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Integrative Medicine

The past decade has witnessed a substantial increase in the use of complementary and integrative modalities for the management of overall health and wellness. Integrative Medicine is grounded in the definition of health, and is an approach that strives to use the best evidence-based practices, rigorously developed and scientifically informed by medical research of safety and efficacy, to enhance optimal health outcome of conventional care. It puts the patient at the center and addresses the full range of physical, emotional, social, spiritual, and environmental influences that affect a person’s health and well-being (1). Integrative Medicine has gained recognition and establishment as a sub-specialty fellowship approved by the American Board of Integrative Medicine.  

The Integrative Medicine course is complementary to the on-going training curriculum offered by the NCI, including the flagship course, Translational Research in Clinical Oncology (TRACO).   Certain time-sensitive and cutting edge lectures may be opened to the NIH staff as well as the public, to include those from academia and the private sector,  creating a unique platform for scientific discourse.  Speakers will represent experts (domestic and international) in the field from government, academia, and the community.

This course is designed for NIH fellows who want to enhance and broaden their knowledge of evidence-based comprehensive integrative healthcare to improve the lives of patients, including those with cancer.  Topics will be presented with research evidence, followed by clinical scenarios.  Students will have opportunity to better understand the current state of the science of each subject, as well as be introduced to cutting-edge advances in medical research, including technological advances.

Location and Time

The Integrative Medicine course will occur  from September 15 to December 2, 2021. There will be two-hour sessions each class with two 45 min lectures. It will usually occur on Thursday, 3-5 p.m. EST (*except September 15, Wednesday at 10 a.m.-12 p.m).  The Fall 2021 course will be virtual and there is no registration fee for this course.  

Integrative Medicine Course Schedule - Fall 2021
Date Lecture Speaker
September 15 (10am - 12pm EST)    

Traditional Chinese Medicine: Philosophy & Research


 W. Lu

 H. Langevin

September 30

Nutrition, Physical Activity and Cancer

D.  Abrams     

October 14

Light Therapy and Circadian Clock

Circadian Clock and Cancer

U. Albrecht

B. Altman

October 28

Tai Chi and Qigong: Practice and Research

Physical Activity (NIH Common Fund)

Y. Yang

C. Nierras

November  4

Music Therapy

Natural Product and Cancer

A. Pantelyat

C. Paller

November 18

Exercise and Cancer

Mindfulness and COVID-19

L. Jones

R. Ameli

December 2

Cannabinoid and Immune System

Integrative Medicine Education in Acupuncture Training

A. Oláh

L. Lao

Additional Information

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

Faculty and Organizing Committee

  • Ann Berger, M.D., Clinical Center, NIH
  • Terry Moody, Ph.D., NCI, NIH
  • David Shurtleff, Ph.D., NCCIH, NIH
  • Dan Xi, Ph.D., NCI, NIH
  • Farah Zia, M.D., NCI, NIH


  1. Integrative Medicine and the Health of the Public: A Summary of the February 2009 Summit. Washington (DC): National Academies Press (US); 2009.
  2. Xi D, Bao T, Chen Q, et al. State of the Science: Cancer Complementary and Alternative Medicine Therapeutics Research-NCI Strategic Workshop Highlights of Discussion Report. J Natl Cancer Inst Monogr. 2017 Nov;2017(52):003. PMCID: PMC6061228

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.

NIH offers additional training opportunities.

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