury (DILIN)11
. NIH funds seven science education partnership awards