CAM Networks

CAM Research Networks

The RCCM's CAMRN network is one of several networks working towards developing the evidence base for Complementary & Alternative Medicine. Others include -

  • The Canadian IN-CAM Research Network  promote the use of valid, reliable, relevant and appropriate outcome measures in CAM research and practice have developed a database of outcome measures of particular importance to CAM and Integrative Health Care (IHC) effectiveness and efficacy research. The aim is to facilitate and support the assessment of CAM interventions through high quality research, with the objective of improving clinical practice and informing policy. See -

  • Complementary and Integrated Research Unit (University of Southampton) - The Complementary and Integrated Medicine Research Unit is within the School of Medicine at the University of Southampton. Part of the Primary Medical Care group which in October 2009 was selected to join The School for Primary Care Research which is a partnership between the Universities of Birmingham, Bristol, Keele, Manchester, Nottingham, Oxford, Southampton and UCL and is part of the National Institute for Health Research.

  • The Pediatric Complementary and Alternative Medicine Research and Education (PedCAM) Network is a Canadian network that aims at disseminating a wide range of CAM information and building collaborative relationships between researchers, educators, clinicians, and policy-makers, both nationally and internationally. PedCAM is an academic, non-commercial organization, housed within the Complementary and Alternative Research and Education program, Department of Pediatrics, University of Alberta (  See -

  • Freshwinds in Birmingham, UK  is a charity delivering a wide range of services including the provision of integrated complementary therapy, advocacy, employment advice, debt and welfare benefits advice, community based initiatives in HIV, substance misuse and crime since 1992. The Integrated Medicine team are involved in research activities on healing in partnership with the University of Birmingham and the Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust. Freshwinds also run the Children’s Complementary Therapy Network (CCTN) is a UK based Paediatric Network developed to support the use of complementary therapies for children which provides a platform for training, education and clinical practice. See -

  • The Alternative and Complementary Health Research Network (ACHRN)  was established in 1996 by a group of academic social scientists and health researchers based in the North West of England. It  holds national conferences and research meetings

  • The International Society for Complementary Medicine Research (ISCMR) is an international professional, multidisciplinary, non-profit scientific organization that is devoted to fostering Complementary and Integrative Medicine research and provides a platform for knowledge and information exchange to enhance international communication and collaboration.

  • The Centre for Cross-disciplinary Evaluation Studies in complementary and alternative medicine(CCESCAM)  is a virtual research center which consists of researchers from the University of Aarhus and the University of Southern Denmark in cooperation with independent CAM practitioners  and with the oncology departments at the university hospitals of Aarhus and Odense. See -

  • CAMbrella is a pan-European research network for complementary and alternative medicine (CAM). 16 partner institutions from 12 European countries who are working together to develop a roadmap for future European research that is appropriate for the health care needs of European citizens and acceptable to the EU Parliament as well as national research funders and health care. See -



  • Good practice in Traditional Chinese Medicine (GP-TCM) is a research network to inform best practice and harmonisation of research of the safety and efficacy of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) in EU Member States using a functional genomics approach. It gathers and exchanges opinions, experience and expertise among scientists in EU Member States and China  and is a European Coordination Action funded under the 7th framework programme.  See -

  • NORPHCAM - Network of Researchers in the Public Health and Health Services Research of Complementary and Alternative Medicine.
      NORPHCAM is the first international collaborative network dedicated to promoting and advancing the public health and health services research of traditional, complementary and alternative medicine and integrative health care. See -

  • CHAIN (Contact, Help, Advice & Information Network)
    CHAIN is multi-professional and cross organisational, designed to connect like-minded health and social care practitioners, educators, researchers and managers. It is now international, with members across the UK and national components in Ireland, Australasia, Canada, Spain, Italy and Scandinavia, and members in more than 40 other countries worldwide. CHAIN is not-for-profit, and is staffed by National Health Service (NHS) employees. It is funded by a consortium of stakeholders including the National Institute for Health Research, NHS Scotland and Macmillan Cancer Support  See

  • CAMBRAThis research group focuses on the use of traditional/ indigenous forms of medicine, and complementary and alternative therapies (TM/CAM). This includes an extremely diverse group of approaches to managing health and wellbeing, including traditional medical systems, such as Traditional Chinese Medicine and Ayurveda, complementary therapies, such as reflexology and aromatherapy, alternative medical systems, such as homeopathy or osteopathy, mindfulness practices, such as meditation, and bodywork/exercise, such as yoga or tai chi.

  • The Bravewell Collaborative (  in  the USA is a 
    foundation, which develops strategic programs that support innovation and
    integrative approaches to medicine, The Bravewell Collaborative believes that
    positive and lasting changes in health care systems can occur. They  support the
    advancement of integrative medicine by creating and translating emerging knowledge
    into broad practice.  Bravenet’s strategy is to empower and accelerate the growth of
    leading clinical centers of integrative medicine, which could then serve as models
    for change in the larger health care delivery system. Bravewell members have
    understood the imperative for integrative medicine clinics to collect data that will
    demonstrate the effectiveness of integrative medicine interventions in real-time,
    clinical settings. One of its initiatives, The Bravewell Collaborative directed BraveNet, 
    its practice-based research network, launched - PRIMIER (Patients Receiving 
    Integrative Medicine Interventions Effectiveness Registry). 
    See  BraveNet: A Practice-Based Research
    This  Bravewell report summarizes the data supporting the efficacy and
    cost-effectiveness of an integrative approach to health care from three
    sources—medical research conducted at universities, studies carried out by
    corporations developing employee wellness programs, and pilot projects run by
    insurance companies.
    To further leverage the strength of collaboration, Bravewell seeks partnerships with
    like-minded institutions and individuals.



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Last updated on9 October, 2013 - 18:13
Created on24 August, 2011 - 15:17