Heather McLeod

Traditional, Complementary and Integrative Medicine

Organisations for Researchers

There are two international organisations for researchers engaged in complementary and integrative medicine.

The International Society for Complementary Medicine Research (ISCMR)

“The International Society for Complementary Medicine Research (ISCMR) is an international scientific organization of researchers, practitioners and policy makers that fosters Complementary and Integrative Medicine research and provides a platform for knowledge and information exchange to enhance international communication and collaboration.” “ISCMR has policy to collaborate and cooperate with other organizations for the mutual benefits.”

Network of Researchers in the Public Health of Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NORPHCAM)

“NORPHCAM is the first international collaborative network dedicated to promoting and advancing the public health and health services research of traditional, complementary and alternative medicine and integrative health care. … NORPHCAM is guided by a number of key objectives:

  • To promote excellence in public health and health services research focusing upon CAM use, CAM practice and workforce, CAM-conventional health care integration, economics of CAM, CAM policy and regulation
  • To lead and advance the empirical investigation of CAM drawing upon health social science, epidemiology, biostatistics, health economics, health geography and related disciplines
  • To help widen the CAM research gaze and supplement clinical research in the area of CAM
  • To promote and foster closer ties between CAM researchers and practitioners to ensure scholarship includes practitioner input where relevant and is reflective of practice-realities and needs
  • To develop research capacity in CAM research (including promoting research skills amongst practitioners).”
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