CAM out – CAM in!

The Seventh Framework Programme, FP7, is including CAM issues – but CAM is not included in the first two calls in 2007.

Monday, December 18th in Brussels, the President of the European Parliament, Josep Borrell and the Finnish Prime Minister, Matti Vanhanen signed the Framework Programme, and the Specific Programmes were adopted by the Council on December 19th.

The programme was entering into force on 1 January 2007. Theme no 1 in the work programme is health – including “scientifically tested complementary and alternative medicines”. But in the 1st and 2nd call of 2007 CAM topics are not included nor suitable.

Please check these links:
http://ec.europa.eu/research/fp7/home_en.html

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http://www.europarl.europa.eu/news/expert/infopress_page/
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A group of European CAM-researchers joining the Euricam initiative are planning to launch research projects within FP7. This was decided at the Euricam meeting in Vienna, Nov. 20th 2006.

Due to the conditions in the first two calls in FP7, the researchers propose to submit a postgraduate education program, as a Marie Curie action

More information may be available at Euricam after the next meeting in Vienna, Jan 19th, or from Akademie für Ganzheitsmedizin, office@gamed.or.at

International congress in May

The International Congress on Complementary Medicine Research will take place May 11-13 2007 in München, Germany.
The congress is organized by Centre for Complementary Medicine Research, TU München, in cooperation with The International Society for Complementary Medicine Research, ISCMR.

Further information at www.cmr-muc2007.de

Note: Early Registration until March 1, 2007 (pay less!)

CCESCAM research projects

Centre for Cross-disciplinary Evaluation Studies in Complementary and Alternative Medicine (read more at www.galilei.dk/?page_id=16)

Dansk introduktion til CCESCAM

The research projects:

1. CCESCAM – background and funding
CAM use in Europe and the US, brief overview
Research focus and methodologies

2.1 Aarhus-team, under supervision of Robert Zachariae
2.1.1 CAM and Quality of Life (QoL)
2.1.2 CAM and mechanisms – experimentally induced myalgia
Project 2.1.2 is a post-doc-study conducted by Lene Vase under the supervision of Robert Zachariae and Anders Bonde Jensen.
2.1.3 The effect of acupuncture on palliative care
2.2 Odense-team, under supervision of Anette Damkier
2.2.1 Use and effect of CAM in cancer patients
2.2.2 Complementary medicine for cancer in Italy, India and Denmark – a comparative study of relations between agency, experience and socio-cultural structures of health care.
2.2.3 Implications of therapeutic emplotment in conventional and in complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) for cancer patients’ illness narratives and experience of quality of life.
2.3 Analysis of the supply of complementary and alternative medical treatments (CAM)
2.4 CCESCAM-VID: Knowledge-sharing, -representation and -conceptualisation in an interdisciplinary environment.

Participants

About CCESCAM

Project specification (pdf)

Forskning på tværs af grænserne

Et samarbejde mellem europæiske forskere forsøger at sætte gang i internationale forskningsprojekter for EU-midler. Initiativet hedder ”Euricam”, og en gruppe østrigske forskere er primus motor i arbejdet.

PÃ¥ et møde i Wien 20. november 2006 besluttede man at nedsætte en arbejdsgruppe, der skal stÃ¥ for det konkrete arbejde. EU har et sÃ¥kaldt rammeprogram for forskning, “FP7”, der løber fra 2007–2013, og det er her, man vil forsøge at hente pengene til KAM-forskning pÃ¥ tværs af grænserne.

Men det er en lang og besværlig vej at gå, og dels er FP7’s budget allerede kraftigt beskåret, dels er meningerne om relevansen af KAM-forskning som sædvanlig delte i de politiske og videnskabelige organer, der træffer beslutningerne. Indtil videre er ingen danske forskere involveret.

Man finder Euricam her, men forvent ikke en masse information, for også på det kommunikationsfaglige område er der tale om en pionérfase.

Forskning i the mod type 2-diabetes

Bestyrelsen for Videns- og Forskningscenter for Alternativ Behandling har besluttet at give en stor økonomisk støtte til et forskningsprojekt, som skal undersøge, om en særlig the kan bruges til behandling af type 2-diabetes.

Det er post.doc. Joan Campbell-Tofte fra Danmarks Farmaceutiske Universitet, som får støtten, der er på godt 478.000 kroner. Theen, som består af ekstrakt af blade fra planten Rauwolfia vomitoria og Citrus aurantium-frugter, er kendt fra nigeriansk folkemedicin.

Undersøgelsen vil finde sted på Danmarks Farmaceutiske Universitet og på Klinisk Biokemisk Afdeling ved Amtssygehuset i Gentofte.

Yderligere oplysninger hos ViFAB

Healing mod leddegigt

Parker Instituttet på Frederiksberg Hospital har af Gigtforeningens udviklingspulje fået 250.000 kr til et forskningsprojekt, der skal klarlægge, hvorvidt healing har en positiv effekt på patienter med leddegigt. Gigtforeningen har i øjeblikket alternativ behandling som indsatsområde.

Der bliver tre grupper i det dobbeltblindede lodtrækningsforsøg, som omfatter 105 kvinder ramt af leddegigt:
1. Gruppen modtager healing fra en healer, der er skjult bag et gardin.
2. Samme opsætning, men ingen healer bag gardinet.
3. Konventionel gigtbehandling.

Efter en række behandlinger sammenlignes de tre grupper for at se, hvorvidt healingen har ændret sygdomsbilledet, f.eks. om den har dæmpet hævelser og betændelse i leddene.

I projektet deltager healeren Lars Højgaard fra Dansk forskningscenter for healing, og projektleder er cand. scient. Robin Christensen.

Yderligere oplysninger:

Robin Christensen
email
Tlf. 38 16 41 65

Lene Witte, direktør i Gigtforeningen
email
Tlf. 39 77 80 36 – 21 40 48 56

Gigtforeningens hjemmeside

Antioxidanternes årlige nekrolog

Så skete det minsandten igen. Vi kan dø af vitaminer, og teorierne, der siger noget andet, er afgået ved døden.

Ca en gang hvert år er professor Arne Astrup og andre på banen med undersøgelser, der viser, at kosttilskud er spild af penge, og at vi måske kan dø af dem. »Antioxidantteorien er død. Hvor mange danskere døde med den?« En sand gyser!
Det står i dag i Ugeskrift for Læger, og historien er nu også i Politiken, Radioavisen, m.fl.

Men som sædvanlig får man ikke at vide, hvilke NYE undersøgelser, der nu har vist dette. Og ifølge de eksperter, der er uenige med Astrup, fx speciallæge Claus Hancke, ER der simpelthen ikke nogle nye undersøgelser.

I 2002 og 2004 hoppede TV-avisen på Arne Astrups historie – uden at høre andre kilder – og hver gang måtte de senere lave et indslag, der gav Astrup modspil fra andre.

Man bør spørge sig selv:

  • Er der overhovedet noget nyt i denne fatwa? Er der reelt nye videnskabelige undersøgelser, udover dem fra 2002 og 2004? Hvis ikke – hvorfor dukker historien sÃ¥ op igen og igen med samme selvfølgelighed som juleaften? Hvad er motivet? Og viser de gamle undersøgelser rent faktisk det, der pÃ¥stÃ¥s?
  • Er AA, Skibsted, m.fl. sÃ¥ kloge, at medierne ikke behøver at lave partsinterviews, hvor man ogsÃ¥ inddrager de eksperter, der ogsÃ¥ tidligere blev udeladt, selv om de var rygende uenige og kunne levere et spændende journalistisk modspil?
  • Og hvis man ser pÃ¥ de kommercielle interesser, medierne altid fokuserer pÃ¥, nemlig de “store” stygge helsekostproducenters omsætning – sÃ¥ husk at sammenligne de ca 2 mia kr med omsætningen i medicinalindustrien (et trecifret beløb). Deres kommercielle interesse er nemlig at begrænse brugen af kosttilskud mest muligt.

Læs mere om kosttilskud, Arne Astrup, mm. på www.kost.galilei.dk og www.vitalraadet.dk

Helze – a Danish study on Asthma

Homeopathy – Primary care – Reflexology – Evaluation.

A one-year randomised parallel group comparison of usual therapy and the effect of adding reflexology or homeopathy in moderate chronic asthma. The project is a one year study – starting in the beginning of 2006.

The patients will be divided into three groups. One group will receive conventional treatment for their asthma. The second group will in addition receive homeopathic treatment, while the third group in addition will receive reflexology. All patients will be examined regularly for the effects of the treatment.

Except for the two multidisciplinary research groups, in 2002 Helze has been given the largest of the ordinary grants from Vifab so far – 2.4 million DKK.

Contact:
Professor, MD, Ronald Dahl, Aarhus University Hospital, Dept of Respiratory Diseases & Allergy, rda@aaa.dk
Reflexologist: Leila Eriksen, le@as.aaa.dk. Phone: (+45) 43 64 81 39
Homeopath: Anne Langgaard , anne@langgaard.eu
The project team: helzeastma@as.aaa.dk

© Jesper Madsen, 2006

CAM research in Denmark

CAM-research in Denmark has, until recently, been carried out by small groups of dedicated people outside universities, mostly working for free or through small grants from private foundations. The researchers have often experienced serious problems when wishing to continue with their conventional medical career development.

Because of the limited funding, most of the research carried out has been small qualitative studies, with a few RCTs, and literature reviews. Nevertheless, reflexology research is well developed in Denmark because for many years reflexology has been the most frequently used CAM treatment.

In 2000, The Knowledge & Research Centre for Alternative Medicine (ViFAB) was established by the Danish government, after years of pressure from CAM researchers, CAM NGO’s and CAM practitioners.

The medical establishment disagreed, but a parliamentiary majority decided to start the centre which has focused on information, dialogue/bridge building – and facilitating research, but not carrying out projects of their own. Since 2001 the centre has been supporting a number of small research projects, initiated by CAM practitioners and researchers outside universities. The total research budget was 1-3 mill. DKK a year. (6 DKK equals appr. 1 USD).

Into universities
In 2004, the government gave ViFAB the opportunity to increase the funding and encourage universities to initiate CAM research. Total amount: 10 mill DKK. ( the condition for being eligible were that the researchers would find the resource to co-financing in equal amounts).

The task was to establish a large multidisciplinary research group and set up a scientific framework and a research programme – with a focus on the clinical effects of CAM. Vifab ended up financing (50%) two multidisciplinary research groups, with extraordinary grants from the government:

Group 1:
Centre for Cross-disciplinary Evaluation Studies in Complementary and Alternative Medicine, CCESCAM.
This group are going to establish a “brick-less” competence-centre on multidisciplinary effect studies on CAM. The involved institutions include University of Aarhus, Aarhus Business School and Odense University Hospital.

Dansk introduktion til CCESCAM

The research projects

Contact:
Associate professor Helle Johannessen, Institute of Public Health, University of Southern Denmark: HJohannessen@health.sdu.dk
CCESCAM

Group 2:
Interdisciplinary CAM-Research at the University of Copenhagen, University of Copenhagen.
The research group will explore the potentials of reflexology, acupuncture and meditation in relation to common diseases like cancer and scleroses.
Contact:
cand.comm, MPH Soren la Cour, Department of Sociology, University of Copenhagen: sorenlacour@sociology.ku.dk
www.kufab.dk

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Except for the two multidisciplinary research groups, the largest of the ordinary annual grants from Vifab so far was 2.4 million DKK:

HELZE – a Danish study on Asthma
Homeopathy – Primary care – Reflexology – Evaluation.

A one-year randomised parallel group comparison of usual therapy and the effect of adding reflexology or homeopathy in moderate chronic asthma. The project is a one year study – starting in the beginning of 2006.

The patients will be divided into three groups. One group will receive conventional treatment for their asthma. The second group will in addition receive homeopathic treatment, while the third group in addition will receive reflexology. All patients will be examined regularly for the effects of the treatment.

Contact:
Reflexologist: Leila Eriksen, le@as.aaa.dk. Phone: (+45) 43 64 81 39
Homeopath: Anne Langgaard , langgaard@homeopati.dk
The project team: helzeastma@as.aaa.dk

© Jesper Madsen, 2006