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John Brons, PhD, LAc

Professor, Associate Dean of Biomedical Sciences

Bio

Dr. Brons grew up in Southern California and obtained a PhD in anatomy with neuroscience research in 1978. He has lived in Portland since 1979, and has been teaching at NCNM since 1981. From 1989-2002 he took a hiatus to do neuroscience research at OHSU and obtain a degree in Chinese medicine from OCOM. Dr. Brons had an acupuncture practice for a few years in the mid-nineties, but then decided that he still preferred an academic career, and now teaches at NCNM in the ND program. His areas of teaching are anatomy, physiology, neuroscience, and developmental biology. 

Courses taught:
•    BAS410/420  Musculoskeletal Anatomy I, II
•    BAS412/422/432  Organ Systems  I, II, III
 

Curriculum Vitae

EDUCATION
1993 MAcOM, Oregon College of Oriental Medicine, Portland, OR
1978 PhD (Anatomy), University of California, Los Angeles, CA
1970 BA, University of California, Santa Barbara, CA
   
TEACHING & ADMINISTRATION
National College of Natural Medicine, Portland, OR
School of Naturopathic Medicine
1992-present Professor (2006-present) and Associate Professor (1992-2006) of Anatomy and Physiology
    Taught basic medical sciences to first year naturopathic medical students: gross anatomy with prosection laboratory, physiology, neuroscience and developmental biology
    Prosected cadavers for laboratory instruction
         Instructed Basic Science Clinical Correlates courses for first-year students
    Provided laboratory demonstrations for East-West College of Massage and Riverdale High School
    Procured cadavers and managed the anatomy dissection laboratory
1996-present Coordinator of Basic Medical Sciences

       
  Restructured and integrated anatomy, physiology, neuroscience and embryology into separate musculoskeletal and organ systems tracks designed to better prepare students for training in physical medicine and internal medicine, respectively.
    Developed and implemented the basic science curriculum into a coherent system that helped integrate anatomy, physiology, neuroscience, embryology, histology, biochemistry, immunology, microbiology/public health and pathology.
    Hired instructors in pharmacology, microbiology, biochemistry, anatomy
        Evaluated performance of basic science instructors
 2003-present Associate Dean of Basic Sciences for Admissions
    Assisted in admissions by administering transfer credits for advanced-standing students
        Developed admissions prerequisite requirements for both naturopathic and Oriental medicine programs
 1982-1988  Assistant Professor of Anatomy
    Taught gross anatomy and embryology to first-year naturopathic medical students
    Organized teaching assistants and provided instruction on prosected cadavers in the anatomy lab
   

National College of Natural Medicine, Portland, OR
School of Classical Chinese Medicine

2003-2010   Taught Western basic sciences integrated with complexity sciences and Chinese philosophy to first-year students
    Taught anatomy lab with prosected cadavers designed specifically for acupuncture point location courses for second-year students
    Taught cadaver laboratory sessions wherein students could further develop techniques for needling difficult acupuncture points
   
Oregon Health & Science University, Portland, OR
1989-2002 Assistant Professor of Anatomy, Depart of Biological Structure and Function, School of Dentistry
    Taught gross anatomy and cadaver dissection to first-year dental students
    Taught head and neck anatomy dissection to first-year dental students
1986-1987 Instructor of Anatomy, Dept of Cell Biology and Anatomy, School of Medicine
  •  Taught gross anatomy and cadaver dissection to first-year medical students
   
Oregon College of Oriental Medicine, Portland, OR
1991-96 Instructor of Anatomy
1986-87
Taught anatomy and physiology to first-year Oriental medicine students 
   
Pacific University, Forest Grove, OR
1985-88 Instructor of Anatomy, Physical Therapy Department
1981-82  
Taught gross anatomy and cadaver dissection to first-year physical therapy students
   
RESEARCH
Helfgott Institute of Research, Portland, OR

2006-present
 

Collaborated with Agatha Colbert on developing preliminary data to standardize the use of magnetic fields in a study evaluating the use of magnets in carpal tunnel syndrome.  Research funds have been granted.
  Collaborated with Agatha Colbert on developing preliminary data on acupuncture point impedance characteristics.  
   
Oregon Health & Science University, Portland, OR
1988-89 Research Associate, Anatomy Dept, School of Dentistry
  Collaborated with Dr. Lee Robertson on mapping sensory pathways and processing in cerebellum
1987-88   Research Assistant Professor, Anatomy Dept, School of Dentistry
  Determined the effects of premature synostosis of spheno-occipital synchondrosis on cranial shape and development in guinea pigs
1979-80   Postdoctoral Fellow, Dept of Medical Psychology, OHSU
  Collaborated with Dr. Fitzgerald on heart conditioning in rabbits
   
Neurological Sciences Institute
Good Samaritan Hospital and Medical Center, Portland, OR
1980-81   Postdoctoral Fellow
  Collaborated with Dr. Lee Robertson on mapping sensory pathways and processing in cerebellum
   
University of California, Los Angeles, CA
1978-79   Postgraduate Research Neurophysiologist, Dept of Psychiatry
  Extended previous studies on the effects of conditioning and extinction of eyeblink reflexes in neocortex in collaboration with Dr. Woody 
1975-78   NIMH Predoctoral Fellow, Dept of Anatomy
  Dissertation on the effects of conditioning and extinction of eyeblink reflexes in neocortex under the supervision of Dr. Woody
1972-75   Research Assistant, Dept of Anatomy, UCLA
  Collaborated Dr. Elul on electrostatic properties of neuroblastoma cells
   
PRIVATE PRACTICE
1993-97   Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, Portland, OR
   
PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS
NPLEX  (Naturopathic Physicians Licensing Examinations)
2000-2004           NPLEX Examination Chair for Anatomy
  Wrote and edited submitted questions for the Anatomy portion of the NPLEX examinations for second year naturopathic students
2003-2004 NPLEX Board of Directors, Member as Anatomy Exam Chair
   
RESEARCH GRANTS AWARDED
1990-91    Cerebellar Control of Jaw Movements in Rabbits. Basic Science Research Grant.  
  OHSU School of Dentistry
1987-89   The Relationship of the Cranial Base Angle to Craniofacial Development and Morphology in the Guinea Pig.
  Basic Science Research Grant.  OHSU School of Dentistry.
1980-81   Studies of Neuronal Plasticity in Interpositus Neurons Produced by Microstimulation of Inferior Olive Nucleus. 
  Medical Research Foundation of Oregon.
   
PUBLICATIONS
2008 Colbert AP, Cleaver J, Brown KA, Harling N, Hwang Y, Schiffke HC, Brons J, Qin Y.         
  Magnets applied to acupuncture points as therapy - a literature review. Acupunct Med. 2008 Sep;26(3):160-70.
2007 Colbert AP, Yun JK, Edinger T, Brons J, Gregory WL. Skin impedance measurements for acupuncture research: development of a continuous recording system. J Altern Complem Med (Abs) 13(8):861
1993 Tong, G., Robertson, L.T. and Brons, J.F.  Climbing fiber representation of the renal afferent nerve in the vernal cortex of the cat cerebellum.  Brain Res. 601:65
1991 Tong, G., Robertson, L.T. and Brons, J.F.  Vagal and somatic representation by the climbing fiber system in lobule V of the cat cerebellum.  Brain Res. 552:58-66
1990 Brons, J.F., Robertson, L.T. and Tong, G.  Somatosensory climbing fiber responses in the caudal posterior vermis of the cat cerebellum.  Brain Res. 519:243-248
1988 Brons, J.F. and Gunberg, D.L.  Changes in craiofacial morphology following ablation of spheno-occipital synchondrosis in young guinea pigs.  Anat. Rec. 220:17A
1982 Brons, J.F., Woody, C.D. and Allon, N.  Changes in excitability to weak-intensity-extracellular stimulation of units in pericruiciate cortex in cats.  J. Neurophysiol. 47:377-388
1980 Brons, J.F. and Woody, C.D.  Long term changes in the excitability of cortical neurons after Pavlovian conditioning and extinction.  J. Neurophysiol. 44:605-615
1978 Buchhalter, J.R., Brons, J.F. and Woody, C.D.  Changes in cortical neuronal excitability after presentation of a compound auditory stimulus.  Brain Research 156:162-167
1975 Elul, R., Brons, J.F. and Kravitz, K.  Surface change modifications associated with proliferation and differentiation in neuroblastoma cultures.  Nature 258:616-617

Updated Nov. 27, 2012