Updated: November 5th, 2020

On March 23, 2018, students, faculty, and staff gathered for the third annual MUIH Research Symposium, an event that highlights the best of the University’s research and scholarship. Two symposium awards were given and Marlysa Sullivan, M.P.T., Assistant Professor of Integrative Health Sciences at MUIH, was recognized for winning MUIH’s third annual Excellence in Research and Scholarship Award.

The center-piece of the event was a poster session displaying recent research from the MUIH community. Students, faculty, and alumni submitted abstracts and were chosen to present through a peer-review process. To see this year’s posters and abstracts, click here.

Steffany Moonaz, Ph.D., Director of Clinical and Academic Research, kicked off the event by providing an update on research activities at MUIH. Hear Dr. Moonaz discuss the importance of research in integrative health below.

Heather Zwickey, Ph.D., Professor of Immunology at the National University of Natural Medicine and adjunct faculty at MUIH, presented the keynote address. Dr. Zwickey’s presentation, titled “Chew on This: A Collection of Nutrition Research Clinical Trials,” described three nutrition clinical trials that use three different study designs, and the advantages and disadvantages of each design. Included in the discussion was a randomized controlled trial of the anti-inflammatory diet for pre-diabetes and metabolic syndrome, a quazi-experimental designed study of the ketogenic diet for people with Parkinson’s disease, and evaluation of a community nutrition project. Watch Dr. Zwickey’s presentation below.


Ms. Sullivan also gave a presentation of her work, “Development of an Explanatory Model for Yoga Therapy Practice and Research.” Watch Ms. Sullivan’s presentation below.

The faculty Research Poster Award was awarded to Janice Campbell, D.O.M., L.Ac., ADS, Clinic Director for the Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine program, for “Concurrent Treatment of Low Back Pain & Recurrent Episodes of Grief Using Classical Five Element Acupuncture Theory Based Treatments: A Case Report.”

The student Research Poster Award was awarded to Shari Youngblood, M.A., Michael J. Farris, M.S., M.A., Tabitha Lenox, M.S., Aubrey Moore, M.S., and James Snow, M.A., for “Specific Carbohydrate Diet for Crohn’s Disease in a Child with Autism Spectrum Disorder: A Case Report.”


Scenes from the 2018 MUIH Research Symposium

2018 Research Symposium

Past Events

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