OB-GYN Professor Selected to Join NIH Advisory Council
Published August 2007
Margery Gass, MD, professor of obstetrics and gynecology, is one of six new members nationwide appointed to the advisory council of the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM).
Gass’s extensive research experience includes menopause, osteoporosis and female sexual function.
She is a principal investigator for the Women’s Health Initiative and a past member of the executive committee for the study.
Gass also heads the University Hospital Menopause and Osteoporosis Center and is a past president and board member of the North American Menopause Society.
The NCCAM advisory council is part of the National Institutes of Health. Its members, who serve a
four-year term, include physicians, scientists, licensed complementary and alternative medicine practitioners and representatives of the public.
Council members offer advice and recommendations on the prioritization, conduct and support of complementary and alternative medicine research. This includes research training and disseminating health information derived from the NCCAM’s findings.
“I’m really excited to be a member of this advisory committee,” says Gass. “Little data is available on alternative medicine, so hopefully we can change that. Many alternative therapies were derived from traditional medicines, so it’s exciting for us to gather data and determine how effective they are.
“More research and data may lead to the development of effective therapies that will give people another alternative to traditional medicines,” she says.