The National Advisory Council for Complementary and Alternative Medicine recently announced the addition of two new members.

The council is the principal advisory body for the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM), the lead federal agency for complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) research and a component of the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

Studies underway at the NCCAM include “Massage Therapy Effects on Cerebrospinal Fluid Neurochemistry,” “Therapeutic Massage for Generalized Anxiety Disorder,” and “Neuroendocrine Mechanisms of Developmental Massage Therapy in Preterm Infants.”

The advisory council’s new members are M. Katherine Shear, M.D., and Xiaoming Tian, M.D., C.M.D., L.Ac.

Shear is a professor of psychiatry at Columbia University School of Social Work, in New York, New York. She is associate editor for Journal Watch Psychiatry, and is on the editorial board for the Journal of Depression and Anxiety.

Tian is director of the Academy of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine and Wildwood Acupuncture Center in Bethesda, Maryland. He is assistant professor at the United States Uniformed Health Service Medical School, vice president of the World Federation of Chinese Medicine Society and president of the National Association of Chinese Medicine.

The council is composed of physicians, scientists, licensed CAM practitioners, and members of the public. Members contribute their expertise over four-year terms and meet three times per year to offer advice and recommendations on prioritization, conduct and support of CAM research.