NINR director Dr. Patricia Grady (second from r) with (from l) NINR science director Dr. Raymond Dionne, BNC fellow Dr. Sunny Alperson and Bravewell representatives Michele Mittelman, Bonnie Pfeifer Evans and Teresa Bonner
NINR recently partnered with the Bravewell Collaborative and the Clinical Center (collectively referred to as the BNC) to develop a new postdoctoral training program in integrative medicine, the BNC Fellowship. This unique, 2-year fellowship focuses on key issues in integrative medicine research toward the goal of optimizing health and healing for individuals and society. The program combines the academic environment of a university with the research resources at NIH, encouraging multi-disciplinary collaboration.
In the summer of 2009, Dr. Sunny Alperson was selected as the first BNC fellow.
She completed her undergraduate nursing studies in South Korea and received her training in nursing science at the University of San Diego. As part of the first year of the fellowship, Alperson is attending the University of Arizona’s Program in Integrative Medicine. For her second year, she will come to NIH for training in clinical research.
At a recent meeting of NINR’s Advisory Council, Alperson presented her proposed
biobehavioral research project involving a mind-body intervention with overweight and obese adults. Her goal is to help participants achieve better health through both gentle exercise and greater mind-body awareness,
with improved weight management expected as an indirect result.
“The BNC Fellowship represents an innovative approach to training the next generation of researchers. Fellows are expected to become strong scientists and creative leaders,” said NINR director Dr. Patricia Grady. “I want to commend
Dr. Alperson for pursuing this exceptional opportunity. We look forward
to the contributions that she, and future BNC fellows, will make to the health and well-being of all.”
To mark the inaugural year of the fellowship, a reception was held with NINR Council members and representatives from Bravewell. The philanthropic
Bravewell Collaborative provides financial support for the BNC Fellowship.
As defined by Bravewell, integrative medicine is patient-centered and integrates the best of Western medicine with other modalities, including traditional Chinese and Ayurvedic medicine, to achieve optimal health and healing, help individuals to take responsibility for their own health, encourage
healing partnerships between patient and provider and create a culture of wellness.
For more information about the BNC fellowship, visit www.ninr.nih.gov/Training/BNC. You may also contact Dr. Natalie Rasmussen, NINR intramural
research training director, (301) 443-5061, firstname.lastname@example.org.