Research

Research

We take a different approach to research. Our researchers and students are putting the science behind historical therapies and creating new treatments for therapeutic care.

Research at SCNM serves the public and the profession by evaluating naturopathic treatments and methodologies. This work is often performed in collaboration with other institutions so as to improve integration of naturopathic medicine in a larger health arena. The vision of the research program at SCNM is to become a well renowned and leading college in state-of-the-art research and innovation related to complementary and integrative medicine. Research in naturopathic medicine supports SCNM and students, as well as the profession. The mission of our research is to help build an infrastructure of evidence-based health care in naturopathic medicine. Through rigorous scientific investigation, the usefulness and safety of complimentary and integrative approaches and their roles in improving health care can be evaluated.

The use of complementary and integrative health care has grown significantly in the U.S. over the last few decades. As an example of our work, many of our research projects at SCNM have involved evidence-based botanical research. The majority of drugs on the market today were derived in some way from natural products and scientists have studied the therapeutic potential of only a small percentage of botanicals. Just like humans, plants are fighting off viruses and diseases every day. Through our research, we can tap into and unlock the potential of these plants and use them to treat illnesses in people. In the end, we don’t have to create new drugs, we only have to find what nature has already provided for us.

The organization of the Research Department at SCNM is overseen with Jeffrey Langland, PhD. Dr. Langland has an extensive background in evidence-based research projects in both laboratory and clinical settings. Research activities are conducted in SCNM laboratories and the medical center as well as in affiliation with the nearby Arizona State University Biodesign Institute. The Biodesign Institute is Arizona’s largest research infrastructure in bioscience-related research, with 350,000 square-feet of space offering award-winning, state-of-the-art, LEED-certified labs. It is a self-contained, limited access facility that houses a BSL3 laboratory. Working together, these institutions provide an environment of cutting-edge equipment and resources to conduct experimentation and research in the field of naturopathic medicine.

Get Involved in Research at SCNM

Are you interested in performing clinical research in your clinic? Would you like to be a director of research or product developer at a nutraceutical company? Or, work on NIH-funded projects? Join the advanced research SCNM is conducting. SCNM has partnered with and conducts its research at Arizona State University Biodesign Institute, ASU’s multi-million dollar facility.