The vision of this translational group is to associate CAM practitioners with basic scientists to form an integrated research group at UC called CAMPUS: “Complementary and Alternative Medicine – Practitioners United with Scientists.” It is our hope to develop a research group that spans all the CU campuses, UC schools (Nursing, Medicine, Dentistry, Pharmacy), and departments within those groups and consisting of new and established investigators who share a common interest in using complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) (e.g., nontraditional interventions such as massage, acupuncture, nutritional supplements, yoga, biofeedback, etc. ) for symptom management.
We will begin in October with monthly research meetings on the first Tuesday (6 -7:30 p.m., tentatively) of each month where investigators will represent their ideas in an open, interactive forum. At present the leadership of this program is represented by Drs. Lisa Corbin (Medical Director of the Center for Integrative Medicine), Mark Laudenslager (Director of the Behavioral Immunology and Endocrinology Laboratory), and Marianne Wamboldt (Head of Child Psychiatry, The Children’s’ Hospital and Department of Psychiatry, UC). If you would like to assist in the operation of this group please contact us.
Thus, CAMPUS has the following immediate goals:
- Bring together researchers with common interests via monthly research seminars as a campus wide function (hence the acronym CAMPUS)
- Apply for assistance from the Academic Enrichment Fund (AEF) to provide matching fund seed research grants for new investigators that will include high intensity mentoring by senior faculty during the application process and research project.
- Create an advisory board for CAMPUS which represents established clinical and basic researchers for mentoring new investigators in CAM
- Create an administrative structure that will assist with subject recruitment and administration of CAMPUS
Long term goals include:
- Expansion of student and postgraduate education in the conceptual underpinnings, clinical use and evidence base for CAM
- Development of a nationally recognized research and training program in CAM