National Town Hall Meeting on Complementary and Alternative Medicine to be Held in Portland

02/12/02    Portland, Ore.

WHAT:  

The public is invited to take part in a town meeting on complementary and alternative medicine research sponsored by the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM), a component of the National Institutes of Health. The meeting will be hosted by the Oregon Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine in Craniofacial Disorders at Kaiser Permanente's Center for Health Research and the Oregon Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine in Neurological Disorders at Oregon Health & Science University. The event will be moderated by Margie Boule, columnist for The Oregonian.

WHEN:  

2 - 5 p.m., Tuesday, March 19, 2002

WHERE:  

Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, S.W. Broadway and Main, Portland

DETAILS:  

Alternative medicine researchers from across the country will converge in Portland on March 19 to discuss research on acupuncture, chiropractic practice, herbs and dietary supplements. This free, three-hour event will give people from the Northwest an opportunity to hear about the latest research into alternative treatments. Speakers will include NCCAM director Stephen E. Straus, M.D., and the two directors of Oregon's complementary and alternative medicine research centers, OHSU's Barry Oken, M.D., and Kaiser's B. Alexander White, D.D.S. Attendees are urged to take part during two Q & A opportunities throughout the program. This is the third town hall meeting sponsored by the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine. For reserved seating call toll-free 866 843-8577. Written questions to be asked during the town hall meeting can be faxed to 866 843-8576.

The Oregon Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine studies promising complementary and alternative medicine practices using rigorous scientific methods to prove effectiveness. OHSU, Linus Pauling Institute at Oregon State University, National College of Naturopathic Medicine, Oregon College of Oriental Medicine, Portland Veterans Affairs Medical Center and Western States Chiropractic College have joined forces to research such neurological disorders as Alzheimer's disease and multiple sclerosis.

The Oregon Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine in Craniofacial Disorders, based at Kaiser Permanente's Center for Health Research (CHR), is a collaboration among scientists and practitioners at CHR, Kaiser Permanente's TMD Clinic, National College of Naturopathic Medicine, OHSU's School of Dentistry, Oregon College of Oriental Medicine, Oregon School of Massage, and Western States Chiropractic College to study complementary and alternative treatments for craniofacial disorders, such as temporomandibular joint disease (TMD) and periodontal disease.
NCCAM is one of 27 institutes and centers comprising the National Institutes of Health (NIH), a federal government agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. NCCAM's mission is to explore complementary and alternative medicine in the context of rigorous science, training researchers, and disseminating authoritative information. For more information, please visit NCCAM's Web site at www.nccam.nih.gov.

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