National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health at 20

What: The “NCCIH at 20” symposium will examine accomplishments and progress in complementary and integrative health research – past, present, and future. Twenty years have passed since the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH) was established and became one of the 27 Institutes and Centers at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). 

The symposium will examine NCCIH milestones related to the development of research methods and how this work continues to address evolving public health concerns, including chronic pain, military and veteran health, depression, and anxiety. The symposium will also explore priority areas for scientific discovery, including the human microbiome, the neuroscience of pain, and whole health systems. 

When: Monday, September 23, 2019; 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. ET

Where: NIH; Lipsett Amphitheater (Building 10), 9000 Rockville Pike, Bethesda, MD 20892. This symposium can be viewed via livestream on NIH Videocast ( Please register, whether you plan to attend in person or via videocast, by emailing sends e-mail)


  • Francis Collins, M.D., Ph.D., Director, NIH, Opening Remarks
  • Helene Langevin, M.D., Director, NCCIH, and David Shurtleff, Ph.D., Deputy Director, NCCIH, “Envisioning the Future of Integrative Health Research”
  • Lorimer Moseley, Ph.D., University of South Australia, “Why We Need a Pain Revolution: From Science to Practice” 
  • 11 early-stage investigators delivering lightning round presentations on their research
  • Expert panelists to discuss
    • Pain Management in Military and Veteran Populations
    • Natural Products Research: Growing the Field

Note: The full agenda along with speaker bios –

This symposium is hosted by NCCIH at the NIH campus and is partially supported by the Foundation for the National Institutes of Health(link is external) with a generous gift from Bernard and Barbro Osher.