Building Research across Inter-Disciplinary Gaps (BRIDG)

Clinical Research Training Program in Complementary and Integrative Health

The National University of Natural Medicine (NUNM) and the University of Washington (UW) host a unique collaborative research training program focused on preparing the next generation of clinical complementary and integrative health (CIH) researchers. Supported by an ongoing grant from the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH), the BRIDG program provides up to three years of postdoctoral research training support for doctoral-level CIH clinicians (e.g., ND, DAOM, DC, DPT, DO), and conventionally trained (e.g., PhD, MD) researchers who are interested in learning how to conduct clinical CIH research.

The BRIDG program has two inter-related programs referred to as the “T90” and “R90” programs for training elements offered at the UW and NUNM respectively. The T90 Program is based at the Seattle, WA campus of the UW, and offers an immersive training experience for doctoral-level CIH clinicians interested in learning the methods and processes of clinical and translational research, with dedicated mentorship.

The R90 program is based in Portland, OR on the campus of NUNM, and offers immersive training to conventionally trained researchers interested in observing and researching CIH practices, with dedicated mentorship. Both programs include didactic training via coursework, seminars and retreats, plus research activities to support the development of independent research careers.

The program directors represent the multi-disciplinary nature of the training program and include: Heather Zwickey, PhD and Ryan Bradley, ND, MPH at NUNM and Cathryn Booth-LaForce, PhD and Yvonne Lin, PhD at the UW.

Learn more about the R90 and T90 training programs.

Applications and Eligibility

Applications for the 2021-22 cohort are now closed. The next application deadline will be in spring 2022 for a September 2022 start date. Click here for more information about eligibility and duration of support.

Have questions? Contact the BRIDG program.

Learn more about this unique NIH grant mechanism.

The BRIDG Program is a collaboration between NUNM and UW.