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New Research Coordination and Resources Available

December 1, 2015
The International Academy of Classical Homeopathy recently announced (via the letter below) that it will be providing research coordination and resources to researchers in the field of homeopathy. 
 
Dear Homeopaths,
 
Prof. George Vithoulkas announced more than once the importance of high quality research in homeopathy. Therefore he inaugurated me as research-coordinator of the International Academy of Classical Homeopathy. Here, I want to present myself and our future policy:
 
I am a medical doctor and dealing with research-questions in homeopathy since 2010, when I was able to work with Prof. M. Frass of the Medical University of Vienna. At the moment I am working on a new Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis2 of homeopathic trials. In this project, my work consists in checking the existing trials for their internal, external and model validity3 . We noticed once again a conspicuously poor quality of the existing trials. The need to assist homeopaths in conducting their research projects seems evident. 
 
Thus, we plan to provide personal advice and help from my part for the improvement of your own projects during protocol-stage and during stage of enrollment. Also, we want to coordinate planned projects, facilities and manpower. Please feel free to contact me for any questions, comments or ideas.
 
Further, we want to re-structure the research section of the website and provide information on the following sections:
  • Ethics: Information on international ethical guidelines for case-presentations and for the conduction of clinical research will be provided
  • Glossary: Research terminology will be provided and updated on regular basis
  • Templates/Downloads: We are going to develop documents containing basis-information on the conduction of studies in the different research sections (qualitative, laboratory and clinical research, etc.) and on different study designs
  • Ongoing projects: We will announce the research projects the Academy is involved in and projects in phase of development in order to facilitate coordination of resources
  • Literature and discussions: We are going to provide information on the most recent and important papers4 of the homeopathic research community
I am looking forward to fruitful discussions and a vivid exchange of know-how and resources!
 
Yours, Dr. Katharina Gaertner (katharina@vithoulkas.com)
 
Please direct all questions about this resource to Katharina Gaertner at katharina@vithoulkas.com.