National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine Invites Comments on Proposed Name Change

The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) invites public comments on its proposed name change to the National Center for Research on Complementary and Integrative Health. Comments will be accepted through June 6, 2014.

NCCAM director Josephine Briggs, MD, states in a video message: "The goal of this change is to better align the Center's name with the evolution in health care and our research focus, and thus best address our Congressional mandate."

Established by Congress in 1998 as a center within the National Institutes of Health, NCCAM has funded more than 3,800 research projects in its mission to define, through rigorous scientific investigation, the usefulness and safety of complementary and alternative medicine interventions and their roles in improving health and health care.

As integrative health care continues to grow and expand throughout the U.S., NCCAM believes its current name no longer accurately reflects the Congressional mandate.

You can submit comments through NCCAM's website.

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