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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 live lectures will occur from November 16, 2023, to March 14, 2024. Each class will be two hours, with two 45 minute lectures. The classes will typically be held on Thursdays, from 3-5 p.m., EST.

The Fall/Winter 2023-2024 course will be in a hybrid format of live and pre-recorded, self-study lectures. A new, ”Massage and Health Research Speaker Series,” will be interspersed among the course syllabus, which will comprehensively assess the current state of massage health research and future research needs. The course will be virtual and there is no registration fee for this course.

Pre-registration is required

Integrative Medicine Course Schedule (Live Lectures) - Fall/Winter 2023-2024
Date Lecture Speaker
November 16, 2023


Natural Product Clinical Research

Physical Activity (NIH Common Fund)

D. Xi

S. Chen

C. Nierras

December 7

Traditional Chinese Medicine Cancer Clinical Trial

Massage and Health Research Speaker Series

W. Lu

S. Komagata

January 11, 2024

Massage and Health Research Speaker Series

H. Groninger

S. Rodgers-Melnick

January 25

Exercise and Cancer 

Cannabis and Cancer

K. Schmitz

D. Abram

February 1

Nutrition and Oncology

Integrative Oncology Education

D. Abram

S. Zick

February 22

Ayurveda Research 

Dietary Supplement and NIH ODS

J. Arnold

B. Sorkin

March 7

Massage and Health Speaker Series

Cancer Integrative Medicine Portfolio & Funding 

Various Speakers

D. Xi

March 14 (2-5p.m.)

Massage and Health Speaker Series

Acupuncture & Yoga Cancer Clinical Trial 

Acupoints in Acupuncture Research

Various Speakers

T. Bao

H. Langevin




Pre-recording Lecture Links


Various Speakers


E. Tonorezos


Additional Information

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

Course Organizing Committee

  • Dan Xi, PhD., NCI, NIH, (IM Course Director)
  • Terry Moody, Ph.D., NCI, NIH
  • David Shurtleff, Ph.D., NCCIH, 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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