Stephen E. Straus Distinguished Lecture


In 2006, Bernard and Barbro Osher established the Stephen E. Straus Distinguished Lecture in the Science of Complementary Health Therapies to honor the founding director of the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, which was renamed the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH) in 2014. The Stephen E. Straus Distinguished Lecture is the premier lecture at NCCIH, featuring leading figures in science and medicine who speak from their perspective about complementary and integrative medicine.


  • Provide an annual lecture on issues in the field of complementary and integrative medicine by leading figures in science and medicine.


Public-Sector Partners:

  • National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH)

Private-Sector Partners:

  • Bernard and Barbro Osher*

*Provided financial or in-kind support for this program.

FNIH Contact

  • Please contact the Advancement Office for more information at [email protected] or 301-402-4976.

Results & Accomplishments

Since 2006, there have been 12 Stephen E. Straus Distinguished Lectures in the Science of Complementary Health Therapies.

December 13, 2022 – 2:00 p.m. ET
From the Mouths of Babes: What Can Research on Babies, Moms, Stress, and Substance Use Tell Us About Resilience?
Laura Stroud, Ph.D.
Professor of Psychiatry and Human Behavior
Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University
Director and Senior Research Scientist
Center for Behavioral and Preventive Medicine
The Miriam Hospital
Providence, Rhode Island

December 15, 2021 – 12:00 p.m. ET
Mindfulness as a Support for Healing Conversations and Actions Toward Social Justice and Equity
Rhonda V. Magee, J.D.
Professor of Law
University of San Francisco School of Law
Teacher and Practitioner of Mindfulness
Scholar of Contemplative Education
San Francisco, California

December 9, 2020 – 12:00 p.m. ET
All Health Is Not Created Equal: Where You Live Matters
Shannon N. Zenk, Ph.D., M.P.H., R.N., F.A.A.N.
Director, National Institute of Nursing Research
Bethesda, MD

September 23, 2019 – 09:15 a.m. ET
Why We Need a Pain Revolution: From Science to Practice
Lorimer Moseley, Ph.D.
Professor of Clinical Neurosciences and Chair in Physiotherapy School of Health Sciences
University of South Australia

November 29, 2018 – 10:00 a.m. ET
Transforming Veterans’ Health: Implementing a Whole Health System of Care
Tracy W. Gaudet, M.D.
Executive Director, Office of Patient Centered Care and Cultural Transformation
Veterans Health Administration, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

September 7, 2017 – 11:00 a.m. ET
A Nation Under Pressure: The Public Health Consequences of Stress in America
Dr. Vivek Murthy
19th U.S. Surgeon General

May 3, 2016 – 10:00 a.m. ET
Change Your Brain by Transforming Your Mind
Richard J. Davidson, Ph.D.
Founder of the Center for Healthy Minds
University of Wisconsin-Madison

May 11, 2015, 10:00 AM
When Experts Disagree – the Art of Medical Decision Making
Jerome Groopman, M.D.
The Dina and Raphael Recanati Chair of Medicine at Harvard Medical School and Chief of Experimental Medicine at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
Pamela Hartzband, M.D.
Assistant Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School and Attending Physician in the Division of Endocrinology at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

December 16, 2013
A New Fabric for Clinical Research: Application to the Pain Problem
Robert Califf, Ph.D.
Duke University Medical Center

December 12, 2012
Natural Products: Drugs and Medicines for All Reasons and All Seasons
David G.I. Kingston, Ph.D.
University Distinguished Professor, Bioorganic and Natural Products Chemistry at Virginia Tech

November 7, 2011
Opening Windows to the Brain: Lessons Learned from the Neuroimaging of Pain
Sean Mackey, M.D., Ph.D.
Chief, Pain Management Division, Associate Professor, Anesthesia and Pain Management, Division of Pain Management, Stanford University School of Medicine

December 15, 2010
Promise for the Future in Yesterday’s Remedies: Traditional Therapies to Modern Medicine
Vikas Sukhatme, M.D., Ph.D.
Victor J. Aresty Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School
Chief Academic Officer and Harvard Faculty Dean for Academic Programs
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center


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