Research Faculty
CCNM’s department of research & clinical epidemiology is a world leader in advancing our understanding of complementary and naturopathic medicine. Our research has appeared in 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 Master 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.

Director of Research
Dr. Kieran Cooley, ND

Kieran’s experience in CCNM’s department of research and clinical epidemiology includes conducting 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 cannabis and integrative approaches for chronic pain, interprofessional collaboration and education, and naturopathic approaches to both irritable bowel syndrome and diabetes. He is Chair-Elect of the Canadian Interdisciplinary Network of Complementary and Alternative Medicine Researchers (INCAM) and Visiting Research Fellow at the Australian Research Centre for Complementary and Integrative Medicine, University of Technology, Sydney through the International Naturopathy Research Leadership and Capacity Building Program.

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. Monique has a private practice in Toronto with a special interest in mental health, mindfulness and stress management.

Clinician Scientist
Dr. Ellen Conte, ND

Ellen Conte 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.

Genestra HMF Microbiome Researcher Research Resident
Dr. Neda Ebrahimi, PhD

Neda has completed her masters and PhD in pharmaceutical sciences at the University of Toronto. She spent over 10 years investigating outcomes in pregnancy and neonatal outcomes following different gestational exposures. The core of her doctorate research focused on neonatal and postpartum disease outcomes in pregnant women with multiple sclerosis. Diet, fitness and a holistic approach to health, drive her passion and dedication to medical research and preventative and individualized medicine.

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.