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Professor Hugh MacPherson trained as a practitioner of acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine in the early 1980’s and continues to practice acupuncture in York, UK. He founded the Northern College of Acupuncture, based in York, and set up and directed the Foundation for Research into Traditional Chinese Medicine. Subsequently he worked at the Department of Health Sciences, University of York. His research includes conducting safety studies, clinical trials and systematic reviews. His trials have evaluated the effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of acupuncture for a variety of conditions, including low back pain, irritable bowel syndrome, depression and chronic neck pain. He has also conducted neuroimaging studies exploring potential mechanisms of acupuncture. He is lead editor of the book, “Acupuncture research: strategies for building an evidence base” and co-editor of, “The integration of East Asian medicine into contemporary healthcare”, both published by Elsevier.