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National Institutes of Health's Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine Appoints Director

Josephine Briggs, MD Paul Fetters and courtesy of HHM

Josephine Briggs, MD, has been named as the Director of the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM), a part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). NCCAM focuses on the scientific exploration of complementary and alternative medical practices. The center trains CAM researchers and reports authoritative information to professionals as well as the public. The NCCAM annual budget of $121 million supports CAM research at over 260 institutions nationwide. Dr. Briggs comes to the center after serving for the last year and a half as senior scientific officer at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. Her areas of research include the rennin-angiotensin system, diabetic nephropathy and the effect of antioxidants in kidney disease.

Dr. Briggs received her AB cum laude in biology from Harvard-Radcliffe College. After earning her MD at Harvard Medical School, she completed residency training in Internal Medicine and Nephrology at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine and, subsequently, a research fellowship in Physiology at Yale School of Medicine. From 1993 to 1997, Dr. Briggs served as Professor of Internal Medicine and Physiology at the University of Michigan. From 1997 to 2006, she served as Director of the Division of Kidney, Urologic, and Hematologic Diseases in the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases. Dr. Briggs is an accomplished researcher and physician and is an elected member of the American Association of Physicians and a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, as well as a recipient of the Volhard Prize of the German Nephrological Society. She has published over 125 research articles and served on the editorial boards of …

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