Hugh MacPherson works for the University of York as a senior research fellow in the Department of Health Sciences. He previously trained as a practitioner of acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine and subsequently founded the Northern College of Acupuncture, based in York, steering the College towards achieving university validation for the first acupuncture degree course in the UK.
As a result of his interest in research, he set up the Foundation for Research into Traditional Chinese Medicine and later joined the Department of Health Sciences, University of York, as a senior research fellow. He has been supported by a Career Scientist Award, a Programme Grant for Applied Research, both from UK’s National Institute for Health Research, and a grant from Arthritis Research UK.
His research includes conducting clinical trials and systematic reviews to evaluate the effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of acupuncture for a variety of conditions. He has also conducted neoroimagery studies designed to explore the potential mechanisms of acupuncture. He is the lead editor of the book, “Acupuncture research: strategies for building an evidence base” and, with Volker Scheid, a co-editor of, “The integration of East Asian medicine into contemporary healthcare”.
Hugh's interests are in research into complementary and alternative medicine, in particular evaluating effectiveness, cost-effectiveness, mechanisms and safety.
Hugh is keen to supervise PhDs in the following areas: Complementary medicine research, effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of acupuncture and other complementary therapies.
Current PhD students include: