The first international leadership program aimed at growing critical scientific research in complementary and integrative medicine has been founded at UTS.
Twelve fellows, representing some of the best and brightest rising stars on the international complementary medicine research scene, have been appointed under the program and will arrive in Sydney early next week for its official launch on 1 October.
The program is an initiative of UTS's Australian Research Centre in Complementary and Integrative Medicine (ARCCIM), one of the world-leading research intensive centres in the field.
ARCCIM Director Professor Jon Adams said that while research activity focused on complementary medicine has grown in recent years, little appeared to be on offer to help coordinate or encourage international collaboration amongst early-career researchers.
"As a leading group of senior researchers with more than 20 years of research experience, our ARCCIM team became increasingly aware of the need to provide leadership and help facilitate capacity building in the field," Professor Adams said.
"We were thrilled to receive more than 55 full applications to join our world-first program. All successful fellows have been appointed due to their impressive track records and strong methodological grounding across a number of disciplines including health services research, public health, epidemiology and clinical science.
"As an international multidisciplinary cohort they are best positioned to be the next generation of leaders in this essential area of research."
The appointed ARCCIM Leadership Fellows include Dr Felicity Bishop (University of Southampton, UK), Dr Brenda Leung (University of Lethbridge, Canada), Dr Holger Cramer (University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany), Dr Romy Lauche (University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany), Dr Lesley Ward (University of Otago, New Zealand), Dr Yan Zhang (Texas Tech University, US), Dr Caragh Brosnan (University of Newcastle, Australia), Dr Matthew Leach (University of South Australia), Dr Helen Hall (Monash University, Australia), Dr Vincent Chung (Chinese University of Hong Kong) and Dr Tobias Sundberg (Karolinska Institute, Sweden).
The cohort will have its first annual residential at UTS during early October and will be provided ongoing support and career development throughout the initial three-year program with the support of sponsors including the Australian Association of Massage Therapists, the Australian Chinese Medical Association and Australian Self-Medication Industry.