NCCAM Announces New Research Fellowship Program

BETHESDA, MARYLAND — The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM), a component of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), announces the creation of a new NCCAM Director’s Fellowship in Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) Research.

The new fellowship program will add measurably to NCCAM’s
ongoing training activities by sponsoring outstanding
research fellows to work in its Division of Intramural
Research (DIR), based at the NIH in Bethesda, MD. A
selection committee comprising leaders from the CAM and
scientific communities will choose the recipient of the
fellowship from a highly competitive international pool of
applicants. Applicants must possess an M.D., D.O., Ph.D.,
D.C., D.M.D., N.D., D.V.M., or other equivalent degree, and
have a record of excellence and promise in clinical and/or
laboratory-based research — preferably related to CAM.

“This prestigious new fellowship is made possible by a
generous donation from the Prince of Wales Foundation to
which we are grateful for its vision and support,” said
Stephen E. Straus, M.D., NCCAM Director. “The fellowship
constitutes an important new mechanism by which NCCAM can
recruit and train the next generation of leaders in CAM
research,” said Straus.

“Although this new fellowship presents us with an
outstanding opportunity, NCCAM continues to recruit and
support research fellows to the DIR through traditional NIH
and non-NIH funding mechanisms,” said Marc R. Blackman,
M.D., Scientific Director of the DIR at NCCAM.

The primary goal of the training program is to prepare the
fellow for a career as an independent CAM investigator. The
fellowship includes full salary, benefits, professional
travel, and research support for 2 to 3 years. The fellow
will undertake clinical, translational, and/or laboratory
research in NCCAM’s DIR. The DIR provides state-of-the-art
research facilities as well as access to the extensive
clinical research infrastructure of the NIH Clinical
Center.

The Prince of Wales Foundation opened its Washington, DC,
offices in 1997. It distributes funding each year to
benefit a wide range of causes throughout the world,
including supporting research in CAM and integrative health
care.

For more information about the fellowship, applicants
should contact:

Christopher Baron
Human Resources Specialist
Office of Human Resources, NIH
31 Center Drive, Room 2C12
Bethesda, MD 20892
Email: Baronch@mail.nih.gov

The deadline for receipt of applications is November 24,
2003.

The National Center for Complementary and Alternative
Medicine (NCCAM) is dedicated to exploring complementary
and alternative healing practices in the context of
rigorous science, training CAM researchers, and
disseminating authoritative information to the public and
professionals. For additional information, call NCCAM’s
Clearinghouse toll free at 1-888-644-6226 or visit the
NCCAM Web site at www.nccam.nih.gov.

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