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Complementary and alternative medicine research organisations


ACHRN – Alternative and Complementary Health Research Network

Established in 1996 by a group of academic social scientists and health researchers, located within multiple UK institutions, ACHRN aims to provide a forum for academic researchers, postgraduate students, alternative medicine practitioners, NHS and voluntary sector staff, and service users to present their research, and to stimulate debate and dialogue in the wider alternative medicine community. Meetings held quarterly in Manchester and London.

CAMRN – Complementary & Alternative Medicine Researcher Network

Established by the RCCM to bring together researchers in CAM and conventional medicine in order to promote collaboration and facilitate research of the highest quality. The CAMRN web pages provide information about research news and events, and allow researchers share details of the research they are involved in.

HAT – Homeopathy Action Trust

A fund-raising and fund-giving charity, seeking through its activities to bring together patients and potential users, homeopathic students and professional homeopaths. The aims of the trust include promotion of research into homeopathic medicine and publishing of results. Publishes ‘Picture of Health’ magazine.

HRI – Homeopathy Research Institute

A unique and innovative charity created to address the need for reliable scientific evidence in homeopathy. The HRI uses its resources and expertise to foster new research projects and to improve the quality of research being carried out in this field. HRI is currently the only charitable organisation dedicated solely to homeopathy research on an international level.

RCCM – Research Council for Complementary Medicine
A charitable trust founded in 1983 by a group of enthusiastic practitioners and researchers from both orthodox and complementary medicine. The RCCM aims to develop and extend the evidence base for complementary medicine in order to provide practitioners and their patients with information about the effectiveness of individual therapies and the treatment of specific conditions.


ENHR – European Network of Homeopathy Researchers

Established in 2004 with support from the ECCH. Consists of 55 individuals from 14 countries involved in or with a special interest in homeopathy research. Members include researchers, research advisors and representatives of the homeopathy profession as well as consumer/patient groups. The ENHR aims to contribute to improving homeopathy research for the benefit of patients and to contribute to carrying out international EU funded research projects within the area of homeopathy research.

ViFAB – Knowledge and Research Center for Alternative Medicine

An independent institution under the Danish Ministry of Health and Prevention which aims to promote knowledge of alternative therapies and research within this field. ViFAB encourages dialogue between health care staff, alternative practitioners and users.

WissHom - Wissenschaftlichen Gesellschaft für Homöopathie

Founded in November 2010, the Scientific Society for Homeopathy (WissHom) aims to promote research and education in the areas of homeopathic medicine, veterinary homeopathy, homeopathic pharmacology and homeopathic pharmacy. WissHom is located in the building of the European Library for Homeopathy, a few steps from Hahnemann’s house in Köthen.

US and Canada

CAHCIM – Consortium of Academic Health Centers for Integrative Medicine

Membership currently includes 42 highly esteemed academic medical centers. CAHCHIM aims to help transform medicine and healthcare through rigorous scientific studies, new models of clinical care, and innovative educational programs that integrate biomedicine, the complexity of human beings, the intrinsic nature of healing and the rich diversity of therapeutic systems.

IN-CAM – Canadian Interdisciplinary Network for Complementary & Alternative Medicine Research

IN-CAM’s aims to create a sustainable, well-connected, highly trained Complementary and Alternative Medicine research community in Canada that is internationally recognized and known for both its excellence in research and its contributions to understanding CAM and its use.

NCCAM – The National Centre for Complementary and Alternative Medicine

US Federal Government’s lead agency for scientific research on complementary and alternative medicine. NNCAM aims to explore CAM in the context of rigorous science, train CAM researchers and disseminate authoritative information to the public and professionals.



The Audesapere website is a portal developed under the Initiative to Promote Scientific Research in Homeopathy (IPRH).This initiative aims to promote the best practices in homeopathy research, to make such practices accessible to everyone, and to promote homeopathy as plausible science.

Aurum Project

The mission of the Aurum Project is to advance the understanding and practice of homeopathy in Australia by promoting and conducting research into the use of homeopathic medicines for childhood health and behavioural problems.

ICH – International Council for Homeopathy

Created at the end of 2007 to represent professional homeopaths and to promote homeopathic treatment for patients around the World. The Council currently has a membership of 30 professional associations in 28 countries. ICH aims to promote further appropriate research into homeopathy so that new knowledge will overcome the proclaimed basis of the sceptic attacks.

ISCMR – International Society for Complementary Medicine Research

International scientific organisation 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.
The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine is ISCMR’s official journal.
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General research organisations

CRD – Centre for Reviews & Dissemination

A department of the University of York and part of the National Institute for Health Research, the CDR undertakes high quality systematic reviews that evaluate the effects of health and social care interventions and the delivery and organisation of health care.

UK Cochrane Centre

One of twelve Cochrane Centres around the world which co-ordinate The Cochrane Collaboration – an international not-for-profit and independent organisation. The Collaboration produces and disseminates systematic reviews of healthcare interventions worldwide and promotes the search for evidence in the form of clinical trials and other studies of interventions. The major product of the Collaboration is the Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews published quarterly as part of The Cochrane Library.

King’s Fund

An independent charity founded in 1897 that seeks to understand, by undertaking original research, how the health system in England can be improved. Using that insight, we work with individuals and organisations to shape policy, transform services and bring about behaviour change.

National Primary Care Research and Development Centre

A multi-disciplinary,academically independent centre established by the Department of Health in 1995 to undertake a programme of policy related research in primary care. The centre is a collaboration between the universities of Manchester and York.

Nuffield Centre for International Health and Development

An academic unit at the University of Leeds providing a major international resource for education, research and technical assistance in health and development. The Nuffield Centre aims to develop the capacity of health systems in lower-income countries, particularly in the public sector.

NIHR – National Institute for Health Research

Commissions and funds NHS and social care research. The NIHR aims to develop the research evidence to support decision making by professionals, policy makers and patients, make this evidence available, and encourage its uptake and use. Their Portfolio Database contains details of ongoing and recently completed research projects funded by, or of interest to, the National Health Service. This database has replaced the National Research Register terminated in December 2007. The National Research Register Archive has been established as a public resource and to support historical analysis. and

Scientific and Medical Network

Founded in 1973, The Scientific and Medical Network is an interdisciplinary forum and educational charity exploring the interface of science, medicine and spirituality. It hosts conferences in the UK and Europe and has members in over 30 countries.

Homeopathy organisations

The following organisations offer multiple services within the homeopathic community, and are also sources of useful information about homeopathy research:

BHA – British Homeopathic Association

A charity founded in 1902 to promote homeopathy practised by doctors and other healthcare professionals. The BHA believes that homeopathy should be fully integrated into the healthcare system and available as a treatment choice for everyone. They provide authoritative information and support research and training in homeopathy.

ECCH – European Council for Classical Homeopathy

Established in 1990 the ECCH is an international council whose membership is made up of 26 established professional associations in 22 EU, EEA and CEE countries. The ECCH aims to encourage the highest standards of professional practice of Classical Homeopathy in homeopaths in order that they are best able to restore and improve the health of patients.