Inter-Disciplinary Research Groups

This page will not be updated after the 23rd of november 2012 due to the closure of ViFAB.

ViFAB subsidizes two groups of researchers from the University of Copenhagen and the University of Southern Denmark with approximately DKK 10 million to conduct research into alternative therapy in relation to cancer and sclerosis.

Objectives

The overall objectives of the projects are:

  • To examine whether, and if so how, patients with cancer or sclerosis can benefit from reflexology, acupuncture and meditation.
  • To examine the effect of alternative therapy on cancer.

Moreover, it is the aspiration of ViFAB that these projects will attract universitiy interest in research into alternative therapy and improve the quality of research into alternative therapy.

Description of the projects

The two research groups subsidized by ViFAB are affiliated with the Universitiy of Copenhagen and the University of Southern Denmark.

Effects and Result Mechanisms in Alternative Therapy, University of Copenhagen (KUFAB)

  • The project is managed by professor dr.phil. Bo Jacobsen form the Department of Sociology at the University of Copenhagen. 
  • In co-operation with alternative practitioners, the research group examines whether, and if so how, patients with cancer or sclerosis can benefit from reflexology, acupuncture and meditation.
  • The project comprises several subsidiary projects; some of which are completed and some are still active.
  • ViFAB has subsidized the project with DKK five million. 

Interdisciplinary Complementary and Alternative Medicine Research Group, University of Copenhagen

Establishment of a Brick-free Competence Centre, University of Southern Denmark(CCESCAM)

  • The project is managed by associate professor, MSc, Ph.D. Helle Johannessen from the Institute of Public Health at the University of Southern Denmark.
  • The research group consists of researchers from Aarhus, Odense and Vejle.
  • In co-operation with alternative practitioners, the research group examines the effect of alternative therapy on cancer.
  • The project comprises several subsidiary projects; some of which are completed and some are still active. 
  • ViFAB has subsidized the project with DKK five million.

Centre for Cross-disciplinary Evaluation Studies in Complementary and Alternative Medicine, University of Southern Denmark

Researchers with Specialized Knowledge

The participants of the two research groups are among others university researchers with different fields of expertise such as medicine, anthropology and economics. 

The university researchers co-operate with alternative practitioners, who have practical experience with the treatments.

With participants with various fields of expertise, it is possible to clarify more questions than simply whether or not alternative therapy has an effect on a specific disorder. For example, an economist will be able to assess whether alternative therapy produces a socio-economic profit.

Research worth DKK 20 Million

ViFAB requires a co-financing of 50 per cent from the two groups. This means that research into alternative therapy worth DKK 20 million is generated.

Last updated: 24-11-2012