Research faculty

Leading researchers in naturopathic medicine

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CCNM’s department of research & clinical epidemiology is an acknowledged world leader in advancing our understanding of complementary and naturopathic medicine. Our research has appeared in leading peer-reviewed journals including The Canadian Medical Association Journal, The Lancet and the British Medical Journal.

 

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF RESEARCH

Dr. Dugald Seely, ND, M.Sc.

Dr. Dugald Seely, ND, is the executive director of the department of research and clinical epidemiology and the Ottawa Integrative Cancer Centre (OICC). Dugald completed his masters of science in cancer research from the University of Toronto with a focus on interactions between chemotherapy and natural health products. His main interests lie in conducting primary research on complementary therapies used by naturopathic doctors with a focus on integrative cancer care.

Dr. Dugald Seely, ND
Dr. Kieran Cooley, ND

DIRECTOR OF RESEARCH

Dr. Kieran Cooley, ND

Kieran’s experience in CCNM’s department of research and clinical epidemiology includes conducting pragmatic, whole-practice clinical trials on naturopathic care, evaluating the quality and impact of both naturopathic and integrative medicine, as well as collaborating with various institutions to evaluate natural health products. Currently, he is investigating the effect of a natural health product in children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and use of a topical agent for osteoarthritis of the knee.

RESEARCH FELLOW

Dr. Monique Aucoin, ND

Monique Aucoin is a naturopathic doctor and research fellow at CCNM. Monique has been involved in the design, implementation and analysis of studies investigating the efficacy and safety of natural health products in the treatment of Irritable Bowel Syndrome, depression, osteoarthritis, and ADHD. She has completed systematic reviews on the efficacy and safety of treatments for digestive disorders and cancer. In addition to her research work, Monique has a private practice in Toronto with a special interest in mental health, mindfulness and stress management.

Dr. Monique Aucoin, ND
Julie Ennis, PhD

RESEARCH FELLOW

Julie Ennis, PhD

Julie Ennis is passionate about research into the role that nutrition, physical activity, psychological and social support can play in the prevention and treatment of cancer. She began her research career in the Department of Nutritional Sciences at the University of Toronto where she completed her masters and PhD degrees in 2010 and 2015, respectively. Her graduate research focused on the effects of bioactive compounds found in flaxseed in breast cancer and the potential interactions with conventional breast cancer treatment.

RESEARCH FELLOW

Dr. Jason Clifford, ND

Jason graduated with an environmental engineering degree from the University of Guelph in 1999. After working in that field for a short time, he realized something was missing: he wasn’t contributing to the Earth and society the way he’d intended. He returned to the University of Guelph to further his studies in biomedical science and plant biology; re-discovering his purpose and his passion. He left that program early in order to pursue a career in naturopathic medicine at CCNM.

Dr. Jason Clifford, ND
Dr. Ellen McDonell, ND

RESEARCH RESIDENT

Dr. Ellen McDonell, ND

Ellen McDonell is a naturopathic doctor focusing on integrative cancer care. In her clinical practice, she uses evidence-based therapies to decrease side effects of conventional therapy, adjunctively treat and prevent cancer, and optimize overall health. Therapies include clinical nutrition and supplementation, exercise, botanical medicine, lifestyle counselling and acupuncture.

CLINICAL TRIAL COORDINATOR

Dr. Maria Shapoval, ND

Dr. Maria Shapoval, ND, is a licensed naturopathic doctor and clinical trial coordinator at CCNM. She is currently involved in implementing the study on arthritis knee pain. Her previous work focused on Parkinson’s disease and exercise, circadian rhythms and women’s health and treatments for iron overdose. She is a regular contributor of the Integrated Healthcare Practitioner magazine, and is part of the magazine’s peer-review board. Maria graduated from the University of Toronto with an Honours Bachelor of Science majoring in physiology and psychology.

Dr. Maria Shapoval, ND
Dr. Deborah Kennedy, ND, PhD

RESEARCH ASSOCIATE

Dr. Deborah Kennedy, PhD

Deborah Kennedy works in the research department to help collect and analyze data to build the evidence base of naturopathic medicine through high quality synthesis work, and where needed to help coordinate clinical research. Deborah’s interests include understanding the efficacy, and safety of natural health products and their interactions with pharmaceutical drugs as determined through clinical and epidemiological evidence. Deborah is currently working on project funded by Health Canada to conduct a systematic review on the interactions between specific natural health products and pharmaceutical drugs used in cancer treatment..

RESEARCH RESIDENT

Dr. Ehab Mohammed, ND

Dr. Ehab Mohammed, ND, is a licensed naturopathic doctor, board certified from the College of Naturopaths in Ontario. Before his graduation from CCNM in 2015, Ehab completed medical school training in Egypt. He graduated with an honours degree and joined the clinical oncology residency program at Cairo University. He also received his master’s degree in oncology focussing on psychiatric disturbances in cancer patients, and then obtained a medical doctorate degree in radiation oncology. Ehab has published 33 scientific research articles in various medical journals and was a professor of oncology at Cairo University. In January 2016 he joined the research residency program at CCNM and currently supervises fourth-year naturopathic interns at CCNM’s Robert Schad Naturopathic Clinic.

Dr. Ehab Mohammed, ND
Dr. Qingping (Amanda) Zheng, ND

RESEARCH RESIDENT

Dr. Qingping (Amanda) Zheng, ND

Amanda is a licensed naturopathic doctor and a research resident in CCNM. She had worked as a medical doctor specialized in the neurological rehabilitation for over eight years in China, working with patients with stroke, traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury and other neurological disorders. Her passion is to bridge the gap between the conventional medicine and alternative medicine, providing holistic medical care for people. Amanda’s research is focus on neuroplasticity and neuroprotection.

RESEARCH FELLOW

Jeremy Ng, M.Sc.

Jeremy Y. Ng, M.Sc., is a research fellow at the Patterson Institute for Integrative Cancer Research at the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine and is the social media communications coordinator for the International Society for Complementary Medicine Research (ISCMR). Stemming from personal health experiences, Jeremy has been tirelessly fascinated by complementary and integrative medicine and natural health products since he was a high school student. Jeremy has been involved in research for nearly seven years and has published multiple peer-reviewed articles and abstracts, and authored the book “Knowledge and Discovery” (ISBN: 978-0-9920840-0-4), a published strategy manual outlining how undergraduate students can gain research experience.

Jeremy Ng

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