Research Studies

Status: Recruiting
Study area: Botanical Medicine, Public Health, Other
Principal investigator: Laurie Mischley, ND, MPH
Co-investigator(s): Michelle Sexton, ND
Project period: 10/31/2013-12/31/2014

Cannabis has been legalized in multiple states, both medically and recreationaly, and its use becoming more widely accepted. This survey seeks to describe the use patterns, beliefs, and any therapeutic benefits or side effects experienced by Cannabis users.

Status: Completed
Study area: CAM Research / Education
Principal investigator: Erica Oberg, ND, MPH
Funded by: Bastyr University
Project period: 2008-2013
Status: Recruiting
Study area: Neurology
Principal investigator: Paola Costa-Mallen, PhD
Co-investigator(s): Yoshimi Anzai, MD, MPH; Harvey Checkoway, PhD; Shu-Ching Hu, MD
Funded by: NIH/National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke
Project period: 02/01/2013- 01/31/2015

The purpose of this project is to study the alterations in iron metabolism present in patients with Parkinson’s disease as compared to healthy subjects, and the effect of lifestyle habits on iron levels.
We are recruiting both healthy participants (age 52-82) and PD patients: if interested, please call 425-602-3316.

Status: Completed
Study area: Oncology
Principal investigator: Leanna Standish, ND, PhD, LAc, FABNO
Project period: recruiting

Bastyr Integrative Oncolgy Reserch Center (BIORC) is actively recruiting participants with colon cancer at any stage to take part in an observational research study. By studying how cancer reacts when treated with naturopathic medicine, traditional Chinese medicine, acupuncture and mind-body therapies, we hope to uncover complementary and alternative medical (CAM) solutions that help patients fight cancer while also managing the effects of chemotherapy.

Status: Completed
Study area: Neurology
Principal investigator: Paola Costa-Mallen, PhD
Funded by: Bastyr University
Project period: 09/10/2009 - 8/31/2012

This study explores if changes in serum iron levels and iron binding proteins are associated with an increased risk of developing Parkinson's disease.

Status: Active
Study area: Botanical Medicine, Oncology
Principal investigator: Don Messner, PhD
Project period: 2008 – 2013

This study investigates effects of turmeric and its components on liver damage and liver cancer caused by iron overload.

Status: Completed
Study area: Chronic Disease
Principal investigator: Dan Cherkin (UW), Ryan Bradley, ND (BU)
Project period: 2008 – 2011

This study evaluates naturopathic care for type 2 diabetes patients.

Status: Completed
Study area: CAM Research / Education
Principal investigator: Jane Guiltinan, ND
Project period: 2006 – 2011

This four-year grant is funded by the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) at the NIH. In collaboration with colleagues at the University of Washington, Dr.

Status: Completed
Study area: CAM Research / Education
Principal investigator: Leanna Standish, PhD, ND, MS, LAc, FABNO
Project period: 2002 – 2012

This program will train eight post-doctoral fellows, each up to a period of three years, plus 30 pre-doctoral fellows in CAM research. Eighteen Bastyr and other local university faculty members are training post- and pre-doctoral fellows.

Status: Completed
Study area: Public Health
Principal investigator: Drewnowski A, Eichelsdoerfer P

The Mediterranean diet provides a socially acceptable framework for the inclusion of grains, pulses, legumes, nuts, vegetables and both fresh and dried fruit into a nutrient-rich everyday diet. The precise balance between good nutrition, affordability and acceptable social norms is an area that deserves further study. The new Mediterranean diet can be a valuable tool in helping to stem the global obesity epidemic.

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