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NIIM strives to bring together research, education and clinical practice of integrative medicine to further its use and understanding in the general and medical community. Here at NIIM we conduct research to test the effectiveness and safety of complementary and alternative therapies, and expand the evidence base of nutritional medicines and complementary treatments for the prevention and treatment of disease. Our research projects encompass cancer, heart health, cognitive function, osteopathy, women’s health and other areas.This is required to:
- Build the evidence base for the use of complementary therapies independently and alongside conventional medicine
- Monitor tolerability and safety of complementary therapies
- Build awareness and recognition of effective complementary therapies in the general public, scientific community and government and funding bodies
Integrative approaches to health including complementary and alternative therapies can optimise general well-being and prevent disease, which has a major beneficial impact on public health. Integrative therapies may also provide a source for effective treatment of chronic diseases and complement current conventional therapies.
NIIM facilitates primarily clinical research, and with its strong links to academic institutions has access to laboratory and basic research. Quality research draws on its expert knowledge and suitable resources, and involves the development of study protocols, supervision of research staff and students, project management, interpretation and analysis of results, dissemination through peer-reviewed journal articles, and media releases, and assistance with reporting and regulatory submissions in relation to the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA).
NIIM has initiated and been involved in several research programs, and aims to become a major provider of research as well as offering grants to undertake research in the longer term.
Research programs at NIIM in 2012/2013:
NIIM is currently undertaking the following research programs:
Nutritional medicine and Heart Health
The National Institute of Integrative Medicine is conducting research trials into Hyperthermia, an adjuvant cancer treatment, for more information visit the Hyperthermia Research Page
Nutritional Medicine and Heart Health
Nutritional Medicine is a focus of NIIM's research, NIIM has undertaken research on the topics of 'The effect of cocoa or chocolate on blood pressure', 'The effect of garlic on blood pressure and cholesterol' and more.
For more details visit the Nutritional Medicine and Heart Health Page
The National Institute of Integrative Medicine has conducted a study examining the effects of an external prosthesis on the reduction of load and discomfort/pain through the chest of participants with augmented breasts. Learn more about the Breast Prosthesis study
Women’s HealthMenstrual Health
Currently the National Institute of Integrative medicine is conducting a study into Menstrual Health, to become a part of study or for more information visit the Menstrual Health pageThe effect of Traditional Chinese Medicine on the management of female infertility
Quality of life, coping strategies and support needs of women seeking Traditional Chinese Medicine for infertility and viable pregnancy in Australia: a mixed methods approach
Ried K, Ann Alfred
BMC Women's Health 2013, 13:17
Infertility: Genetic Factors, Treatment Risks and Benefits, Social and Psychological Consequences
Chapter 1: 'Infertility: The Traditional Chinese Medicine Approach to Fertility Management, Menstrual Health, Fertility Awareness and Emotional Well-Being',
Ried K, Nova Science Publishers Inc. 2013, New York
Efficacy of Traditional Chinese Herbal Medicine in the management of female infertility: A systematic review
Ried K, Keren Stuart
Complement Ther Med. 2011 Dec;19(6):319-31. Epub 2011 Oct 5. Review.
Traditional Chinese Medicine: Women’s experiences in the treatment of infertility
Ried K, Ann Alfred
Aust Fam Physician 2011 Sep;40(9):718-22.
Brain HealthMultivitamins and cognitive function
NIIM is collaborating with Swinburne University on several trials on the effect of multivitamins on cognitive function and mood
Participant experiences from chronic administration of a multivitamin versus placebo on subjective health and wellbeing: a double-blind qualitative analysis of a randomised controlled trial.
Sarris J, Cox KH, Camfield DA, Scholey A, Stough C, Fogg E, Kras M, White DJ, Sali A, Pipingas A.
Nutr J. 2012 Dec 14;11:110.
Effects of a multivitamin, mineral and herbal supplement on cognition and blood biomarkers in older men: a randomised, placebo-controlled trial.
Harris E, Macpherson H, Vitetta L, Kirk J, Sali A, Pipingas A.
Hum Psychopharmacol. 2012 Jul;27(4):370-7. Epub 2012 Jun 18.
The effect of multivitamin supplementation on mood and stress in healthy older men.
Harris E, Kirk J, Rowsell R, Vitetta L, Sali A, Scholey AB, Pipingas A.
Hum Psychopharmacol. 2011 Dec;26(8):560-7. Epub 2011 Nov 16.
Memory improvements in elderly women following 16 weeks treatment with a combined multivitamin, mineral and herbal supplement: A randomized controlled trial.
Macpherson H, Ellis KA, Sali AM, Pipingas A.
Psychopharmacology (Berl). 2012 Mar;220(2):351-65. Epub 2011 Oct 18.
Efficacy and tolerability of calcium, vitamin D and a plant-based omega-3 oil for osteopenia: a pilot RCT.
Vanlint SJ, Ried K.
Maturitas. 2012 Jan;71(1):44-8. Epub 2011 Nov