Head of BAcC Research Committee Appointed as UK's Second Professor of Complementary Medicine

Dr Nicky Robinson, chair of the British Acupuncture Council's (BAcC) Research Committee, has been appointed to the new post of Professor of Complementary Medicine, at Thames Valley University (TVU), with immediate effect. Through her appointment to the newly created position, Dr Robinson becomes only the second Professor of Complementary Medicine in the UK.

Professor Robinson, a practising acupuncturist who has a PhD in Immunology, has most recently held the position of director of the Centre of Complementary Healthcare and Integrated Medicine (CCHIM) at TVU.

With a keen interest in complementary therapies and their assimilation into mainstream health care, Professor Robinson has been involved in a wide range of initiatives within the acupuncture profession, including working extensively to develop a peer review framework and encourage practitioners to conduct further research into acupuncture, heading a special interest group for CAM in Brent, West London for Brent PCT. Professor Robinson has also evaluated CAM provision within the NHS in HIV+/AIDS services.

Professor Robinson comments: "It's a real honour to take up this new post and I very much look forward to the opportunity it will provide to work to extend the use of complementary therapies, such as acupuncture, within conventional medicine and healthcare."

Mike O'Farrell, Chief Executive of the BAcC comments: "The current debate regarding the regulation of acupuncture and herbal medicine makes this a very timely appointment. This new post emphasises that complementary therapies are playing a more important role than ever. This professorship provides an influential position to widen the research conducted into CAM and so ensure that patient safety comes first. "

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