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Research at Boucher

Enhancing research knowledge

Research: a Central Component

Research is a central component of our mission at the Boucher Institute.

With a mandate to "reflect, support and conduct research in evidence-based natural medicine," the research department opened its doors in November 2006 under the direction of the Boucher Institute Research Committee and Research Director Dr. Brenda Leung.

The department is supported by strategic efforts to attract research funding, maintain modern facilities and equipment, steward relationships with other institutions, sectors and the naturopathic community as a whole and to recruit and retain leading thinkers in research education.

Enhancing research knowledge in the naturopathic profession remains a priority for the department, as policy makers, health-care professionals and consumers continue to look for more evidence-based practices.

Student Opportunities

The research department has developed an innovative educational program that aims to equip students with the knowledge and ability to make a unique contribution towards the investigation, evaluation and development of the principles and practices of naturopathic medicine.

In-depth instruction and training in research literacy skills geared to the practice of evidence-based naturopathic medicine are taught to ensure our graduates will not only excel as physicians, but as future naturopathic medical researchers.

Our research agenda also involves supporting research within the naturopathic field, including:

  •   Providing professional development workshops in research;
  •   Consulting on research methods;
  •   Assisting with research proposal writing;
  •   Assisting researchers locate funding;
  •   Facilitating research partnerships among faculty and staff;
  •   Facilitating collaboration with external organizations and institutions

Funding Research

Investments in research go toward building research literacy and capacity among naturopathic physicians and students.

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