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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. Registration is now closed.

Location and Time

The Integrative Medicine course lectures will usually occur twice a month on Monday or Thursday afternoons from 3:00-5:00 p.m. at the NIH Bethesda campus Bldg. 50 (Rooms 1328 or 1227), or Online, from February 27-May 18, 2020.  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 (2) Schedule - Spring 2020
Date Lecture Faculty
February 27         Pain and Opioid Walter Koroshetz
March 12 Cannabis (1): Cannabis and Cancer

Donald Abrams, Manuel Guzman, Sean McAllister, Dan Xi    

March 16 

Physical Activity (NIH Commond Fund)  

Tai Chi

Concepcion Nierras

Peter Wayne

April 2

Cannabis (2): NIH Research Overview 

Cannabis and Pain

Practitioner Experience

Susan Weiss

David Shurtleff

Jeffrey Hergenrather

Richard Chen

April 15

IM in an NCI-Designated Cancer Center: Obesity and Physical Activity 

Philosophy and Research in Traditional Chinese Medicine

Jennifer Ligibel

Weidong Lu

Ann Berger (Moderator)

May 7

Fecal Microbiota Transplant and Risk

FDA Policy

Elizabeth Hohmann

Paul Carlson

May 11

Integrative Medicine Research in Rare Diseases

Music Therapy

Dan Xi

Alex Pantelyat

May 18 Botanical Safety Cynthia Rider

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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