Alternative medicine practitioners and mainstream
researchers will meet next week to exchange ideas, report on
current research, and discuss ways to foster collaborative
research in cardiovascular, lung, and blood research.
The workshop, "Complementary and Alternative Medicine in
Cardiovascular, Lung, and Blood Research," will be held June
12 - 13 in Lister Hill Auditorium (Building 38A) on the
National Institutes of Health (NIH) campus in Bethesda, MD.
The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) and
the National Center for Complementary and Alternative
Medicine (NCCAM) of the NIH are co-sponsoring the 1 1/2 day
event. The workshop will focus on five main areas of
research - herbal medicine, chelation therapy, mind/body
(biofeedback), acupuncture, and general complementary and
alternative medicine issues.
Sessions on these topics will be moderated by workshop co-
chairs M. Eric Gershwin, M.D., of the University of
California, Davis; John C. Longhurst, M.D., Ph.D.,
University of Calfornia, Irvine; and Kenneth Wu, M.D.,
Ph.D., University of Texas, Houston. NHLBI Director Claude
Lenfant, M.D. and NCCAM Director Stephen E. Straus, M.D. are
among the 20 speakers presenting. At the workshop's
conclusion, attendees will develop recommendations for
For more information, call the NHLBI Communications Office
at 301-496-4236 or the NCCAM at 301-496-1712. The workshop
agenda can be found online at: nccam.nih.gov.