Public Lecture: “Natural medicines: for better public health” – Prof. Gerard Bodeker

nmmuProfessor Gerry Bodeker, Chair, Global Initiative For Traditional Systems (GIFTS) of Health, Oxford UK; & Dept. of Primary Care Health Sciences, University of Oxford, U.K.;  & Dept. of Epidemiology, Columbia University, New York, U.S.

Professor Gerry Bodeker, a Harvard-trained public health specialist, has done work on traditional and complementary medicine for a number of UN agencies, including WHO and the World Bank.

He has published extensively and is Editor-in-Chief of the World Health Organization Global Atlas of Traditional, Complementary and Alternative Medicine (2005). He is a founder, and currently Senior Editor, of the Journal of Alternative & Complementary Medicine and serves on the editorial boards of several related journals.

Gerry Bodeker is co-editor of a leading textbook by Imperial College Press on Public Health Perspectives on Traditional and Complementary Medicine, as well as on a book on Traditional Medicinal Plants and Malaria.

He has worked in Africa for two decades and currently chairs a research group on Intellectual Property in an EU project training African scientists to study the potential of African medicinal plants and has several publications in the field of IPR and traditional knowledge.

More recently, working in the field of wellness, Prof. Bodeker led an Oxford research team on a Qatar Foundation project documenting Wellness Traditions of the Islamic World. He is currently working with colleagues at Stanford University, USA, on a project on Asian traditional diets in the prevention of non-communicable diseases.

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