Integrative Medicine Research Series, Episode 2

An interview with Heather Zwickey, PhD

By Natural Medicine Journal

Printer Friendly PagePrinter Friendly Page

Since its inception in 2002, the Helfgott Research Institute at National College of Natural Medicine in Portland, Oregon, has been studying natural medicine the way it is practiced—using a whole-system, whole-person approach. Heather Zwickey, PhD, the institute's director, explains some of the challenges associated with that approach and also discusses exciting new areas of opportunity that exist for integrative medicine researchers.
Approximate listening time: 14 minutes

About the Expert

Heather Zwickey, PhD, earned a PhD in Immunology and Microbiology from the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center with a focus on infectious disease. Zwickey went on to complete a postdoctoral fellowship and teach medical school at Yale University. At the National University of Natural Medicine in Portland, OR, Zwickey launched the Helfgott Research Institute and established the School of Graduate Studies, developing programs in research, nutrition, and global health, among others. She currently leads an NIH funded clinical research training program. She teaches at many universities and speaks at conferences worldwide. At Helfgott Research Institute, Zwickey applies her immunology expertise to natural medicine, with specific interest in the gut-brain axis in neuroinflammation.  


About the Author

Natural Medicine Journal is an electronic peer-reviewed journal and open access website dedicated to the field of integrative medicine.