The mission of the Center for Complementary and Integrative Medicine involves three core objectives:
- To foster collaborative basic, clinical and outcomes research programs in complementary and integrative medicine, and to train new investigators in the field.
- To develop complementary and integrative medicine educational programs for health professional and patients.
- To develop and expand clinical and educational programs for patients through the integration of the highest quality academic medicine with complementary therapies.
With the objective of preventing and treating chronic disease and to promoting health and healing, the Weill Cornell Center focuses, in particular, on the use of mind-body approaches to healing and disease prevention (for example, yoga, meditation, guided imagery, spirituality, tai chi), and on the use of natural products including herbals and botanicals.
The Center is at the heart of the effort to identify effective botanical therapies and mind body approaches to medicine and contrast them to those found ineffective or even potentially dangerous. This work is urgent. Everyday, millions of people in the US and other countries, routinely employ complementary therapies, either because they provide an alternative to costlier conventional medicine or are attractive given cultural beliefs and personal experiences. Yet of the strategies, little is known about what works. Despite the growing reliance upon complementary therapies, most health professionals remain unaware of their potential benefits or risks.
The Center's primary objectives:
- Moving beyond anecdotal information: Identifying treatments likely to be effective
- Evaluate efficacy and effectiveness through clinical research
- Elucidate mechanisms of action through basic research
- Document the outcomes of patients who receive integrative care and of the outcomes of participants in pilot research studies of clinical and educational programs
- Train physicians in clinical research, clinical epidemiology, and integrative medicine
- Conduct patient and professional educational programs
- Clinical Practice