Heather McLeod


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Research Organisations: Europe

Project ‘CAMbrella’ to Build European Research Network for CAM


The project aims "to evaluate the conditions surrounding CAM use and provision in Europe and to develop a roadmap for European CAM research. Specific objectives are to establish an EU network involving centres of research excellence for collaborative projects, to develop consensus‐ based terminology to describe CAM interventions, to create a knowledge base that facilitates the understanding of patient demand for CAM and its prevalence, to review the current legal status and policies governing CAM provision, and to explore the needs and attitudes of EU citizens with respect to CAM."






Research institutions participating in CAMbrella:


  • Competence Centre for Complementary Medicine and Naturopathy (KoKoNat), Klinikum rechts der Isar, Technische Universität, Munich, Germany

  • Complementary and Integrated Medicine Research Unit (CIMru), University of Southampton, UK



  • Research Unit for Integrative Healthcare Research, Karolinska Institute, Stockholm, Sweden



  • National Research Center on Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NAFKAM), University of Tromsø, Norway




  • Institute of Public Health, Research Unit Health, Man and Society, University of Southern Denmark, Odense, Denmark

  • International Academy for Holistic Medicine, Vienna, Austria

  • Institute of Complementary Medicine (KIKOM), University of Berne, Switzerland. KIKOM is an institution that combines conventional medicine and complementary medicine in patient care, research and teaching. The fields of research include basic research, epidemiology, diagnosis related studies, randomized controlled trials and medicinal product surveillance.



  • Bavarian Research Alliance, Munich, Germany.

  • Institute for Social Medicine, Epidemiology and Health Economics, Charité – University Medical Center, Berlin, Germany.




  • Comitato Permanente di Consenso e Coordinamento per le Medicine Non-Convenzionali in Italia (ComCAM), Italy

  • Université Paris 13 (SMBH), France

  • Servicio Andaluz de Salud (SAS), Spain

  • Agenzia sanitaria e sociale regionale – Regione Emilia-Romagna (ASSR), Italy

  • Pécsi Tudományegyetem, University of Pecs (PTE), Hungary

  • Universitatea de Medicina si Farmacie Victor Babes Timisoara (UMFT), Romania.


The composition of the CAMbrella Advisory Board gives names of other organisations:


  • Association of Natural Medicine in Europe (ANME)

  • European Central Council of Homeopaths (ECCH)

  • European Coalition on Homeopathic and Anthroposophic Medicinal Products (ECHAMP)

  • European Committee for Homeopathy (ECH)

  • European council of doctors for plurality in medicine (ECPM)

  • European Forum for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (EFCAM)

  • European Herbal and Traditional Medicine Practitioners’ Association (EHTPA)

  • European Information Centre for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (EICCAM)

  • European Public Health Association (EPHA)

  • International Council of Medical Acupuncture and Related Techniques (ICMART)

  • International Federation of Anthroposophic Medical Associations (IVAA)

  • Kneipp‐Bund eV (KB)


See also the "Links" page under CAMbrella:




Good Practice in Traditional Chinese Medicine Research in the Post-genomic Era



GP‐TCM is a European Coordination Action funded under the 7th framework programme. “The overall aim of the project is to inform best practice and harmonise research of the safety and efficacy of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) in EU Member States using a functional genomics approach through exchange of opinions, experience and expertise among scientists in EU Member States and China. This Coordination Action has grouped together a network of institutions and experts: more than 150 scientists, clinicians and TCM practitioners from 13 EU Member States, and 6 Non‐EU countries including 5 leading Chinese TCM institutions. The consortium has 29 funded partner organisations and 71 unfunded collaborating partner organisations.”





European Information Centre for Complementary & Alternative Medicine (EICCAM)


“The most commonly used CAM therapies in Europe are: homeopathy, phytotherapy (=herbal medicine), anthroposophic medicine, naturopathy, traditional Chinese medicine (including acupuncture), osteopathy and chiropractic.” EICCAM “has been created with the aim of providing and disseminating understandable, objective and high-quality information on the safety, effectiveness and efficiency of Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM).”

EICCAM Research Facts “are intended to illustrate the type and quality of research that has been conducted into the effects and costs of specific complementary therapies on important health conditions or on an aspect of interest such as mechanism of action of a therapy.”






CAMDOC Alliance


 “The European Committee for Homeopathy (ECH), the European Council of Doctors for Plurality in Medicine (ECPM), the International Council of Medical Acupuncture and Related Techniques (ICMART) and the International Federation of Anthroposophic Medical Associations (IVAA), constitute the CAMDOC Alliance representing 132 European associations of medical doctors practising Complementary Medicine. “The mission of CAMDOC is to develop and facilitate the integration of the well-established and respectable CAM-methods into European Health Policies with the aim to provide the European citizens with the added value to medicine that CAM can provide.” There is a list of the CAM medical associations affiliated with the partner organisations.







European Association for Predictive, Preventive & Personalised Medicine (EPMA)


“The major premise of the improved strategies is that initially, chronic pathologies are generally triggered at the molecular level followed by pathology‐specific molecular events predisposing the potentially affected organs to certain pathologies long before organ damage and symptomatic manifestation of the disease. Predictive medicine advocates the application of innovative biotechnologies to predict human pathologies, devise appropriate and timely preventive strategies and individualized treatment planning.”

Jounal article on CAMbrella CAMbrella NAFKAM KIKOM CHAMP Flag of the European Union

Health system information from the European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies

HiT List HiT Summaries List CIMru EICCAM Research Facts CAMDOC CAMbrella Links Karolinska Integrative Care EPMA EICCAM GP-TCM CAMDOC Members

Traditional, Complementary and Integrative Medicine