Professor Gerry Bodeker researches and advises on policy on traditional and complementary medicine and wellness.
An Australian, whose doctoral studies were at Harvard, he has held research and teaching appointments in Medical Sciences at Oxford University for two decades and holds a full professorship in Epidemiology at Columbia University, New York, currently on an adjunct basis.
Professor Bodeker has been chair of the Commonwealth Working Group on Traditional and Complementary Medicine and worked with a number of United Nations agencies, including the World Bank, the Global Environment Facility and the UN Food and Agriculture Organization. He currently serves as senior advisor to a UN University project on Asian traditions of nutrition. As part of global engagement with preventive health and wellness, Professor Bodeker is a member of the Policy working group of the Global Wellness Institute and has worked with a number of organisations on wellness traditions of the Islamic world.
He has published extensively, including in Lancet, BMJ and Transactions of the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine. Professor Bodeker served as editor-in-chief of the World Health Organization Global Atlas on Traditional and Complementary Medicine (2005) and produced the first textbook on public health and policy perspectives on traditional and complementary medicine. In the International Encyclopedia of Public Health (2016), he has authored the chapter on Integrative Medicine and the chapter on the Health of Indigenous Peoples.
Professor Bodeker worked on community health programmes with refugees at the Thai-Myanmar border for more than a decade and with indigenous communities in Western Australia for seven years prior to doctoral studies at Harvard.
He is a Fellow of the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC).