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Obituary: Professor Hugh MacPherson

Posted on 24 August 2020

The Department is sad to report the death of Professor Hugh MacPherson.

Professor Hugh MacPherson was an Emeritus Professor in the Department, following his retirement in 2016.

He joined the Department in 2003 and established one of the first UK research groupings, dedicated to exploring the effectiveness of acupuncture. The group was highly successful and influential. In recognition of this, Hugh became one of the first professors of Acupuncture Research in the UK.  

Those of us who knew Hugh, understood his great passion for acupuncture, but also his commitment to evidence based practice. His pioneering work, for example, has ensured that acupuncture is used to treat various forms of musculoskeletal pain in the NHS.  

Hugh leaves a great legacy and will be missed by his many friends in Health Sciences.

Our thoughts are with his wife, Sara and his children Angus and Shona.