First National Institutes of Health -NIH- Research Career Development Award for Naturopathic Medicine Goes to Bastyr University Graduate

KENMORE, Wash.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--April 22, 2002--Wendy Weber, ND, Bastyr University graduate and researcher, has received a career development award from the National Center of Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) at the National Institutes of Health.

This is the first such award to ever be granted to a naturopathic physician.

This prestigious grant will fund Dr. Weber's salary for 5 years as well as provide support for research development. Typically it is given to a physician who is several years removed from medical school. Dr. Weber, however, received her doctorate in naturopathic medicine in June 2001. But between her graduation from Wesleyan University ('94, psychology/neuroscience and behavior) and her enrollment at Bastyr, Dr. Weber spent 3 years as a research assistant working on pediatric psychopharmacology research at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston.

The NIH grant reflects that organization's interest in increasing the number of Complimentary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) physicians trained to conduct high-quality, patient-oriented clinical research. Dr. Weber's main research interests are pediatrics and mental health conditions. She believes the award is the NIH's acknowledgement of its interest in natural approaches to mental health research in children. In her own clinical work Dr. Weber finds that "lots of parents are seeking options for their children. They don't want to use prescription medications on their children and many are seeking alternative therapies."

Dr. Weber is a clinical research fellow at the Bastyr Center for Natural Health, where she continues to see patients. She is also working toward a master's in public health at the University of Washington.

"Dr. Weber is a skilled researcher and clinician," said Joseph Chu, MD, vice president of academics and research at Bastyr. "We are pleased that her excellence has been recognized by this award and that the NIH is supporting this type of training that is so crucial to our understanding of the efficacy and safety of CAM."

Bastyr University is internationally recognized as a pioneer in the study of natural healing and is the leading university for natural health sciences in the United States. Bastyr encompasses a multi-disciplinary and rigorous curriculum, a world-renowned research institute and the largest natural health clinic in the state of Washington. For more information, please visit our Web site at

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