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LJMC researchers receive international recognition

A publication by Lynda Jackson Macmillan Centre researchers was announced runner-up in the Scientific Article Prize Competition awarded at the International Society for Complementary Medicine Research (ISCMR) conference in Berlin in May 2017.

This annual competition celebrates the best scientific article in the field of complementary medicine and integrated medicine research.

"The monkey on your shoulder": A qualitative study of lymphoedema patients' attitudes to and experiences of acupuncture and moxibustion” was authored by LJMC’s Research Acupuncturist Dr Beverley de Valois with co-authors Anthea Asprey (University of Exeter Medical School, now retired) and Teresa Young (LJMC). 

The publication reports the results of focus group research carried out at Mount Vernon Cancer Centre. The overall study was funded by the National Institute of Health Research and conducted in partnership with the Macmillan Lymphoedema Specialist, Elaine Melsome.

Beverley said “It is an immense accolade to be acknowledged in this competition, which selects from international papers published in the previous two years.  It highlights the potential of using acu/moxa in managing chronic. An important aspect of this paper is that we hear the voices of cancer survivors with lymphoedema speaking about their experiences of acu/moxa.”


ISCMR is an international scientific organization of researchers, practitioners, and policy makers that fosters CAM/IM research and provides a platform for knowledge and information exchange to enhance international communication and collaboration.






Last updated: June 19, 2017

Beverley de Valois and Teresa Young

Dr Beverley de Valois and Teresa Young