Training & Education Research

Evidence-based Nutrition Education and Research Guidance (ENER-G)

Funded in 2023, Evidence-based Nutrition Education and Research Guidance (ENER-G) addresses the pressing need for nutrition-focused, methodologically sound, Evidence-Based Nutrition (EBN) skills training across the field of nutrition including the clinical interface. ENER-G provides a 5-year program with comprehensive workshops, seminars, courses, and mentored research experiences featuring prominent instructors in research methodology and pedagogy. We’ve assembled a strong leadership team located on the East Coast, West Coast, and in the South, with a distinct portfolio of research, teaching, and administrative skills to collaborate on this initiative. Our overall objective is to implement, evaluate, and disseminate skills-based rigorous, nutrition-focused, EBN training and research experiences across both a conventional and integrative nutritional science curriculum.

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 (BRIDG, Building Research across Inter-Disciplinary Gaps) 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 3 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.

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