Stephen E. Straus Distinguished Lecture
The Stephen E. Straus Distinguished Lecture in the Science of Complementary Health Therapies was established in 2006 with a generous gift from Bernard and Barbro Osher. The annual address, given by leading figures in science and medicine who come to NIH to speak from their perspective about the field of complementary and integrative medicine, honors Stephen E. Straus, M.D., who was the Founding Director of NIH’s National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH). For more information click here.
- Provide an annual lecture on issues in the field of complementary and integrative medicine by leading figures in science and medicine.
- National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH)
- Bernard and Barbro Osher*
*Provided financial or in-kind support for this program.
- Please contact the Advancement Office for more information at firstname.lastname@example.org or 301-402-4976.
Results & Accomplishments
Since 2002, NCCIH has provided regular lectures in the Distinguished Lectures in the Science of Complementary and Alternative Medicine series, which was later named the Stephen E. Straus Distinguished Lecture in the Science of Complementary Health Therapies.
19th Surgeon General Murphy Speaks on Stress in America:
Dr. Vivek Murthy, the 19th U.S. Surgeon General, visited the NIH on Thursday, September 7, to discuss "A Nation Under Pressure: The Public Health Consequences of Stress in America." The event, a conversation with NIH director Dr. Francis Collins, took place in Masur Auditorium from 11 a.m. to 12 noon and was streamed live via NIH Videocast (videocast.nih.gov) and Facebook LIVE (facebook.com/nih.gov and facebook.com/nih.nccih). Murthy’s talk was the 2017 Stephen E. Straus Distinguished Lecture in Complementary Therapies, part of a series honoring the founding director of NCCIH.
During their discussion, Drs. Murthy and Collins addressed what research is revealing about the health effects of stress and the approaches people can incorporate into their lives to help reduce stress, such as regular exercise, social connection, and contemplative practices, including meditation. They also examined how improvements in mental and emotional well-being can have a positive impact on the lives of individuals and communities and explore how models of successful interventions might be scaled to reach larger communities.
The lecture was supported by the Foundation for the National Institutes of Health through a generous donation from Bernard and Barbro Osher. For more information, visit nccih.nih.gov/news/events/lectures/SES17.