Scientific Advisory Committee

The Scientific Advisory Committee is a panel of independent experts who provide advice to the Homeopathy Research Institute and a peer review process for external commissioners of homeopathy research. The committee has the remit of assessing all types of homeopathy research including clinical, in vitro, in vivo and theoretical research in the field of homeopathy.

Members are appointed as independent scientific experts on the basis of their specific skills and knowledge. Individuals are required to declare any conflicts of interest. To preserve the integrity of the peer review process, submitting authors will not be informed as to who reviews their application.

To submit a research protocol for peer review, please send a completed review request form along with your full protocol to


Members of the Committee

Dr Stephan Baumgartner PhD
Lecturer, Institute of Complementary Medicine KIKOM, University of Bern and Senior Researcher, Society for Cancer Research, Arlesheim, Switzerland

Dr Baumgartner studied physics, mathematics and astronomy at the University of Basel (Switzerland). He has a PhD in Environmental Sciences from ETH Zurich (Switzerland). Stephans expertise is in basic research into homeopathy, with focus on the potentisation procedure (bioassays and physicochemical investigations). He is a founding member of The International Society of Complementary Medicine Research, founder of the Potentisation Research Group, and member of the GIRI (International Research Group on Very Low Dose and High Dilution Effects). Dr Baumgartner is currently a lecturer at the Institute of Complementary Medicine KIKOM, University of Bern, Switzerland, and senior researcher at the Society for Cancer research, Arlesheim, Switzerland.

Dr Iris Bell MD, PhD
Professor, Dept. of Family and Community Medicine, The University of Arizona College of Medicine, Tucson, AZ, USA

Dr Bell has been a researcher in holistic and alternative medicine for over 30 years. She has served on the faculties at Harvard, UCSF and the University of Arizona. She is Board certified in Psychiatry, a fellow of the American College of Nutrition, nationally certified in biofeedback and licensed in homeopathy and integrated medicine in Arizona. Dr  Bell has published papers and book chapters on her clinical research, a monograph on environmental illness and books for patients with anxiety disorders and chronic illness.

Dr Peter Fisher MD
Clinical Director at Royal London Hospital for Integrated Medicine,
University College Hospitals NHS Trust

Dr Fisher is a graduate of Cambridge University and a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and the Faculty of Homeopathy. He currently holds the position of Clinical Director and Director of Research at the Royal London Hospital for Integrated Medicine and is Editor-in-Chief of the internation journal, Homeopathy, published by Elsevier. He has been Physician to Her Majesty The Queen since 2001.

Dr Fisher chaired the World Health Organisation's working group on homeopathy and is a member of WHO's Expert Advisory Panel on Traditional and Complementary Medicine. He is also Clinical Lead of the UK's National Library for Health's on-line Complementary and Alternative Medicine Specialist Library, the NHS's official knowledge website for Complementary and Alternative Medicine and of the Complementary and Alternative Medicine Library and Information service (CAMLIS).

Accredited as a specialist in both homeopathy and rheumatology, Dr Fisher has published many papers on research in homeopathy and other forms of complementary and alternative medicine.

Dr Morag Heirs MA(Hons) PhD
Reasearch Fellow, Centre for Reviews and Disseminanation, University of York

Morag has experience in systematic reviews within conventional and complementary medicine and public health. Her role at the Centre for Reviews and Dissemination involves work on research projects, as well as writing and checking abstracts for DARE. Morag is an active member of the External Reference Group for the NHS Evidence - complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) specialist collection. Morag's first degree was an MA(Hons) 1st Class in Psychology from Glasgow followed by an MSc in Research Methods in Psychology from Strathclyde. Her PhD in Health Sciences covered the topic of homeopathic treatment of ADHD in children: this project and associated research fellowship was funded by the NCCRCD (now the NIHR). Research interests include patient-reported outcomes within trials and reviews, mexed-methods analyses, qualitative sythesis and complementary/alternative medicine.

Dr Hugh MacPherson BSc, PhD
Senior Research Fellow, Department of Health Sciences, University of York

Currently Hugh MacPherson works for the University of York as a Senior Research Fellow in the Department of Health Sciences. Hugh’s research interests lie in the field of complementary and alternative medicine, in particular evaluating effectiveness, mechanisms and safety. Hugh has received a Career Scientist Award funded by the Department of Health and a Fellowship by the National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts (NESTA).He is the Honorary Clinical Director at the York Clinic where he works as an acupuncturist.

Dr Robert Mathie BSc, PhD
Research Development Adviser, British Homeopathic Association, Luton

Dr Mathie studied Physiology at Glasgow University (UK). After receiving his PhD he moved on to the Department of Surgery at the Royal Postgraduate Medical School, London, where he became Senior Lecturer. Over a period of 25 years in the university sector, Dr Mathie published some 80 peer-reviewed papers and wrote many review articles and book chapters. He is currently Research Development Adviser at the British Homeopathic Association and Faculty of Homeopathy, where much of his work over 9 years has been devoted to encouraging and assisting members of the Faculty to improve the quantity and the quality of research output in homeopathy. To this end, he is developing collaborations with university researchers and is leading clinical data collection work with the Faculty’s doctors, dentists and vets. Within a broader aim to highlight and improve the nature and the quality of homeopathy research, Dr Mathie is engaged in a number of systematic reviews of published clinical trials.

Dr Clare Relton Msc, PhD, FSHom
Senior Research Fellow, School for Health and Related Research, University of Sheffield

Dr Relton originally studied Philosophy at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne (UK). She worked as a homeopath in the NHS 1998-2005 and was made Fellow of the Society of Homeopaths in 2009. She was awarded a Department of Health Pre Doctoral Training Fellowship from 2003 to 2008, obtained her MSc (Health Services Research) in 2004 and received her PhD (Clinical Trial Design) in 2009. Dr Relton is currently a senior research fellow at the School for Health and Related Research at the University of Sheffield. She is involved in research in obesity, chronic pain, IBS, and pragmatic clinical trial design.

Dr Elizabeth Thompson BAOxon, MBBS, MRCP, FFHom
Lead clinician and Academic director, Bristol Homeopathic Hospital

Dr Thompson is a Consultant Homeopathic Physician specialising in oncology and a Fellow of the Faculty of Homeopathy. She is currently Lead Clinician, Academic Director and Honorary Senior Lecturer in Palliative Medicine, at Bristol Homeopathic Hospital. Dr Thompson's research interests have been around whether homeopathy can offer a novel approach to symptom control in the cancer patient and in particular managing side effects of cancer treatments. She also has an interest in trial design.

Dr Alex Tournier BScCantab PhD LCHE RSHom
HRI Executive Director

Dr Tournier studied physics at Imperial College, London, and theoretical physics at the University of Cambridge. He wrote his PhD on the biophysics of water-protein interactions at the University of Heidelberg, Germany. Dr Tournier qualified from the Centre for Homeopathic Education with a licentiate in homeopathy. He is currently conducting interdisciplinary research at the boundaries between mathematics, physics and biology, as an independent researcher for a major international research organisation.

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