Alan C. Logan N.D. obtained his doctorate from the accredited Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine, immediately choosing a research career path.
He is an independent researcher, industry-academic liaison and consulting science writer. His focus is on nutritional and environmental variables, particularly those operating within the frame of urbanization and biodiversity loss. In virtually all of his writing, Alan approaches a subject in the context of mental health.
His most highly-cited papers include:
Omega-3 fatty acids and major depression: a primer for the mental health professional. Lipids Health Dis. 2004 Nov 9;3:25.
Neurobehavioral aspects of omega-3 fatty acids: possible mechanisms and therapeutic value in major depression. Altern Med Rev. 2003 Nov;8(4):410-25.
Major depressive disorder: probiotics may be an adjuvant therapy. Med Hypotheses. 2005;64(3):533-8.
In 2002, long before the gut microbiota-brain-axis research would shift into high gear, Alan and his colleagues suggested that the positive influence of beneficial microbes in T-helper cell (TH1:TH2) balance might extend beyond allergies and into the realm of neuro-cognition. This original microbiota-to-brain concept was further expanded upon in a subsequent Medical Hypotheses paper directed at mental health. It has since been expanded upon by many.
For over a decade, Alan been invited to present research the in mind-body medicine courses offered by Harvard's School of Continuing Medical Education (Benson-Henry Institute courses). Various topics covered in the presentations have included - The Placebo and Dietary Supplements, Exploration of Food and Mood, Therapeutic Environments, and Vitamin G: The Medicinal Aspects of Green Space.
Along the way he has had the tremendous honor of meeting and engaging with remarkable scientists and physicians that are actively publishing research concerning the most pressing issues of our time. He does not reside on an island of alternative medicine.
Alan was part of the multi-disciplinary Natural Environments Initiative workshop at Harvard School of Public Health. The workshop publication can be found here
He is a co-author on the multi-disciplinary nutrition and mental health position statement (Sarris, et al) In Press at Lancet Psychiatry journal - for more on that see Ted Talk from Dr Julia Rucklidge here
He is on the Executive Committee of the International Society for Nutritional Psychiatry Research and the Scientific Board of the International Society of Nature and Forest Medicine.