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30 April 2022
NICM Health Research Institute and the traditional and complementary medicine community around the world has welcomed the establishment of the World Health Organization Global Centre for Traditional Medicine (WHO GCTM), the world's first of its type. Attending the ground-breaking ceremony held in Jamnagar, Gujarat, India on 19 April, and presenting as a plenary speaker at the Global Ayush Investment and Innovation Summit, NICM Health Research Institute Director, Professor Dennis Chang commended the visionary leadership and commitment by India and WHO, echoing Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s remarks of the centre ushering in a new era of traditional medicine globally and enhancing wellness in society.

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23 March 2022
Welcome to our first newsletter for 2022. After some well-deserved downtime with the holiday break, the start of each year for our Institute brings about a chance for reflection, planning, engagement and renewal, a time to reigniting the fires for the exciting year ahead. We look to our strategic plan and how it will guide and direct our projects over the next 12-months.

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22 March 2022
New findings from a major international review examining the ‘best of the best’ available scientific evidence reveals which nutraceuticals (nutrient-based natural products) and phytoceuticals (plant-based natural products) are beneficial in the management of a range of mental health disorders.

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15 March 2022
Having opened in February 2022, Next Practice care of Western Sydney Integrative Health at NICM HRI are welcoming patients for private or group yoga therapy. Yoga is a wholistic system of health and wellbeing and includes breath-centred movement, breathing exercises, deep relaxation, meditation and more.

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14 March 2022
Throughout the first three months of the year, NICM HRI has featured in leading media outlets such as ABC News, Daily Mail UK, Medicine News Today UK, Sydney Morning Herald, SBS, 7News, The Age, Herald Sun, The Daily Telegraph, The Courier Mail, The Advertiser, Brisbane Times, The Mercury,10 Perth, Vogue Paris, GQ, and House of Wellness to name a few!

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10 March 2022
It is with great sadness and respect, that we share the news of the passing of Dr Judith Mary Jacka, Founder of the Jacka Foundation of Natural Therapies, a distinguished individual, philanthropist and inspirational pioneer in natural therapies and complementary medicine. Judy passed away in the early hours of 1 March 2022. She was 83.

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28 February 2022
A Q&A with Dr Bhuyan on his career, new challenges ahead and some of the topics his team will work on in 2022 and beyond. Dr Bhuyan is a Research Support Program Fellow, Health Ageing at NICM Health Research Institute. He joined the institute in 2018 as an ARC Postdoctoral Research Fellow. His current research centres on the development of novel gut microbiota-based anticancer therapies and deciphering their molecular mechanisms of action. Furthermore, he is currently working on developing natural product-based therapies for bacterial and viral diseases.

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20 December 2021
It has been uplifting to see the vaccination response in Australia, and NSW particularly, which is enabling us to ease restrictions and re-open the state again. With the festive season upon us, I am sure many will join me in welcoming the holiday break, the long-awaited opportunity to reconnect with family, possibly travel, and take the time to recharge and re-energise. In this newsletter issue, we take this opportunity to reflect on the year that has been 2021, and importantly express our thanks and gratitude for your support and to wish you a very happy, safe and healthy holiday break and New Year.

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20 December 2021
A new review shows aerobic exercise interventions using HIIT or MICT are effective for improving non-alcoholic fatty liver disease.

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17 December 2021
Congratulations to NICM HRI researchers who have received accolades in Western Sydney University’s 2021 Excellence Awards and the NICM HRI Awards, which recognise outstanding achievements of staff and students.

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NICM Health Research Institute Webinar:

Ayahuasca – From the Jungle to the Lab
Presented by Dr Simon Ruffell, Psychiatrist and Senior Research Fellow at Psychae Institute, Melbourne.
28 June, 2022, Online (Zoom)