Through the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health, a series of research centers will focus on the safety of natural products, on how they work within the body, and on the development of cutting-edge research technologies. The centers, jointly funded by the National Institutes of Health's Office of Dietary Supplements (ODS) and the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH), include three Botanical Dietary Supplements Research Centers and two Centers for Advancing Natural Products Innovation and Technology (CANPIT).Natural products include a wide variety of substances produced by plants, bacteria, fungi, and animals that have historically been used in traditional medicine and other complementary and integrative health practices.
The Botanical Dietary Supplements Research Centers are:
- Dietary Botanicals in the Preservation of Cognitive and Psychological Resilience, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York City, NY.
- Botanicals and Metabolic Resiliency, Pennington Biomedical Research Center, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA.
- Botanical Dietary Supplements for Women's Health, University of Illinois at Chicago.
The Centers for Advancing Natural Products Innovation and Technology are:
- The Center for High-throughput Functional Annotation of Natural Products, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center and Simon Fraser University.
- The UIC Natural Products Technology Center, University of Illinois at Chicago.