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Current Projects

  • The LEAP Project -- An Online Program for Young People Struggling with Depression

    The Canadian Institute of Natural and Integrative Medicine (CINIM), in collaboration with Alberta Health Services, the University of Calgary, and Mount Royal University has developed an Online Depression Treatment Program for young people called the LEAP Project ( This eight week program is now being tested in a free study.

    This project has been approved by the Conjoint Health Research Ethics Board at the University of Calgary and the Child Health Research Office at the Alberta Children's Hospital.

    The LEAP project consists of eight modules (one per week) packed with new ideas, videos, music, true stories and simple tools to help young people create a life free from depression. All materials were created with input from young people who have experienced depression.

  • Nutritional Therapy & Asthma – New Research Project for Asthmatic Children

    Families frequently ask about the value of complementary and alternative therapies for asthma, particularly vitamin and mineral supplements. However, to date no studies have been done to decide if these supplements are effective, ineffective, or harmful.

    The Canadian Institute of Natural and Integrative Medicine (CINIM) in Calgary in collaboration with the Asthma Clinic at the Alberta Children’s Hospital is going to tackle the question: Does the use of vitamin and mineral supplements allow asthmatic children to reduce their inhaled corticosteroid (ICS) medication?

    Your child may be a candidate for this new project if he/she:
    • is aged 7-18 years
    • has been affected by mild to severe asthma for at least one year
    • is taking budesonide or equivalent preventer/controller/corticosteroid therapy at a dose of 200-800 mcg/day for at least the last 3 months

    See below for more information or contact the Asthma Trial Coordinator at (403) 220-0022 ext. 106 or

  • Parent-delivered Massage - Randomized-clinical Trial for Children (6 to 18 yrs old) diagnosed with cancer and their parents

    Having a child diagnosed with cancer is devastating for parents and their children. Parents wonder what they can do to offer support to their child diagnosed with cancer. Parent-delivered massage is an option for parents. This pilot study has the objective to test the feasibility and acceptability of a parent-delivered massage randomized-clinical trial for children (6 to 18 yrs old) diagnosed with cancer and their parents.

  • A Blood-Based Diagnostic Assay for Breast Cancer

    Breast cancer continues to be the most common cancer among Canadian women, with an average of 445 Canadian women being diagnosed every week. Population based breast cancer screening programs for early detection of breast cancer have only be shown to benefit post menopausal women and remain underutilized. The Canadian Institute of Natural and Integrative Medicine (CINIM) in Calgary in collaboration with InspireHealth in Vancouver and researchers from the University of Calgary is evaluating an innovate blood based test for breast cancer. The study will address if the test can be used 1) to diagnose breast cancer and 2) to determine if a patient is responding to treatment.

    For more information see below or contact CINIM’s Research Director, Sabine Moritz: 403-220- 0022 ext. 103 or

International Research Congress Integrative Medicine and Health Conference

May 15 - 18, 2012,
Portland, Oregon

Click here for more information.

40th Annual International Orthomolecular Medicine Today Conference

April 29 - May 1, 2011,
Toronto, Ontario

Click here for more information.

164th Annual Meeting of the American Psychiatric Association

May 14-18, 2011,
Honolulu, Hawaii

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