Felicity Bishop

Felicity Bishop

Associate Professor Director MSc Health Psychology University of Southampton

Exploring non-specific effects in acupuncture for low back pain

 
Felicity Bishop is a health psychologist whose research focuses on two themes: the psychology of complementary and alternative medicines, and the application of placebo effects in clinical practice and research. After studying experimental psychology at Oxford University she completed a Master's and PhD in health psychology at Southampton University where she is now an Associate Professor. Felicity has previously worked as a visiting researcher at Harvard and is currently a visiting fellow at the Australian Research Centre in Complementary and Integrative Medicine, University of Technology Sydney.
 
 
Ooi Thye Chong

Ooi Thye Chong

Lecturer in Integrative Medicine, University of Edinburgh

The meridian balance method electro-acupuncture treatment and chronic pelvic pain in women: a mixed methods research pilot study

 
Ooi Thye Chong recently left the New York Cancer Institute, New York City for the University of Edinburgh as a lecturer in integrative medicine. She is passionate about enhancing the patients' sense of wellbeing and in making a significant difference in their experience of their illness, through a mix of acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine and teaching patients self-care skills. She has made several trips to China to deepen and broaden her knowledge of classical Chinese medicine. While in New York she created, managed and directed several successful integrative medicine programs. Ooi Thye is a Registered Nurse and holds National Board Certification as a Licensed Acupuncturist and a Chinese Medicine Herbalist. She earned a Bachelor's degree in Social Psychology from Sussex University, a Master's degree in Public Health from Columbia University, New York, and a Master’s degree in Chinese Medicine. Ooi Thye is in the final year of her PhD. Her thesis examines the impact of the meridian balanced method acupuncture style on chronic pelvic pain in women
 
 
Vivienne Dascanio

Vivienne Dascanio

Member (and ex-chair) of Acupuncture Association of Chartered Physiotherapists

Acupuncture or Manual therapy for Low Back Pain? – with consideration to the design of RCTs for studies of acupuncture

 
Vivienne Dascanio is currently engaged in doctoral studies at the University of York, investigating a novel trial design for the study of acupuncture and manual therapy for low back pain. She hopes to submit her thesis this year. Vivienne qualified as a physiotherapist from Coventry University, UK in 1998. As a chartered physiotherapist she has over 18 years of clinical experience in both the NHS and private practice. In 2002 she specialised in musculoskeletal and sports injury conditions and founded her private practice in Peterborough. She has employed and mentored many physiotherapy and other practitioners. Vivienne held the position of Chair at the Acupuncture Association of Chartered Physiotherapists (AACP) with over 6400 members from 2011 to 2015. She has also been a company director and a committee member on their Education, Training and Research Committee. She was one of the lead authors of the AACP’s ‘Research and Commissioning Resource’ recently republished in 2015 and is committed to supporting practitioners in the provision of evidence-based acupuncture as part of their practice. Vivienne has published in several research journals and has presented her PhD work both nationally and internationally. She has also been an advocate of acupuncture, presenting at the Houses of Parliament, at national conferences and internationally to support the use of acupuncture within mainstream healthcare practice
 
 
Karin Gillerman

Karin Gillerman

British Acupuncture Council member

The effect of acupuncture on IVF successes rates and live birth rates

 
Karin Gillerman completed a 4-year TCM degree in 1998, followed by internships in Israel and the US, specialising particularly in acupuncture for women’s reproductive health at the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine. In Israel she was a regular contributor on complementary medicine topics in the media. She has practised acupuncture in London since 2000, in NHS and private integrated practices. Over the past two years she has led a randomised controlled trial of acupuncture at the Homerton University Hospital: "The impact of acupuncture on the success rates of IVF and live birth rates"
 
 
Myeong Soo Lee

Myeong Soo Lee

Professor of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and Integrated Health, School of Health and Social Care, London South Bank University
 
Myeong Soo Lee is a principal researcher of the Korea Institute of Oriental Medicine (KIOM), Daejeon, South Korea. Dr. Lee received his BSc and MSc in Physics from Pusan National University, Korea in 1992. He worked as a researcher at the Department of Microbiology and Immunology, in Wonkwang University, Korea for 10 years and gained his PhD in 2004 from their Professional Graduate School of Oriental Medicine,. He studied evidence based complementary medicine at the Peninsula Medical School, Exeter, for 3 years as visiting researcher. He is adjunct professor of London South Bank University, UK and Tianjin University of Traditional Chinese Medicine. He is a board member of the International Society of Complementary Medicine Research and the Cochrane Collaboration Complementary and Alternative Medicine Field, and has a leading role in international groups studying pattern identification and developing clinical practice guidelines for traditional medicine. He is an editorial board member for traditional medicine and other professional journals and Associate Editor of the European Journal of Integrative Medicine. He has published over 400 articles in journals and books. He is currently working on systematic reviews and designing clinical trials assessing the efficacy of several types of complementary therapies for various health conditions. His team in KIOM has focused on three research projects including developing diagnostic methods for blood stasis in Korean Medicine, clinical practice guidelines in Korean Medicine, and clinical efficacy of Korean Medicine for IVF.
 
 
Hugh MacPherson

Hugh MacPherson

Professor, Department of Health Sciences, University of York

Update on acupuncture for chronic pain: a new analysis of clinical effects and long-term outcome trajectories.

 
Hugh MacPherson trained as a practitioner of acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine in the early 1980’s and continues to practice acupuncture in York. He subsequently founded the Northern College of Acupuncture, and steered the College towards achieving university validation for the first acupuncture degree course in the UK. As a result of his interest in research, he set up the Foundation for Research into Traditional Chinese Medicine and subsequently joined the Department of Health Sciences, University of York, as a Senior Research Fellow. Now he is Professor of Acupuncture there. His research includes conducting clinical trials and systematic reviews to evaluate the effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of acupuncture for a variety of conditions, as well as neuroimaging studies to explore potential mechanisms of acupuncture. Hugh is currently working on a project with the World Health Organisation, which involves writing their strategy for research into traditional medicines. He is the lead editor of the book, “Acupuncture research: strategies for building an evidence base” and, with Volker Scheid, a co-editor of, “The integration of East Asian medicine into contemporary healthcare”, both published by Elsevier.
 
 
Volker Scheid

Volker Scheid

Professor of East Asian Medicine, University of Westminster

Styles of practice in East Asian Medicine: importance for practice and research

 
Volker Scheid is Professor of East Asian Medicines and Director of EASTmedicine, an interdisciplinary research centre for the study of East Asian medicines, at the University of Westminster. Volker's research focuses on how we can better understand and deploy the resources available to us in the various East Asian medical traditions. He has published two important monographs - Chinese Medicine in Contemporary China: Plurality and Synthesis and Currents of Tradition in Chinese Medicine 1626-2006 - as well as numerous articles in academic journals. He is a lead author of Chinese Medicine: Formulas and Strategies, and has recently edited a volume with Hugh MacPherson entitled Integrating Chinese Medicine into Contemporary Health Care. Volker has practised Chinese medicine since 1984 and maintains a busy practice in London.