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Gerard Bodeker

Professor Gerard Bodeker is Chairman of the Oxford-based Global Initiative For Traditional Systems of Health and holds a full Professorship of Epidemiology at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health in New York, currently on an Adjunct basis. He is also in the Division of Medical Sciences at Oxford, where he holds a research appointment in the Department of Primary Health Care Sciences. He has previously held appointments in the University of Oxford’s Nuffield Department of Medicine, the Department of Dermatology, the Health Services Research Unit, and the Department of International Development. He has also held fellowships in the Oxford Forestry Institute and the Green College Centre for Environmental Policy and Understanding.

Known for his work in wellness and traditional, complementary & alternative medicine, Prof Bodeker has been the Chairman of the Commonwealth Group on Traditional, Complementary and Alternative Medicine. He is also co-founder of the WHO-affiliated Research Initiative on Traditional Antimalarial Methods and serves in an advisory capacity to the United Nations University’s Education for Sustainable Development Project where he is working on projects in Indonesia.

Building on two decades of work in collaboration with the Traditional Medicine Department of the Vietnamese Ministry of Health, Prof Bodeker worked with Vietnamese and European colleagues to create a national herbal medicine project designed for national and international markets. In addition, he has served as a member of the Scientific Advisory Committee for Eu Yan Sang, a Chinese herbal corporation headquartered in Singapore.

He serves of the editorial board of the Chinese Journal of Integrative Medicine and is a senior editor for the Journal of Ayurveda and Integrative Medicine.

He is working with colleagues in China on a book on nutritional and lifestyle approaches from traditional Chinese medicinal theory.

Prof Bodeker has worked on traditional medicine and medicinal plant conservation for agencies including the World Health Organisation, the World Bank, the Global Environment Facility and the UN Food & Agriculture Organisation. He was also the editor for WHO Global Atlas on Traditional and Complementary Medicine. He has published a book with Malaysian colleagues on health and wellness traditions of Malaysia.

His other projects include research on refugee use of traditional medicine at Thai-Burma border, and working with Oxford and other colleagues on an EU funded project to develop research capacity on medicinal plants and herbal medicines in Africa. He has also worked with the Qatar Foundation researching wellness traditions of the Islamic world. Prof. Bodeker is a Fellow of the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC).

Research areas

  • International public policy on traditional, complementary and alternative medicine
  • Local approaches to the prevention and management of communicable disease, particularly malaria and, more recently, dengue.
  • Medicinal plant conservation and biodiversity.
  • Research on wellness traditions, especially of Asia & the Middle East
  • Mapping patterns of use of complementary medicine in the UK and of traditional medicine use in developing countries, particularly for malaria and HIV/AIDS

Selected publications

  • Bodeker G, Weisbord E, Diallo D, Byamukama R, van ‘t Klooster C. 2015 (in press). African Medicinal Plants & Traditional Medical Knowledge: Access & Benefit Sharing in the context of R&D. In: Wambebe C & Rasaoanaivo P. African Indigenous Medical Knowledge and Human Health. HSRC Press.
  • Bodeker G, Neumann C. 2012. “Revitalization and development of Karen traditional medicine for sustainable refugee health services at the Thai-Burma border”. Journal of Immigrant and Refugee Studies. 10,1, 1556-2948
  • Bodeker G. 2012. Integrative oncology meets immunotherapy: new prospects for combination therapy grounded in Eastern medical knowledge. Chinese Journal of Integrative Medicine 2012; 18(9):652-62.
  • Bodeker G. 2012. Intellectual Property Rights & Chinese Medicine. With Kadetz P. In Scheid V & Mac Pherson H. 2012. Integrating East Asian Medicine into Contemporary Healthcare. Churchill Livingstone, London.
  • Bodeker G. Traditional Knowledge & Health. 2011. In Suneetha Mazhenchery Subramanian, A Primer on Sectoral Linkages of Traditional Knowledge. United Nations University-Institute of Advanced Studies, Yokohama, Japan. United Nations University Press, Tokyo.
  • Willcox M & Bodeker G. 2010. ‘The ethics of improving African traditional medical practice: A response’, Acta Tropica, vol. 115, no. 1, pp. 163-164, 2010.
  • (with Bhushan Patwardhan) ‘Ayurvedic Genomics: Establishing a Genetic Basis for Mind–Body Typologies’ Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine – J Altern Complement Med , vol. 14, no. 5, pp. 571-576, 2008.
  • Bodeker G. 2008. Health Status of Indigenous Peoples. In Heggenhougen K et al, Encyclopedia of Public Health. Elsevier Press, New York.
  • Bodeker G & Burford G. 2007. Traditional, Complementary & Alternative Medicine: Public Health & Policy Perspectives. Imperial College Press.
  • Bodeker G. 2007. Medicinal Plant Biodiversity & Local Healthcare: Rural development & the potential to combat priority diseases. In Havercort B et al., Endogenous Development and Bio-Cultural Diversity. COMPAS Press, Netherlands, 2007.
  • Bodeker G, Burford G. 2007. Conservation of medicinal plant biodiversity In: Bodeker G, Burford G. Traditional, Complementary & Alternative Medicine: Policy And Public Health Perspectives, Imperial College Press, London.
  • Bodeker G & Burford G. 2007. Medicinal Plant Biodiversity & Local Healthcare: Sustainable Use & Livelihood Development. Journal of Tropical Medicinal Plants, 6, 2, 2006.
  • Bodeker G., et al. 2005. World Health Organization Global Atlas on Traditional, Complementary & Alternative Medicine. WHO Geneva.
  • Willcox ML, Bodeker G. 2004. Traditional Herbal Medicines for Malaria. British Medical Journal 329 (7475): 1156-9.
  • Willcox ML, Rasoanaivo P, Sharma VP, Bodeker G. 2004. Comment on: Randomized controlled trial of a traditional preparation of Artemisia annua L. (Annual Wormwood) in the treatment of malaria. Transactions of the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene 98 (12): 755-6.
  • Bodeker G, Bhat KKS, Burley J, & Vantomme P (Eds.). 2003. Medicinal plants for forest conservation and health care. UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) Non-Wood Forest Products Series, No.11. Rome.