Exciting News! Pacific College of Oriental Medicine Obtains Grant Funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH)

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Pacific College is proud to announce another step in furthering Chinese medicine research and accessibility! The National Institutes of Health (NIH), National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) granted the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine (PCOM) New York campus $670,000 dollars for the project entitled, Evidence Informed Practice: Faculty and Curriculum Development last fall. The grant focuses on training acupuncture faculty and students to utilize research so that clinical acupuncture practice can be informed by evidence–optimizing the quality of patient care. We are proud to join a small and elite group of Oriental medicine colleges that have been successful in receiving NIH funding.

OVERVIEW OF THE NIH GRANT AND ITS IMPACT ON ORIENTAL MEDICINE

The grant went into effect on September, 2013 and will span five years. This project is a collaboration with Northwestern Health Sciences University (NWHSU), as well as the Albert Einstein College of Medicine (Yeshiva University), where principal investigator Dr. Belinda Anderson is an Assistant Clinical Professor. PCOM-NY and Albert Einstein College of Medicine (Einstein) have collaborated before and are currently in their 6th year of an inter-professional student education exchange program.

The grant’s principal investigator, our very own Dr. Belinda Anderson, is Academic Dean and Research Director at PCOM’s New York campus. Dr. Anderson has a rich history as a researcher. With a PhD from the University of Sydney (Australia) her earlier work in the field of molecular biology resulted in the first genetically engineered veterinary vaccine. Dr. Anderson holds a Masters degree in acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine and specializes in fertility and women’s health. Dr. Roni Evans (Dean of Research) at NWHSU, an internationally recognized expert in Evidence Informed Practice, and Dr. Paul Marantz (Associate Dean for Research Clinical Education) at Einstein will assist Dr. Anderson with undertaking the grant.

We could not be more excited about this grant and the opportunity it offers us to participate in the progress of Chinese medicine research and efficacy!

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