Initially created in 1999 through funding from the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, part of the National Institutes of Health, ORCCAMIND is a center without walls committed to complementary & alternative medicine (CAM) research in neurological disorders. Studies examine the breadth of CAM approaches, including dietary supplements, yoga, acupuncture, chiropractic manipulation, meditation and other mind/body medicine.

Who is involved

Collaboration between conventional and alternative medicine communities is a major goal of ORCCAMIND. Using OHSU's Neuroscience Research facilities as a locale, the center will combine the expertise of the following member institutions: Oregon Health & Science University in Portland, Linus Pauling Institute at Oregon State University in Corvallis, National College of Naturopathic Medicine in Portland, College of Oriental Medicine in Portland, Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Portland and Western States Chiropractic College in Portland

What is our mission

The Center's mission is to facilitate research and education on the effectiveness and mechanisms of action of complementary and alternative medicine therapies in the treatment of neurological disorders. Barry Oken, M.D., is director of ORCCAMIND. He has worked as a neurologist for OHSU for the past 25 years and is currently professor of Neurology and Behavioral Neuroscience. His professional focus is on cognitive function, especially cognitive changes related to aging and neurodegenerative disorders such as Alzheimer's disease.

Research Portfolio Case Statement

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