Research Studies

Status: Completed
Study area: General Wellness
Principal investigator: Guan-Cheng Sun, PhD
Funded by: Funded by the Institute of Qigong & Internal Alternative Medicine
Project period: 2009 – 2010

The purpose of this project is to investigate the impacts of a specific style of Qigong, Yi Ren, on the practitioner's health and well-being.  This will be achieved with a self-report questionnaire form.

Status: Completed
Study area: Nutrition/Dietary
Principal investigator: Ryan Bradley, ND
Project period: January – December 2010

The importance of vitamin D in the prevention and treatment of diabetes and cardiovascular disease has gained increased attention in recent years.

Status: Completed
Study area: Chronic Disease
Principal investigator: Bradley R, Kozura E, Buckle H, Kaltunas J, Tais S, Standish LJ.
Project period: 2009

The primary aim of this study was to describe clinical risk factor changes during the utilization of naturopathic CAM services in patients with type 2 diabetes.

Status: Completed
Study area: Other
Principal investigator: Messner DJ, Sivam G, Kowdley KV.
Project period: 2009

Curcumin bound iron, but did not block iron uptake or bioavailability in T51B cells given FAC. However, it reduced cytotoxicity, blocked the generation of ROS and eliminated signalling to cellular stress pathways caused by iron.

Status: Completed
Study area: Chronic Disease
Principal investigator: Sun GC, Gillham S, Putiri A, Bradley R, Sasagawa M and Lovejoy J
Project period: 2009
Status: Completed
Study area: Chronic Disease
Principal investigator: Oberg EB, Fitzpatrick AL, Lafferty WE, LoGerfo JP
Project period: 2009

Analysis of Medicaid claims data suggests rates of secondary prevention are less than optimal. To improve survival and reduce rehospitalization after an MI, policy changes (tobacco cessation benefits, expansion of rehabilitation programs), health care capacity (training, referral patterns, and coordination of care), and improvements to access (removing barriers, increasing facilities, targeting minority populations) could be implemented.

Status: Completed
Study area: Neurology
Principal investigator: Sexton M, Woodruff G, Cudaback E
Co-investigator(s): Kreitzer FR, Xu C, Lin YH, Möller T, Bai M, Manning HC, Bornhop
Project period: 2009

Together these results suggest that NIR-conPK binds to a protein that is related to TSPO, and expressed by astrocytomas and microglia. Our results also suggest that the expression of this protein is increased by specific cytokines, and thus allows for the monitoring of a particular subtype of microglia activation.

Status: Completed
Study area: Healthy Aging
Principal investigator: Downey L, Diehr P, Standish LJ, Patrick DL
Co-investigator(s): Kozak L, Fisher D, Congdon S, Lafferty WE
Project period: 2009

This article reports findings from a randomized controlled trial of massage and guided meditation with patients at the end of life. Using data from 167 randomized patients, the authors considered patient outcomes through 10 weeks post-enrollment, as well as next-of-kin ratings of the quality of the final week of life for 106 patients who died during study participation.

Status: Completed
Study area: CAM Research / Education, Neurology
Principal investigator: Wu C, Weber W, Kozak L, Standish L
Co-investigator(s): Ojemann J, Ellenbogen R, Avellino A
Project period: 2009

The use of CAM may influence neurosurgical care; and the role of spirituality and prayer should be further explored. Because CAM utilization is ubiquitous, open discussion and familiarity with CAM treatments are becoming increasingly important in the field of neurosurgery.

Status: Completed
Study area: Nutrition/Dietary, General Wellness
Principal investigator: EB Oberg
Project period: 2008 – 2009

This pilot trial tests the feasibility and effectiveness of the naturopathic diet as it compares to standard conventional dietary education.  Preliminary data will be used to determine if a naturopathic diet improves glycemic control, quality of life, and nutritional knowledge outcomes.

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