The Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine Research Department and the Ric Scalzo Institute for Botanical Research
The Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine Research Department and the Ric Scalzo Institute for Botanical Research include a state-of-the-art molecular biology/phytochemistry laboratory located on the campus of the Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine in Tempe, Arizona. The Institute’s mission is to develop new products and improve existing botanical therapeutics through scientific exploration grounded in clinical herbalism’s rich tradition, in collaboration with the natural products industry and other academic institutions. The Institute explores the role of plants as medicines and seeks to improve therapies for global health concerns including viral diseases, antibiotic resistant bacteria, fungal infections, immune disorders and cancer. Advanced facilities, in collaboration with affiliated institutions, afford faculty and students the resources to conduct cellular and molecular biology laboratory-based research activities and botanical constituent isolation and identification that can be further translated into clinical trials at SCNM and with partner institutions. Dr. Jeffrey Langland, PhD, Research Department Chair and Research Director, has been overseeing multiple studies on the benefits of botanicals for many years leading to many advances in natural healing.