NICM Research Committee

The NICM HRI Research Committee provides advice to the NICM HRI Advisory Board in the advancement of the NICM HRI scientific program of strategically directed research into building the evidence base for complementary medicine and translation of this new knowledge into clinical practice. The Research Committee is comprised of key senior scientists with substantial experience in leading national research organisations or programs, preferably in medicine and healthcare with some experience in complementary medicine. This group provides strategic advice on research priorities and programs, assists in building strong collaborative links, and reviews progress against research strategies and activities.

NICM HRI Research Committee Terms of Reference (opens in a new window)


Basil Roufogalis

Basil Roufogalis is an Emeritus Professor of the Discipline of Pharmacology at the Sydney Medical School, The University of Sydney. His research interests include; new therapeutic agents from medicinal herbs in diabetes, and hyperlipidaemia, but also in pain and cancer; traditional medicines for protection of diabetic complications and metabolic syndrome; mechanisms of herbal medicines and multi drug resistance in cancer.


David Briggs

Professor David Briggs was appointed an Adjunct Professor at NICM HRI in 2006. He is a member of the NICM HRI Research Committee, the International Advisory Board on Hong Kong Chinese Materia Medica Standards, and the WHO Expert Advisory Panel on Traditional Medicine. He is also a WHO Temporary Adviser for the development of monographs for herbal medicines.


David Colquhoun

Associate Professor David Colquhoun is a Cardiologist in Private Practice in Brisbane. He has been extensively involved in research for the last 25 years, and has a private research group - Core Research.


Jennifer Hunter

Dr Jennifer Hunter is a primary-care integrative medical practitioner with over 25 years of clinical experience. Dr Hunter is highly regarded in Australia and internationally, providing advice on integrative medicine guidelines and research, and expert consultation to the World Health Organization.


Paul Komesaroff

Professor Paul Komesaroff is a practising physician and Professor of Medicine at Monash University and Executive Director of the international NGO Global Reconciliation.


Ric Day

Professor Day is a Professor in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of NSW, Department of Clinical Pharmacology and Toxicology. His fields of research include: clinical pharmacology and therapeutics, rheumatology and arthritis, psychiatry, endocrinology and decision support and group support systems.


Stephen Myers

Professor Stephen Myers is a complementary medicine expert and commentator, a research consultant to the Blackmores Institute, adjunct professor at NICM HRI and recently the Director of the NatMed-Research Unit within Southern Cross Plant Science at Southern Cross University.


Vicki Kotsirilos

Associate Professor Vicki Kotsirilos AM is a respected general practitioner with over 30 years of clinical experience. She holds adjunct associate professorial positions with NICM HRI and La Trobe University's Department of Dietetics and Human Nutrition, Faculty of Health Sciences, and formerly with Monash University. Dr Kotsirilos was appointed in 2014 as a member of the NICM HRI Research Committee.