Applications Now Open for BRIDG Clinical Research Program Hosted by NUNM and Univ. of Washington

The National University of Natural Medicine (NUNM) in Portland, Oregon and the University of Washington (UW) in Seattle, Washington are seeking applicants to the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH)-funded “Building Research across Inter-Disciplinary Gaps (BRIDG) Clinical Research Training T90 and R90 Programs”. 

Eligible individuals are post-doctoral US citizens or permanent residents with interest in clinical CIH research training according to the following:

  • R90 program: PhD, MD, DrPH and DSW, among others from “conventional” research backgrounds
  • T90 program: Doctoral degrees in CIH disciplines, i.e., ND, DEAM, DC, DPT and DO, earned within the past five (5) years

The focus of both programs is early translational and clinical research training in complementary medicine, including mind-body, natural products, nutrition, public health, and health services research. These positions are supported with up to three years of funding including salary, benefits, travel and research support. 

The R90 program pairs trainees with experienced, funded, clinical researchers at NUNM, including some dually affiliated at the Oregon Health and Sciences University (OHSU), who have active research projects in complementary and integrative health. R90 trainees receive immersive training, including clinical observations of complementary and integrative health practices, integrative health coursework, seminars, retreats, inclusion on active clinical research projects and independent research projects to support the collection of preliminary data. 

The T90 program pairs trainees with experienced, funded, clinical researchers at UW who have active research projects. The program mentors represent five schools within the University of Washington, including the Schools of Medicine, Nursing, Public Health, Social Work and Pharmacy. T90 trainees receive didactic training in the methods and skills required to design and implement clinical research in the fields of CIH, along with other activities to support the development of independent research careers.

T90 and R90 trainees regularly interact via weekly seminars and quarterly retreats, promoting collaboration and inter-disciplinary education and research design. 

The BRIDG R90 training program is directed by Drs. Heather Zwickey, PhD and Ryan Bradley, ND, MPH at NUNM, and the T90 program by Drs. Cathryn Booth-LaForce, PhD and Yvonne Lin, PhD at UW. 

The BRIDG program is now accepting applications through May 2, 2022 for a September 2022 start date. 

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