Foundation for Research into Traditional Chinese Medicine

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The Foundation is a small yet dynamic organisation committed to promoting high quality research into our understanding of acupuncture as well as evaluating acupuncture’s clinical effectiveness, cost effectiveness and safety. Established by the Northern College of Acupuncture in 1991, the Foundation provides an organisational base for carrying out and promoting research into traditional acupuncture.

People (September 2013)

Accessed May 2014: [1]


  • Rt. Hon. Lord Colwyn CBE, BDS, LDS, RCS is President of the Parliamentary Group for Alternative and Complementary Medicine and President of the Natural Medicines Society

Board Of Trustees

  • Richard Blackwell is Principal of the Northern College of Acupuncture, also based in York. He has worked for the Foundation for Research into Traditional Chinese Medicine as its first Research Director 1992 to 1993 and since then has been a consultant and advisor.
  • Jennifer Dale is an acupuncturist with the British Acupuncture Council and a member of the Management Committee of the Acupuncture Research Resources Centre.
  • Mike Fitter (Chair of the Trustees) was Research Director of the Foundation from 1993 to 1997 and Research Director for the MSc in Acupuncture at the Northern College of Acupuncture from 1997 to 2002. He is a Chartered Psychologist and worked for the Medical Research Council for 19 years. He currently works as an organisational consultant for the NHS and other organisations in Sheffield.
  • Mark Tempest is a solicitor based in York with a speciality in medical litigation.
  • Sonia Williams MBE is Emeritus Professor at the University of Leeds with a professional background that includes dentistry and nutrition. She also works as a consultant supporting the research agenda of the Northern College of Acupuncture.


  • Sato Liu is Projects Manager for the League of Friends of the Royal London Homoeopathic Hospital . For many years she was Executive Director of the Natural Medicines Society - the largest consumer group that represented users of complementary medicine in the UK. She chaired the Trustees of the Foundation for Research into Traditional Chinese Medicine for five years from 1997 to 2002.
  • Kate Thomas is Professor of Complementary Medicine Research based at the School of Healthcare, University of Leeds. She has been a key collaborator with the Foundation on the Adverse Events Projects as well as the Low Back Pain Project.

Scientific Advisors

  • Stephen Birch is a practising acupuncturist based in Amsterdam where he heads the Stichting (Foundation) for Traditional East Asian Medicine, an independent institute with a focus on acupuncture research.
  • Roy Carr Hill is based at the Centre for Health Economics, University of York, and is also an expert advisor to the UK Clearing House on Health Outcomes at Leeds.
  • Peter Davies (CAM) is Head of the School of Integrated Health, University of Westminster and a Trustee of the Research Council for Complementary Medicine.
  • Kim Jobst is a Consultant Physician at the Nuffield Hospital Hereford, Visiting Professor of Complementary Medicine at Oxford Brookes University, and editor of the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine.
  • Julian Kenyon is Medical Director of the Dove Clinic for Integrated Medicine, near Winchester, Hampshire, as well as Founder/President of the British Society for Integrated Medicine.
  • David Reilly is a clinician and researcher who is Lead Consultant at the Glasgow Homeopathic Hospital and consultant to Harvard Medical School.

Research Director

  • Hugh MacPherson is Research Director of the Foundation for Research into Traditional Chinese Medicine, and Senior Research Fellow at the Department of Health Sciences, University of York. For his home page see E-mail hugh(at)



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  1. Foundation for Research into Traditional Chinese Medicine whos who, organizational web page, accessed May 11, 2014.