The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) is a Center of the National Institutes of Health
NCCAM sponsors research and training in complementary and integrative therapies. Their website also provides much useful information for consumers and health care providers.
Cochrane CAM Field
To address the need to reproducibly and consistently classify Cochrane reviews as CAM/not CAM, and thereby reliably track the number of CAM-related Cochrane reviews in each issue of the Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, the Cochrane CAM Field has developed a detailed, explicit, and reproducible operational definition of what is CAM; applied the operational definition to identify relevant Cochrane reviews; developed the structured list of CAM therapy-specific topic categories; and determined where the Cochrane reviews should be placed in the topics list categories. To maintain the CAM Field topics list, the Cochrane CAM Field downloads new protocols and reviews from each issue of The Cochrane Library, screens the abstracts of reviews and protocols for CAM-related content, and then links the new CAM-related reviews to the appropriate category on the topics list.
By preparing and keeping current the topics list database, the Cochrane CAM Field is able to quickly respond to requests from journal editors, government organizations, physician groups, and researchers, for lists of all CAM-related Cochrane reviews or lists of reviews of specific CAM topics (e.g. acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine).
The Bravewell Collaborative
The Bravewell Collaborative consists of a group of philanthropists from around the United States which is committed to advancing public awareness about the benefits of integrative health care and promoting education and clinical services in integrative medicine. Their 2006 PBS special The New Medicine describes how these approaches can transform healthcare. The generosity of The Bravewell Collaborative has supported the development and infrastructure of the Consortium as well as educational initiatives.
Educational Development for Complementary & Alternative Medicine Project (EDCAM)
Administered by the American Medical Student Association (AMSA), EDCAM is a five-year, $1.2 million R25 education grant from the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM), a division of the NIH. The 3 components of the project include: 1) the piloting of a CAM curricula at 6 pilot schools, 2) an annual CAM Leadership Training Program for twenty allopathic and osteopathic medical students, and 3) the expansion of AMSA's online CAM resources, such as a national directory of student opportunities in CAM. The site offers a multitude of resources for students, residents & health professionals interested in CAM Education.
The Office of Cancer Complementary and Alternative Medicine (OCCAM) is a section of the National Cancer Institute
As with NCCAM, OCCAM supports research in the area of complementary approaches for Cancer.