Research Week 2024--from April 19 - May 3 with photo on right of study working in a lab

Research Week 2024

Join us for a week full of events highlighting the exceptional achievements of NUNM researchers, students in the Masters of Clinical Research program, and professionals within the field of health research. All students, staff, and faculty members are invited to join – experience in research is not required! Research Week at the National University of Natural Medicine has the sole intention of building community within the field of research, providing networking opportunities, highlighting current innovative studies, and supporting the work of students through their educational journey. All events will be live streamed.

Schedule of Events

Monday, April 29

4:30 – 7 PM
Social Networking Mixer
Ken Harmon Community Room

  • Dr. Ryan Bradley, State of Research
  • Appetizers and mocktails provided

Open to all NUNM research students, faculty, and staff

Tuesday, April 30 – Thursday, May 2

Noon – 1 PM
Lunch and Learn: Research Team Presentations
Room 107, Main Academic Building

45-minute presentations followed by 15-minute Q&A

Tuesday: Ben Zimmerman, PhD
“Gota Kola’s effects on brain vascularity and aging”

Wednesday: Shirin Pourafshar, PhD, MSCR, RDN
“Nutrition and food science research as a part of supplement development with Standard Process”

Thursday: Lita Buttolph, PhD, DSOM, MS
“QiGong and Acupuncture in the treatment of neurological disorders”

Friday, May 3

9 – 10 AM
Campus Tour

10 – 11 AM
Clinical Research Program Discussion
Room 301 with Dr. Ryan Bradley and Dr. Heather Zwickey

11:30 AM – 1 PM
NUNM Student Research Presentations
Room 107
Family and friends are welcome to attend!

1:15 – 2:30 PM
Career Discussion Panel
Room 107

  • Matthew Hicks, ND, MS
  • Ryan Bradley, ND, MPH
  • Lynne Shinto, ND, MPH
  • Brice Thompson, ND, MS
  • Hannah Pratt, ND, MSCR 

2:45 – 3:30 PM
Research Poster Symposium
Room 107

3:45 – 4:30 PM
Award Ceremony
Room 107

Can’t Make It In Person? Join Our Livestream!

If you’re unable to attend our Research Week events in person–we’ve got you covered. Experience the excitement and knowledge-sharing from the comfort of your own space by joining our livestream sessions. NUNM will broadcast the events in real-time via Zoom, ensuring that you never miss out on valuable insights and engaging discussions. Simply click the link below to join the livestream during the event times.

Students standing in front of poster

Poster Symposium

Students from all schools are invited to enter their scientific research poster to be displayed in the NUNM Academic Building throughout Research Week! Cash prizes will be awarded for first, second and third place. The submission deadline is April 22. Students will have the opportunity to accompany their poster during the Poster Symposium on Friday May 3 with an Award Ceremony to follow!

Why attend Research Week at NUNM?

  • For students: Research Week is an opportunity to network with professionals in the clinical research field, make connections for job opportunities, meet potential thesis committee members, practice presenting your research/thesis, learn about current research happenings, build your CV and enter the poster competition for cash prize!
  • For non-research students: Get up to date on developing health research, and support fellow students.
  • For faculty: Meet current research students and offer insight into what it’s like working in this field, to support NUNM students and their progress.
  • For professionals: Share your experience with students and the NUNM community, network with future colleagues, and present your research.

Research Highlights


About the Helfgott Research Institute

NUNM’s Helfgott Research Institute is a professionally independent, non-profit research institute whose mission is to conduct rigorous, high-quality, research on the art and science of healing, specifically working to understand natural forms of medicine. Together, scientists from the fields of naturopathic medicine, Chinese medicine, acupuncture, immunology, and nutrition apply their expertise to the study of natural medicine.

Learn more about HRI