The Helfgott Research Institute
at the National College of Natural Medicine
(NCNM) is a non-profit organization whose mission is to conduct rigorous research in natural medicine
Established in June 2003, Helfgott now includes a basic science laboratory, a staff of investigators with specializations in naturopathic medicine
, Chinese medicine
, nutrition, psychology and immunology, and multiple federally-funded clinical research trials.
Current research studies include:
- A clinical study exploring the relationship between diet, inflammation and type 2 diabetes
- A clinical study on treatment of metabolic syndrome
- A clinical study evaluating the safety and efficacy of therapeutic magnets for carpal tunnel syndrome
- Research on health disparities and naturopathic medicine
- Mood in relation to type 2 diabetes
- Conditioning-enhanced treatment of autoimmune disease in a mouse model
Helfgott researchers collaborate with other Portland, Oregon-based institutions, including Oregon Health and Science University (OHSU) and the Oregon Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine in Neurological Disorders, Kaiser Permanente Center for Health Research, and local natural medicine colleges.