Researchers

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Alan Bensoussan

Professor Bensoussan is the Director of NICM. He is one of Australia's prominent researchers in complementary medicine. Under his leadership, NICM has forged a broad network of links with other national and international organisations within government and industry.

Prof Jerome Sarris

Jerome Sarris

Professor Sarris is the Deputy Director of NICM and a professor of integrative mental health. He moved from clinical practice as a naturopath, nutritionist, and acupuncturist to academic work, and completed a doctorate at The University of Queensland in the field of psychiatry. Professor Sarris has a particular interest in anxiety and mood disorder research pertaining to nutraceutical psychopharmacology, in complementary and integrative medicine, lifestyle medicine, and psychotropic plant medicine research.

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Caroline Smith

Professor Smith joined NICM, following 10 years of research and clinical practice at universities in South Australia. She is an experienced clinical researcher and acupuncture practitioner specialising in women's health and reproductive health.

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Dennis Chang

Professor Chang leads NICM's Healthy Hearts Research Program and is a senior researcher at NICM. He originally trained in medicine and later finished his postgraduate research training in pharmacology. Professor Chang's research interests include clinical and preclinical studies of herbal medicine, yoga, and Tai Chi for the treatment of cardiovascular disease, diabetes, metabolic disease and dementia.

Bobby Cheema 

Bobby Cheema

Dr Cheema is interested in investigating the health benefits of yoga, meditation, and multi-disciplinary interventions and currently collaborates with colleagues in traditional Chinese medicine, nutritional sciences, medicine, and nursing and midwifery.

 

Bradley Simpson

Dr Simpson is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow and lead of NICM's Bush Medicine Research Program.  His research has an emphasis on merging customary Aboriginal medicines with western scientific knowledge to generate an evidence-based understanding of their composition and therapeutic properties.

Carolyn Ee 

Carolyn Ee

Dr Ee is a General Practitioner with clinical and research expertise in acupuncture for women's health. She joined NICM in January 2016 as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow and in November 2017 was appointed the Jacka Foundation Senior Research Fellow. Dr Ee is also the chair of the RACGP Integrative Medicine Specific Interest Group.

Chun Guang Li 

Chun Guang Li

Associate Professor Li commenced his role as pharmacology team leader at NICM in late 2012. During the last five years he has directed several funded research projects, coordinated three courses, including master of Chinese herbal medicine by course work, and supervised Masters and PhD by research with 20 PhD and five Master completions.

Deep Jyoti Bhuyan

Dr Bhuyan joined NICM Health Research Institute as an ARC Postdoctoral Research Fellow in 2018. He has a strong interest and background in investigating the anticancer and antimicrobial properties of plant extracts and bioactive compounds.

Gen Steiner 

Genevieve Steiner

Dr Steiner is an NHMRC-ARC Dementia Research Development Fellow and is investigating the psychopharmacological effects of complementary medicines on the neural activity of people living with the early signs of dementia.

Gerald Muench 

Gerald Muench

Professor Muench's project focus is on Alzheimer's disease with a special emphasis on carbonyl stress in age-related and neurodegenerative processes, and also looking at brain inflammation as a major progression factor in Alzheimer's disease.

Jianxun Liu 

Jianxun Liu

Professor Liu joined NICM in 2016. He is also the director of the Research Centre of Xiyuan Hospital, China Academy of Chinese Medical Sciences (CACMS); and Director of Standardized Chinese Medicine Pharmacology Laboratory of the Ministry of Science and Technology, China. He has a strong research interest in chemical analysis and pharmacology studies of Chinese herbal medicine for cardiovascular and neurodegenerative disorders.

 

Joseph Firth 

Dr Firth joined NICM in 2017 as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow focused in mental health and clinical research. His research investigates novel interventions for improving recovery in people with psychotic disorders.
Justin Sinclair 

Justin Sinclair

Mr Sinclair joined NICM in 2017 as a Research Fellow who has been researching and studying cannabis in Australia and the United States for the last 15 years. Key areas of his medicinal cannabis experience span several scientific disciplines, including cultivation, botany, genetics, ethnopharmacology, therapeutic applications and phytochemistry.

Kellie Bilinski 

Kellie Bilinski

Dr Bilinski is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in NICM's Healthy Hearts Research Program. She joined NICM in September 2015 as a part of NICM's vascular dementia research team focusing on memory and healthy aging. Dr Bilinski has a special interest in the role of complementary medicine in metabolic diseases and dementia.

 

Michael de Manincor

Dr de Manincor joined NICM in 2017 as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in NICM's Healthy Minds Research Program. Bridging eastern and western modalities of mind-body health, he is one of the most highly respected yoga teachers in Australia, with over 30 years’ teaching experience. Sought out for his expertise in the field of yoga, meditation, positive psychology and mental health, de Manincor regularly speaks with media and international conferences.

Mike Armour 

Mike Armour

Dr Armour joined NICM in 2016 as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow working in the area of women's health, with a specific interest in dysmenorrhea and chronic pelvic pain. His background is a mixture of western and eastern medicine, having completed an honours degree in biomedicine before training as a traditional Chinese medicine practitioner.

Nerida Klupp 

Nerida Klupp

Dr Klupp is lecturer in interprofessional health sciences in the School of Science of Health at Western Sydney University. Her academic background spans health, medicine and education. Nerida has performed systematic reviews and clinical trials in complementary medicine treating cardiovascular risk factors.

Sai Seto 

Sai Seto

Dr Seto has strong interest in cardiovascular physiology and pharmacology research aiming at identifying new treatments for cardiovascular diseases such as hypertension, atherosclerosis, aortic aneurysm and stroke. He is currently working with Associate Professor Chang in cardiovascular research.

Srinivas Nammi 

Srinivas Nammi  

Dr Nammi has a doctorate in pharmaceutical sciences, specialising in pharmacology. He has over 15 years of experience in pharmacological research in the areas of endocrine and cardiovascular pharmacology through working on various projects in academic and industrial setting with special focus on the cause and treatment of metabolic syndrome and type 2 diabetes

Suzanne Grant

Suzanne Grant  

Dr Grant is currently investigating options and outcomes in integrative healthcare. Her research interests include the effect of Chinese herbal medicine and acupuncture in the treatment of chronic disease such as diabetes, and cancer. Suzanne is also interested in how Chinese medicine may help women with fertility problems.

Xiaoshu Zhu

Xiaoshu Zhu

Associate Professor Zhu is director of academic program and senior lecturer of the Chinese medicine program in School of Science and Health at Western Sydney University. She is also an inaugural practitioner member of the Chinese Medicine Board of Australia; she serves as working editor for the Cochrane Menstrual Disorders and Subfertility Group, the Cochrane Collaboration.

 

Xian (Phoebe) Zhou

Dr Zhou is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at NICM with a focus on natural products research. The key focus of her role is to investigate complex natural products and the challenges they pose for quality assurance and regulatory compliance.