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Plenary II

“Integrative Medicine and Progress in Rehabilitation: People Really Matter”

THUR 26 OCT // 8:15 AM – 9:30 AM



Josephine P. Briggs, MD
Director, National Institutes of Health


Focus Area: Cross-Cutting

It is widely recognized that our health care system does too much of some things, and too little of others. Learning what works and for whom – finding the true balance between benefit and harm – is the charge to the biomedical research enterprise. Negative findings are as important a product of evidence-based medicine as the positives. Two examples will be explored: Care of the elderly and back pain management.


Dr. Josephine Briggs, an accomplished researcher and physician, is Director of the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). In addition to leading NCCIH, she has served as the Interim Director of the NIH Precision Medicine Initiative Cohort Program as well as Acting Director of the Division of Clinical Innovation at the NIH National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences. Her research interests include the renin-angiotensin system, circadian regulation of blood pressure, and policy and ethical issues around clinical research. Dr. Briggs has published more than 175 research articles, book chapters, and other scholarly publications. She is an elected member of the Association of American Physicians and the American Society for Clinical Investigation and a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Dr. Briggs has received many awards including the Department of Health and Human Services 2014 Secretary’s Award for Distinguished Service and the American Society of Nephrology John P. Peters Award for substantial research contributions to the discipline of nephrology. She has also received numerous NIH Director’s Awards for work on key trans-NIH activities such as developing the Trans-NIH Type I Diabetes Strategic Plan, leading the Trans-NIH Zebrafish Committee, launching and leading the NIH Health Care Systems Research Collaboratory, chairing the leadership team on careers of NIH staff clinicians, serving on the Office of Human Subjects Research Protections Team, and implementing the NIH Precision Medicine Initiative Cohort Program.

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