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Integrative Medicine

Over the past decade, there has been an increase in the use of integrative modalities for improving health and disease outcome. It is estimated that more than 40% of cancer patients use some form of complementary and alternative medicine, and/or integrative modalities for management of cancer-related symptoms and improvement of quality of life, and perhaps a perceived improved the outcome of standard treatment.  Improvement in sleep, reduction of fatigue, relief of pain, and a sense of well-being are among the most common cancer-related health needs that result in consultation from integrative services. The most common integrative modalities discussed are lifestyle interventions (such as diet, meditation and exercise) and natural products. Additional evidenced-based knowledge could broaden the scope of the discussion, paralleling the concerns of the patient.

As such, there is a need for continued objective and rigorous research into the elucidation of biological action, assessment of safety and effectiveness of various interventions or modalities, and provision of evidence-based information with solid scientific background for patients and practitioners of integrative oncology and general medicine.

This course is designed to provide an introduction and overview of the:

  1. Concept
  2. Evidence-based practice or usage, and
  3. Current state of research in integrative modalities or strategies.

This course is designed for NIH fellows who want to enhance their knowledge of complementary and integrative medicine research.

There is no registration fee for this course. 

Location and Time

The Integrative Medicine course lectures will usually occur twice a month on Thursday afternoons from 3:00-5:00 p.m.  The lectures will be simultaneously Webcast live. Speakers will represent experts in the field from government, academia, and the community.

Individuals with disabilities who need Sign Language Interpreters and/or reasonable accommodation to participate in this event should contact Dr. Terry Moody, 9609 Medical Center Drive, Room 2W340,, 240-276-7785, or Dr. Dan Xi, 9609 Medical Center Drive, Room 5W612,, 240-276-6143, and/or the Federal Relay (1-800-877-8339).

Integrative Medicine Course Schedule - Fall 2020
Date Lecture Faculty
September 17        

Course Introduction

Protein Chaperones in Health and Disease

IM training committee

Arthur Horwich 

October 1 Nutrition, Physical Activity and Cancer Toward Precision Integrative Oncology Research 

Donald Abrams, Dan Xi    

October 15

Tai Chi


Peter Wayne

Weidong Lu

November 5

Music Therapy

Mitochondria and Neurodegenerative Diseases

Alex Pantelyat

Richard Youle

November 19

Sleep Research 

Circadian clock and Cancer

Samer Hattar

Brian Altman

December 3

NIH ICU and COVID 19 Research

Mindfulness and COVID 19

Jefferey Strich

Rezvan Ameli

December 10

FIC/NIH Natural Product International Projects

Adrenergic signaling and cancer therapeutics

Flora Katz

Xuefan Cao

Additional Information

Contact Dr. Terry Moody at and Dr. Dan Xi at

Faculty Coordinators

  • Ann Berger, M.D.
  • Terry Moody, Ph.D.
  • David Shurtleff, Ph.D.
  • Dan Xi, Ph.D.
  • Farah Zia, M.D.


  • Ann Berger, M.D.
  • Ashura Buckley, M.D.
  • Helene Langevin, M.D.
  • Terry Moody, Ph.D.
  • Satchidananda Panda, Ph.D.
  • David Shurtleff, Ph.D.
  • Barbara Sorkin, Ph.D.
  • Dan Xi, Ph.D.
  • Farah Zia, M.D.

Related Training Opportunities

This course is part of an ongoing training curriculum for NCI clinical and postdoctoral fellows. Each fall CCT offers the Translational Research in Clinical Oncology (TRACO) course, hosted by Dr. Terry Moody.

Another course, Demystifying Medicine, is held each spring. This course provides 2 hours of lecture each week (January – May) and is hosted by Dr. Irvin M. Arias.

NIH offers additional training opportunities.

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