2007 Winners Dr. Alastair Cunningham
    and Dr. Abram Hoffer

 

 

Dr. George Lewith (U.K.)

George Lewith is a qualified physician who has practiced and researched within Complementary and Alternative medicine (CAM) for the last 30 years and is a Professor of Health Research at the University of Southampton and a Visiting Professor at Westminster University in the United Kingdom.

His first degree at Trinity College Cambridge was in biochemistry, he then qualified in medicine in 1974 and obtained MRCP in 1977, MRCGP in 1980, PhD in 1992 and FRCP in 1997. He trained in acupuncture in China in 1978.

He now works as a physician practicing integrated medicine (acupuncture, homeopathy, nutritional medicine and conventional medicine) for 2 days a week and for the remaining 3 days is at the University of Southampton where he leads a CAM research group of international excellence within a very highly regarded department of primary medical care.

This research group currently comprises 4 postdoctoral fellows and 5 current PhD students. He has raised over £5 million in research funds in the last 10 years and has published over 100 peer reviewed articles since 2001 as well as making contributions (editing, writing and conceiving) to over 30 books.

The research group is focused on differentiating the specific from the non specific effects of CAM and developing models that will help to explain the patient perceived benefits of these interventions. Pain, arthritis and cancer are being utilized as illness models to investigate the effects of acupuncture, healing, homeopathy and herbal medicines.

Professor Lewith is past president of the International Society of Complementary Medicine Research and has acted as a consultant and/or committee member to many government agencies, funding bodies and charities in the UK and overseas. These include, but are not limited to the UK and Singapore Departments of Health, MRC, Wellcome Trust, WHO, NIH and FDA (US), Samuelli, Bosch Shiftung, and the Prince of Wales Trust for integrated Medicine.