NCCAM Adds Three CAM Research Centers

November 19, 2007

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NCCAM Adds Three CAM Research Centers

BETHESDA, Md.The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) added three new Centers of Excellence for Research on Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM). The addition of these centers increases the robustness of our Centers of Excellence research program and confirms our continuing commitment to rigorous CAM research, said Ruth L. Kirschstein, M.D., acting director, NCCAM (www.NCCAM.NIH.gov). These multidisciplinary research teams will work to uncover new insights or novel treatments for health conditions that affect many people. The science conducted will be key to understanding what CAM approaches may or may not work and informing the integration of effective CAM practices into the health care delivery system. The centers, each of which is endowed with a five-year grant, include:

  • The University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) Center of Excellence in Pancreatic Diseases will study plant-derived compounds including curcumin, lycopene, green tea and Scutellaria baicalensis to assess their mechanisms and effects on the prevention and/or treatment of pancreatic cancer and pancreatitis.

  • The University of South Carolina Research Foundation, Columbia, Center for CAM Research on Autoimmune and Inflammatory Diseases will investigate the mechanisms by which resveratrol, a compound found in the skin of red grapes, might aid in the treatment of multiple sclerosis; anti-inflammatory mechanisms of American ginseng in colitis; and the actions of a compound from hemp in treating autoimmune hepatitis.

  • At the Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York, center researchers will conduct preclinical studies to identify grape-derived polyphenols that might have a protective role against Alzheimers disease and associated with cognitive decline.

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