NCCIH Marks 20th Anniversary with Scientific Symposium, Sept. 23
In 1998, Congress established the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine—renamed the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health in 2015—at NIH by amending Title IV of the Public Health Service Act.
This year, NCCIH will celebrate its 20th anniversary with a 1-day scientific symposium. “NCCIH at 20: A Catalyst for Integrative Health” will take place on Monday, Sept. 23 from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in Lipsett Amphitheater, Bldg. 10. The event will highlight progress in complementary and integrative health research and look to the future of the field.
Dr. Francis Collins, NIH director, will give opening remarks and NCCIH director Dr. Helene Langevin will introduce keynote speaker Dr. Lorimer Moseley, whose topic is “Why We Need a Pain Revolution: From Science to Practice.” The talk is also the annual Stephen E. Straus Distinguished Lecture in the Science of Complementary Therapies, honoring NCCIH’s founding director.
Additional sessions include lightning round presentations by early-stage investigators; panels on pain research in military and veteran populations and on developments in natural products research; and a talk by Langevin, with deputy director Dr. David Shurtleff, on future directions in the field.
The keynote speaker is professor of clinical neurosciences and chair in physiotherapy in the School of Health Sciences at the University of South Australia. Internationally renowned for his innovative and rigorous research and his work in science communication and patient advocacy, Moseley has a longstanding interest in understanding, preventing and treating persistent pain. He holds a doctorate in medicine from the University of Sydney and an Sc.D. from the University of South Australia. Following postdoctoral work at the University of Queensland, he was the first physical therapist to win the Nuffield Medical Research Fellowship in the department of physiology at Oxford University, U.K., where he investigated the role of the brain and mind in chronic pain disorders.
Moseley is founder and director of Pain Revolution, a University of South Australia initiative; is senior principal research fellow at Neuroscience Research Australia; and chairs the PainAdelaide Stakeholders’ Consortium. His five books include a worldwide bestseller, Explain Pain.
Registration is requested to attend NCCIH’s symposium, either in person or by videocast, at https://nccih.nih.gov/news/events/NCCIH-20.