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Blackman Is First NCCAM Clinical Director

Dr. Marc R. Blackman has been appointed the first clinical director of the new Division of Intramural Research within the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine.

Establishment of the new division allows NCCAM to develop a research program within the Clinical Center. As clinical director, Blackman will oversee the activities of clinical scientists he will recruit to conduct studies of the safety and efficacy of widely used complementary and alternative medical practices, as well as studies of their underlying mechanisms of action.

A native of Boston, Blackman received his undergraduate degree summa cum laude in 1968 from Northeastern University. He received his medical degree in 1972 from New York University School of Medicine, where he was inducted into the Alpha Omega Alpha medical honor society. He trained in internal medicine at Bronx Municipal Hospital Center of Albert Einstein College of Medicine, and then undertook clinical and research fellowship training in endocrinology and metabolism at the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases.

Dr. Marc R. Blackman

Board certified in internal medicine, endocrinology and metabolism, he served as chief of the division of endocrinology and metabolism and program director of the NIH-funded General Clinical Research Center at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center, and remains a professor of medicine at Hopkins School of Medicine.

Blackman is an authority on and the recipient of numerous research grants to investigate age-related alterations in various neuroendocrine and other hormonal systems, both in health and disease. The recipient of many academic honors, including several for outstanding teaching, Blackman is widely sought as a lecturer and participant in research conferences. He has published more than 250 original articles, book chapters and abstracts.

"Given the prominent roles assigned to various CAM approaches in sustaining health and treating age-related degenerative illnesses, Dr. Blackman brings vital insights to the design and implementation of NCCAM's new clinical research enterprise, as well as a rigorous scientific background, and an exceptional track record in the design and conduct of clinical research programs," said Dr. Stephen E. Straus, NCCAM director. "He also has the proven ability to lead and inspire young scientists."

During the next several months, Blackman intends to establish the administrative, scientific, clinical and training priorities and infrastructure for the new division, and to build a web of intramural and extramural collaborative relationships.

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