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AAHF Board Member Robert I-San, Ph.D., and AAHF Angel Ms. Sunny Lee, Director, Sunny Comprehensive Health Care Center, Taipei, with Dr. Stephen E. Straus, Director of the National Center for Comprehensive and Alternative Medicine at the National Institutes of Health. The AAHF Board of Directors met with Dr. Straus to discuss the Conter's long range research agenda.
National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine

AAHF led the effort to achieve passage of this legislation, which became law in October 1998. The legislation had the effect of promoting what had been the Office of Alternative Medicine at NIH, to center status, thereby dramatically increasing its authority and budget. As a Center, it can make grants, hire and fire its own staff, set its own priorities and determine who shall serve on its advisory panels. In addition, the legislation created a White House Policy Commission on Complementary and Alternative Medicine, which is charged with investigating subjects ranging from the credentialing of emerging professions to insurance reimbursement for CAM therapies.



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