Oct 4, 2011    #170
Contact: John Austin

Alternative medicine expert Dr. Tieraona Low Dog to speak at School of Nursing program

Presentation will focus on safety and benefits of top-selling dietary supplements

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC) School of Nursing will host alternative and complementary medicine expert Tieraona Low Dog as the featured speaker at the school's 3rd Annual Pharmacology Update seminar on Friday, Oct.7 at the Penn Valley Community College Education Center, Penn Drive and 31st Street in Kansas City, MO. Dr. Low Dog will offer two presentations, first discussing "Vitamins A through Zinc" beginning at 8:15 a.m. and will follow with a discussion of "Top Selling Dietary Supplements: A Critical Review of the Evidence."

Dr. Low Dog currently serves as the Fellowship Director for the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine and Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of Arizona Health Sciences Center. She is on the Board of Scientific Councilors for the National Institutes of Health National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM). She chaired the United States Pharmacopoeia Dietary Supplements and Botanicals Expert Information Committee from 2000-2010 and now serves as chair of the Dietary Supplements sub-committee on safety, where she helps oversee the evaluation of the safety of commonly used dietary supplements.

Her many honors of distinction include Time magazine's "Innovator in Complementary and Alternative Medicine" (2001), Bioneer's award for Outstanding Contribution to Medicine (2002), the Burt Kallman Scientific Award (2007) and NPR's People's Pharmacy Award for Excellence in Research and Communication for the Public Health (2010). She has appeared on ABC’s 20/20, CNN, is a frequent guest on NPR’s The People’s Pharmacy and has a regular column entitled "Smart Talk on Supplements" in Alternative and Complementary Therapies.

The Pharmacology Update is designed to provide advanced practice nurses serving in a primary care role with the latest, clinically relevant pharmacology information. Among the topics scheduled for this year's program include health literacy, new drugs for treating STDs, heart health for women and managing depression.

About the UMKC School of Nursing

The UMKC School of Nursing offers a full range of education programs including a four-year bachelor's degree (BSN), an RN-BSN, a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN), a Doctorate in Nursing Practice (DNP) and the Ph.D. in Nursing. Research at the UMKC School of Nursing is focused on Women's and Children's health and the school is a center of excellence in the provision of health care and education in these areas, emphasizing urban health care and wellness. For more information about the UMKC School of Nursing, visit You can also find us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

About the University of Missouri-Kansas City

The University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC), one of four University of Missouri campuses, is a public university serving more than 15,000 undergraduate, graduate and professional students. UMKC engages with the community and economy based on a four-part mission: life and health sciences; visual and performing arts; urban issues and education; and a vibrant learning and campus life experience. For more information about UMKC, visit You can also find us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and watch us on YouTube.

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