The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) celebrates its 10th anniversary in 2009.

NCCAM is a center of the National Institutes of Health and the nation’s lead agency for scientific research into complementary medicine.

The public is invited to attend an open session on Feb. 6, during which David M. Eisenberg, M.D., director of the Osher Institute Integrative Care Center and Program in Integrative Medicine at Harvard Medical School, will reflect on NCCAM’s past 10 years. NCCAM Director Josephine Briggs will also speak.

Among the current research projects funded by NCCAM are: “Effect of Massage on Chronic Low Back Pain” and “Therapeutic Massage for Generalized Anxiety Disorder,” both due to be completed in August; “Neuroendocrine Mechanisms of Developmental Massage Therapy in Preterm Infants,” due to be completed in April 2010; “Massage Therapy Effects on Cerebrospinal Fluid Neurochemistry,” due to be completed in June 2010; and “Multi-System Evaluation of Massage Therapy on HIV+ Adolescents,” due to be completed in July 2012