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Vol. LXII, No. 25
December 10, 2010

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Straus Distinguished Lecture Set, Dec. 15

On Wednesday, Dec. 15, the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine will hold the second annual Stephen E. Straus Distinguished Lecture in the Science of Complementary and Alternative Medicine. Dr. Vikas Sukhatme, the Victor J. Aresty professor of medicine, Harvard Medical School, chief academic officer and Harvard faculty dean for academic programs, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, will present “Promise for the Future in Yesterday’s Remedies: Traditional Therapies to Modern Medicine.” The talk is at 9 a.m. in Lipsett Amphitheater, Bldg. 10.

Sukhatme’s research has spanned numerous basic science and clinical arenas, including the discovery of a family of mammalian transcription factors induced by extracellular growth and differentiation cues and studies on the function of several genes important in kidney cancer and in polycystic kidney disease. His major current interest is in tumor metabolism and tumor immunology and on “outside-the-box” approaches to therapies for advanced cancer.

He will discuss scientifically promising, affordable and immediately available medical treatments. Traditional medicines have a long history of use and efficacy and offer viable options in addressing other conditions. Among these traditions is lifestyle manipulation, specifically dietary adjustments and stress reduction/control, both of which show promise in treating certain forms of cancer. Though more research is needed, Sukhatme will discuss the importance and benefits of studying existing therapies for application to other medical conditions.

The lecture series was established in honor of Dr. Stephen E. Straus, founding director of NCCAM and an internationally recognized clinician-scientist. All are invited to attend. It will also be videocast at For more information, visit NIHRecord Icon

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