Alan Bensoussan


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PhD, MSc, AdvCAc, DipAc, PG DipEd, BSc
Professor, NICM Health Research Institute

Professor Bensoussan is one of Australia's prominent complementary medicine researchers with a focus on Chinese medicine research and clinical practice spanning 25 years. He has received ministerial appointments to several State and Commonwealth committees and has frequently consulted as an expert panel member to national and international agencies. Professor Bensoussan was Director of NICM Health Research Institute (2010-2020), Chair of the Advisory Committee for Complementary Medicines of the Australian Therapeutic Goods Administration (2011-14) and served on the National Medicines Policy Committee (2008-11). He also serves with the Singapore Health Sciences Authority Expert Panel for Herbal Medicines and has served frequently as a consultant in traditional medicine to the World Health Organization.

Professor Bensoussan's research contributions, particularly his clinical trials and public health research, have been widely reported. He has published over 160 scientific papers and two books, including a review of acupuncture research (1990) and a major government report on the practice of traditional Chinese medicine in Australia (1996), which led to national regulation of Chinese medicine practitioners in Australia in 2012 – the first western nation to do so. Professor Bensoussan has forged a broad network of links with national and international organisations within government and industry, including major collaborative research projects with key institutions in China. In 2013, Professor Bensoussan received the prestigious International Award for Contribution to Chinese Medicine, the only recipient outside the People's Republic of China. In 2014, he was awarded the Lady Cilento Award by the peak Australian industry association recognising an individual's lifetime achievements and outstanding contributions to the industry and community.

Research focus

  • Clinical trials and evidence based practice
  • Traditional Chinese medicine
  • Irritable bowel syndrome
  • Complementary medicine usage

Awards and recognitions

  • 2014 Lady Cilento Award for lifetime achievement and outstanding contributions to the complementary medicines industry and community.
  • 2013 International Award for Contribution to Chinese Medicine, World Federation of Chinese Medicine Societies.
  • 1999 Prize for best conference paper, WHO International Symposium on Traditional Chinese Medicine, Macao, September 18-20.
  • 1997 Early Career research award, UWS
  • 1991 'Gold Medal' and Distinguished Service Award on the basis of the publication of The Vital Meridian. Presented by an international collective of professional associations, Kuala Lumpur.

Projects and grants

Professor Bensoussan's research has been supported by numerous external funding agencies including federal and state governments, NHMRC, local and international industry, and professional associations. Over the last five years he has attracted 14 successful external research grants.

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  • 2001 PhD, The University of Sydney, Australlia
  • 1992 MSc by research, University of Technology, Sydney, Australia
  • 1985 AdvCAc, Nanjing University of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), Australia
  • 1982 DipAc, Acupuncture Colleges Australia
  • 1980 PG DipEd, The University of Sydney, Australia
  • 1979 BSc, The University of Sydney, Australia


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