Ian Appleyard

Ian Appleyard

London South Bank University

Warm needle acupuncture for osteoarthritis of the knee: a pilot study

 
Ian is the Course Director of the BSc and Integrated Masters Chinese medicine acupuncture courses. Ian graduated with a BSc in Acupuncture from Westminster University in London in 1998 and then worked as an acupuncturist, in private practice in Brighton. In 2003 he went to China to learn the language and learn more about acupuncture. During this time Ian studied at the Shu Guan Hospital and the Meridian Research Institute, which are both in Shanghai. In addition he completed a year of postgraduate clinical training at the Jiangsu Provincial Hospital of Traditional Chinese Medicine in Nanjing (which is recognised by the World Health Organisation as a training institute for Chinese Medicine). He has advanced level spoken Mandarin Chinese. Previously he had also studied with a private practitioner in Japan in 1996. Ian is in the final stages of a PhD. He has a particular interest in understanding the challenges of acupuncture research, and has been exploring ways of overcoming the problems that derive from the diverse nature of Chinese medicine. His recent publication deals with the complexity of sham acupuncture procedures.
 
 
Florian Beissner

Florian Beissner

Hannover Medical School

A TCM-based psychotherapy with acupuncture for endometriosis

 
Florian Beissner is a neuroscientist who currently holds the Endowed Professorship for Somatosensory and Autonomic Therapy Research at Hannover Medical School. After graduating in physics, he changed into the neurosciences in 2006, when starting his PhD work on functional MRI of the autonomic nervous system. After post-graduate studies in Chinese Medicine at the University of Porto he held post-doc positions at the University of Jena, Germany and Harvard University in Cambridge, USA. His present research is focused on the underlying mechanisms of somatosensory therapies such as acupuncture. He also likes to rediscover forgotten knowledge in the older medical literature.
 
 
Robert Davis

Robert Davis

Society for Acupuncture Research, USA

Getting acupuncture accepted in Vermont’s Medicaid programme: an evaluation for chronic pain

 
Robert has delivered over 35,000 acupuncture treatments over the past 18 years as a Licensed Acupuncturist. He is currently the Co-President of the Society for Acupuncture Research. He has served as the Principle Investigator of six US National Institutes of Health acupuncture research grants. He was also the Principle Investigator of the state funded “Acupuncture for Chronic Pain in the Vermont Medicaid Population” grant that you’ll be hearing about today.
 
 
Edward Fraser

Edward Fraser

Healthwatch Norfolk

Stand Easy: An evaluation of the acceptability and effectiveness of acupuncture as a treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder for veterans in Norfolk

 
Ed Fraser is a researcher for Healthwatch Norfolk, which is the independent and statutory representative for people using health and care services in Norfolk. A member of The Health Foundation’s “Q Community” for leaders in health and care improvement, Ed specialises in public involvement in research and is particularly interested in translating evidence into tangible improvements in services for patients and families. Since October 2014, Ed has been researching the health and wellbeing needs of veterans from the British Armed Forces. His two-year qualitative study into veterans’ experiences of NHS mental health services in Norfolk and Suffolk was published in the Journal of Public Mental Health (Volume 16; Issue 1) and he is currently co-authoring a chapter on military psychology for a landmark Palgrave book about masculine psychology (upcoming, 2018). Over the last three years, veterans and families have helped Ed to deliver 23 service improvements. His work has received three national awards, including an NHS England “Celebrating Participation in Healthcare” grant in 2016. More generally, Ed is a passionate advocate for people living with mental health conditions and he promotes the parity of esteem agenda through his active membership on a number of mental health networks across the country.
 
 
Lee Hullender Rubin

Lee Hullender Rubin

Portland, Oregon
  1. Acupuncture and TCM with IVF
  2. Acupuncture augmentation of lidocaine therapy for vulvodynia
 
Lee Hullender Rubin is a Doctor of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, clinical researcher and international academic lecturer. She is a licensed acupuncturist and herbalist specializing in fertility, vulvovaginal diseases, and women’s health. Dr. Hullender Rubin graduated with her master’s degree from Bastyr University (2001), her doctorate (2009) and post-doctoral research fellowship (2012) from the Oregon College of Oriental Medicine (OCOM), and post-doctoral clinical research certificate program from the Oregon Health and Science University (2013). With a special interest in fertility and in vitro fertilization (IVF), she managed an acupuncture program for more than five years at an IVF clinic in Kirkland, Wash. She is a clinical researcher and has published several research papers looking at acupuncture and Chinese medicine’s impact on IVF birth outcomes. Recognizing pain during intercourse is a common barrier to fertility, she completed a pilot study looking at acupuncture augmentation of lidocaine as a treatment for vulvodynia, a female sexual pain syndrome. Dr. Hullender Rubin is Adjunct Faculty in the doctoral programs at OCOM, Bastyr University, American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine, and the New Zealand School of Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine. She is also Visiting Research Faculty at Oregon Health and Science University. Dr. Hullender Rubin maintains a private practice at the Portland Acupuncture Studio within a conventional gynaecology practice and continues her collaborative IVF work as an acupuncture associate at Oregon Reproductive Medicine. In 2017, she was honoured with the “Pioneer in the Advancement of Integrative Fertility Care Award,” and was named Top Doctor in Acupuncture by her peers. She has been interviewed on KING-TV, CBC Radio, CBS Radio Grow Cook Heal Podcast, Yin Yang Podcast, and featured in Portland Monthly, Seattle Metropolitan, and Vancouver, BC’s Georgia Straight.
 
 
Hugh MacPherson

Hugh MacPherson

Professor, Department of Health Sciences, University of York

Celebrating twenty years of acupuncture research

 
Hugh is Professor of Acupuncture Research at the University of York. He founded the Northern College of Acupuncture, where he continues to be involved as Chair of Trustees. He was awarded a post-doctoral fellowship by the Department of Health in 2003, which was based at the Department of Health Sciences, University of York. His research into acupuncture has included safety studies, clinical trials and systematic reviews. His trials have evaluated the effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of acupuncture for a variety of conditions, including low back pain, irritable bowel syndrome, depression and chronic neck pain. He has also conducted neuroimaging studies exploring potential mechanisms of acupuncture.
 
 
Beverley de Valois

Beverley de Valois

Mount Vernon Cancer Centre

Using moxa on St 36 zusanli to reduce chemotherapy-induced pancytopenia: a feasibility study

 
Since 2000, Beverley has worked in the role of Research Acupuncturist at the Lynda Jackson Macmillan Centre, Mount Vernon Cancer Centre in Northwood IK. She has conducted exploratory research into several areas of cancer survivorship; her PhD thesis investigated using acupuncture to manage tamoxifen-related hot flushes in women with early breast cancer and she has conducted pioneering research into using acupuncture in the management of cancer and non-cancer related lymphoedema. She is currently investigating the use of self-administered moxibustion to improve outcomes of chemotherapy patients, funded by the British Acupuncture Council. A licensed acupuncturist since 1999, she practises privately at her clinic, the Women’s Clinic @ Uxbridge. She is a Fellow of the British Acupuncture Council, an Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Bristol, and Chair of the British Lymphology Society (BLS) Scientific Committee.