Advancing the Evidence Base

Since 1989

The collaborative relationship in Portland began in 1989 when Oregon Health & Science University and University of Western States received a grant to study low back pain. In 2003, OHSU was awarded a $1.5 million dollar grant to develop, implement, and evaluate a new four-year curriculum for medical students in complementary and alternative medicine.  OHSU was one of 15 medical institutions in the country selected to receive this competitive grant. The success of the grant application was in part due to the outstanding and supportive environment at OHSU and in Portland for such educational research to occur.  

The OCIM Conference (formerly SPARC)

In addition to decades of collaborative, NIH/NCCIH funded research in integrative health, OCIM conducts the largest and most robust scientific research conference on integrative medicine and health in the Pacific Northwest.  Learn more about the 2015 OCIM/SPARC Conference and stay tuned for details about the 2017 OCIM Conference.