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Center for Integrative Medicine Director Brian Berman Receives National Appointment to NIH Advisory Council

 Dr. Brian Berman

Brian Berman, M.D., professor of family medicine at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, and founder and director of the University of Maryland Center for Integrative Medicine, has been appointed to the Advisory Council for the NIH National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM).  NCCAM’s Advisory Council provides recommendations on research of complementary and alternative therapies. Dr. Berman will serve a four-year term on the council.

Dr. Berman founded the Center for Integrative Medicine 20 years ago, and it was the first center in the country for research, education and clinical care in complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) based at a medical school. A family physician and pain management specialist, Dr. Berman significantly changed his own practice of medicine more than 20 years ago to a broader, integrative approach that includes complementary therapies and mind/body approaches, such as acupuncture and meditation. Dr. Berman also co-founded and coordinates the complementary medicine field within the Cochrane Collaboration, an international organization dedicated to evaluating all medical practices through systematic reviews of the research literature. He is a recipient of the Bravewell Leadership Award from the Bravewell Foundation. The award recognizes scientist and physicians who are transforming healthcare through integrative medicine.

Founded in 1991, the University of Maryland Center for Integrative Medicine was the first program within a U.S. academic medical center to investigate complementary and alternative medicine through research, patient care and education. It has been a National Institutes of Health Center of Excellence for Research of Complementary Medicine for the past 15 years.

The mission of the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) is to define, through rigorous scientific investigation, the usefulness and safety of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) interventions and their roles in improving health and health care. For additional information, call NCCAM's Clearinghouse toll free at 1-888-644-6226, or visit the NCCAM Web site at nccam.nih.gov.

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