Alternative Medicine at Smithies Symposium

Sunyata Smith, PhD, an NIH T-32 fellow in the Program on Integrative Medicine (PIM), Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, was selected to present her poster on "The Effects of a Low Omega-6 and High Omega-3 diet on Inflammatory Gene Expression in Chronic Daily Headaches" at the first annual Oliver Smithies Nobel Laureate Symposium.

Alternative Medicine at Smithies Symposium
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Left to Right: Dr. Mann, Dr. Smith and Dr. Gaylord at the Smithies Symposium poster session

J. Douglas Mann, MD, professor in the department of Neurology, serves as Dr. Smith's research mentor. Susan Gaylord, PhD, director of PIM, is Dr. Smith's co-mentor.

"We are very proud and delighted," Dr. Gaylord said. "Dr. Smith's research has involved the exploration of epigenetics and gene expression, as applied to specific complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) interventions for disease conditions such as cancer, diabetes and chronic pain. This research is cutting edge and is likely to have a great impact on our knowledge of the mechanisms and healing potential of mind-body and other CAM therapies."

Dr. Gaylord also noted the impact of the poster session at the symposium. "It was amazing to see how much work is being done by our post-doctoral fellows in the biomedical sciences. The session showed the productivity and potential here at UNC."

Learn more about our NIH T-32 fellowship program on the PIM website. Read this and other news from UNC Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.