Hugh MacPherson, BSc(Hons), PhD.
Board of Advisors
R.I.P. Dr. Hugh MacPherson 1948-2020
The following is a brief bio for a man who was a true pioneer in the flied of acupuncture research. When the ANF was formed in 2014 Dr. MacPherson was the first researcher we reached out to to ask to join our Board of Advisors due to our respect for his work and his influence in the field. Getting to know Hugh I found him to be a most humble, intelligent and gentle man who always made time for the many demands others (including myself) placed on him. He was a giant in our field and will be sorely missed.
Dr. MacPherson worked for the University of York as a Senior Research Fellow in the Department of Health Sciences. He trained as a practitioner of acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine in the early 1980’s and continues to practice acupuncture in York. He subsequently founded the Northern College of Acupuncture, based in York, and steered the College towards achieving university validation for the first acupuncture degree course in the UK. Hugh retained his clinical practice, working as he Clinical Director at the York Clinic for Integrated Healthcare where he worked as an acupuncturist.
As a result of his interest in research, he set up the Foundation for Research into Traditional Chinese Medicine 1993 and joined the Department of Health Sciences, University of York, as a Senior Research Fellow in 2003. He was supported by a Career Scientist Award, Grant for Applied Research, both from UK’s National Institute for Health Research, and Arthritis Research UK. Hugh was also the author of over 80 scientific and medical articles, and lead editor of two books.