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Dear Editor

I read with interest the latest edition of Aust J Med Herbalism 20(1). I felt compelled to draw your attention to an oversight in the article on research by Kavanagh and Sarris.

University is an excellent opportunity for those inclined to undertake research. It provides some structure, guidance and motivation when needed but also provides multiple mechanisms for gratification not the least of which is a formal qualification. The authors provided a very brief list of Universities in Australia having complementary medicine (CM) research groups, suggesting that some advantage would be gained by selecting one of the nominated universities.

An omission from this list is Charles Sturt University (CSU). While CSU phased out its specific CM Research Group several years ago, this was not because of lack of research activity or expertise. It simply represents a more integrated approach to CM research and implementation; perhaps more closely aligned with the integrative medicine approach. Indeed CSU has a wealth of research expertise in CM channelling efforts through the Cardiovascular Research Group, Oncology Research and Development Group, Centre for Inland Health and even at the agricultural origin through CSU's Agricultural Schools and Research Centres.

CSU has a resident herbalist who is also the course coordinator for the Professional Doctorate. The University continues to undertake CM and herbal based research (including student supervision) in cardiovascular disease, preventative medicine, rural health issues, cognition and oncology; with close collaborative links with a number of orthodox medical practices (eg. radiotherapy departments). This includes research partnerships with CM researchers at other Australian and international universities.

I would hope that the absence of a specific CM Research Group would not conceal from the view of practitioners or other academics the real capability of CSU, or any other University, in CM and herbal research and supervision.

Dr Geoff Currie

Faculty of Science

Charles Sturt University

Locked Bag 588, Wagga Wagga 2678


Editor: This letter does raise relevant points about research into herbs and CM generally. While the authors may have believed that they provided a complete list of CAM dedicated university research centres, there are likely be many other institutions offering research opportunities in this field. We welcome feedback.
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Author:Currie, Geoff
Publication:Australian Journal of Medical Herbalism
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Date:Jun 22, 2008
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