The Massage Therapy Foundation works to advance the knowledge and practice of massage therapy by supporting scientific research, education and community service. The foundation announced on Feb. 25 that it had received a $30,000 grand from the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM), which is a division of the National Institutes of Health.

The grant will help support the second “Highlighting Massage Therapy in Complementary and Integrative Medicine (CIM) Research” conference to be held May 13-15, 2010, in Seattle, Washington.

“This NCCAM conference grant is an important demonstration of support—support of massage therapy’s presence in integrative medicine and support of the Massage Therapy Foundation’s role in bridging research and massage therapy practice,” said Diana Thompson, immediate past president of the foundation and chair of the conference planning committee.

The “Highlighting Massage Therapy in CIM Research” conference will bring together massage and manual therapy practitioners, educators, CIM researchers, allied health professionals, and others interested in massage research. Current research related to massage and manual therapies will be presented, with a special focus on translational research and public health. To view the slate of speakers and to register for the conference, please visit