Professor Alan Bensoussan

Professor Alan Bensoussan

Director, National Institute Of Complementary Medicine,
National Institute Of Complementary Medicine (nicm

Professor,
Dean's Unit - School Of Science And Health

Biography

Professor Alan Bensoussan is Director of the National Institute of Complementary Medicine (NICM) at the University of Western Sydney. 

 He is one of Australia's prominent complementary medicine researchers with a focus on Chinese medicine research and clinical practice spanning 25 years. Professor Bensoussan has received ministerial appointments to several State and Commonwealth committees and has frequently consulted as an expert panel member to national and international agencies. He was Chair of the Advisory Committee for Complementary Medicines of the Australian Therapeutic Goods Administration (2011-14) and served on the National Medicines Policy Committee (2008-11). He also serves with the Singapore Health Sciences Authority Expert Panel for Herbal Medicines and has served frequently as a consultant in traditional medicine to the World Health Organisation.

Professor Bensoussan's research contributions, particularly his clinical trials and public health research, have been widely reported. He has published over 160 scientific papers and two books, including a review of acupuncture research (1990) and a major government report on the practice of traditional Chinese medicine in Australia (1996), which led to national regulation of Chinese medicine practitioners in Australia in 2012 – the first western nation to do so. Professor Bensoussan has forged a broad network of links with national and international organisations within government and industry, including major collaborative research projects with key institutions in China. In 2013 Professor Bensoussan received the prestigious International Award for Contribution to Chinese Medicine, the only recipient outside the People's Republic of China. In 2014 Bensoussan was awarded the Lady Cilento Award by the peak Australian industry association recognising an individual's lifetime achievements and outstanding contributions to the industry and community.

This information has been contributed by Professor Bensoussan.

Qualifications

  • PhD University of Sydney
  • DipEd University of Sydney
  • BSc University of Sydney
  • MSc University of Technology, Sydney
  • CAdvAc Nanjing University of Traditional Chinese Medicine
  • DipAc Acupuncture Colleges

Organisational Unit (School / Division)

  • National Institute Of Complementary Medicine (nicm
  • Dean's Unit - School Of Science And Health

Contact

Email: A.Bensoussan@westernsydney.edu.au
Phone: (02) 4620 3709
Mobile: 0404055292
Location: 22.1.19
Campbelltown
Website:

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Publications

Books

  • Bensoussan, A. (2010), 'Cost effectiveness of complementary medicines / report by Access Economics Pty Limited for The National Institute of Complementary Medicine', : Access Economics .
  • Lin, V., Bensoussan, A., Myers, S., Mccabe, P., Cohen, M. and Hill, S. (2006), 'The practice and regulatory requirements of naturopathy and western herbal medicine', : La Trobe University Press 9780977586400.
  • Lin, V., Bensoussan, A., Myers, S., Mccabe, P., Cohen, M., Hill, S. and Howse, G. (2005), 'The practice and regulatory requirements of naturopathy and western herbal medicine', : la Trobe uni .
  • Bensoussan, A., Myers, S., Wu, S. and O'Connor, K. (2003), 'A profile of naturopathic and western herbal medicine practitioners in Australia', : The Centre for Complementary Medicine Research, University of Western Sydney .
  • Bensoussan, A., Myers, S., Drew, A. and Whyte, I. (2002), 'Chinese herbal medicine toxicology database', : University of Western Sydney .

Chapters in Books

  • Chang, D., Steiner, G., Ghosh, D. and Bensoussan, A. (2017), 'Vitamins and complementary therapies used to treat Alzheimer's Disease', Dementia, CRC Press 9781498703109.
  • Doran, C., Chang, D., Kiat, H. and Bensoussan, A. (2012), 'Review of economic methods used in complementary medicine', Traditional, Complementary and Integrative Medicine : an International Reader, Palgrave 9780230232655.
  • Chang, D., Ghosh, D. and Bensoussan, A. (2010), 'Vitamins and complementary therapies used to treat Alzheimer's disease', Dementia, Hodder Education 9780340987278.
  • Macpherson, H., White, A. and Bensoussan, A. (2007), 'The Safety of Acupuncture', Acupuncture Research: Strategies for Building an Evidence Base, Elsevier 9780443100291.
  • Myers, S., Bensoussan, A., O'Conner, J., Paul-Brent, P., Baker, D. and Wohlmuth, H. (2006), 'A Review of reviews of the benefits of naturopathy and western herbal medicine', The practice and regulatory requirements of naturopathy and western herbal medicine, La Trobe University 9780977586400.
  • Bensoussan, A., Myers, S., Wu, S. and O'Connor, K. (2006), 'A workforce study of naturopathy and western herbal medicine practitioners in Australia', The practice and regulatory requirements of naturopathy and western herbal medicine, La Trobe University 9780977586400.
  • Hill, S., Bensoussan, A., Condron, J. and Wu, S. (2006), 'Consumers of naturopathy and western herbal medicine', The practice and regulatory requirements of naturopathy and western herbal medicine, La Trobe University 9780977586400.
  • Bensoussan, A., Myers, S., Scott, R. and Cattley, T. (2006), 'Risks associated with the practice of naturopathy and western herbal medicine', The practice and regulatory requirements of naturopathy and western herbal medicine, La Trobe University 9780977586400.
  • Patching, C. and Bensoussan, A. (2003), 'Traditional Chinese Medicine', An Introduction to Complementary medicine, Allen & Unwin 1741140544.

Journal Articles

  • Seto, S., Chang, D., Ko, W., Zhou, X., Kiat, H., Bensoussan, A., Lee, S., Hoi, M., Steiner, G. and Liu, J. (2017), 'Sailuotong prevents hydrogen peroxide (H2O2)-induced injury in EA.hy926 cells', International Journal of Molecular Sciences, vol 18, no 1 .
  • He, X., Li, C., Zhu, X., Li, Y., Jarouche, M., Bensoussan, A. and Li, P. (2017), 'High-performance liquid chromatography coupled with tandem mass spectrometry technology in the analysis of Chinese medicine formulas : a bibliometric analysis (1997-2015)', Journal of Separation Science, vol 40, no 1 , pp 81 - 92.
  • Hunter, J., Leach, M., Braun, L. and Bensoussan, A. (2017), 'An interpretive review of consensus statements on clinical guideline development and their application in the field of traditional and complementary medicine', BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine, vol 17 .
  • Smith, C., Zaslawski, C., Cochrane, S., Zhu, X., Zheng, Z., Loyeung, B., Meier, P., Walsh, S., Xue, C., Zhang, L., Fahey, P. and Bensoussan, A. (2017), 'Reliability of the NICMAN Scale : an instrument to assess the quality of acupuncture administered in clinical trials', Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine, vol 2017 .
  • Arentz, S., Smith, C., Abbott, J., Fahey, P., Cheema, B. and Bensoussan, A. (2017), 'Combined lifestyle and herbal medicine in overweight women with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) : a randomized controlled trial', Phytotherapy Research, vol 31, no 9 , pp 1330 - 1340.
  • Yang, G., Li, W., Cao, H., Klupp, N., Liu, J., Bensoussan, A., Kiat, H. and Chang, D. (2017), 'Does Tai Chi improve psychological well-being and quality of life in patients with cardiovascular disease and/or cardiovascular risk factors? : a systematic review protocol', BMJ Open, vol 7 .
  • Grant, S., Hunter, J., Bensoussan, A. and Delaney, G. (2017), '[In Press] Guidance for establishing an integrative oncology service in the Australian healthcare setting : a discussion paper', Supportive Care in Cancer, .
  • Lee, S., Khoo, C., Pearson, J., Bourchier, S. and Bensoussan, A. (2016), 'Analytical method validation and quality control of a seven-herb Chinese medicine formulation used for the treatment of irritable bowel syndrome with constipation', Journal of AOAC International, vol 99, no 3 , pp 1 - 8.
  • De Manincor, M., Bensoussan, A., Smith, C., Barr, K., Schweickle, M., Donoghoe, L., Bourchier, S. and Fahey, P. (2016), 'Individualized yoga for reducing depression and anxiety, and improving well-being : a randomized controlled trial', Depression and Anxiety, vol 33, no 9 , pp 816 - 828.
  • Cochrane, S., Smith, C., Possamai-Inesedy, A. and Bensoussan, A. (2016), 'Prior to conception : the role of an acupuncture protocol in improving women's reproductive functioning assessed by a pilot pragmatic randomised controlled trial', Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine, vol 2016 .
  • Levett, K., Smith, C., Bensoussan, A. and Dahlen, H. (2016), 'The Complementary Therapies for Labour and Birth Study : making sense of labour and birth - experiences of women, partners and midwives of a complementary medicine antenatal education course', Midwifery, vol 40 , pp 124 - 131.
  • Li, D., Wang, J., Hou, J., Fu, J., Chang, D., Bensoussan, A. and Liu, J. (2016), 'Ginsenoside Rg1 protects starving H9c2 cells by dissociation of Bcl-2-Beclin1 complex', BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine, vol 16, no 1 .
  • Moore, A., Komesaroff, P., O'Brien, K., Xu, H. and Bensoussan, A. (2016), 'Chinese medicine in Australia', Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, vol 22, no 7 , pp 515 - 525.
  • Zhou, X., Seto, S., Chang, D., Kiat, H., Razmovski-Naumovski, V., Chan, K. and Bensoussan, A. (2016), 'Synergistic effects of Chinese herbal medicine : a comprehensive review of methodology and current research', Frontiers in Pharmacology, vol 7 .
  • Levett, K., Smith, C., Bensoussan, A. and Dahlen, H. (2016), 'Complementary therapies for labour and birth study : a randomised controlled trial of antenatal integrative medicine for pain management in labour', BMJ Open, vol 6 .
  • Li, Y., Zhu, X., Bensoussan, A., Li, P., Moylan, E., Delaney, G. and McPherson, L. (2016), 'Herbal medicine for hot flushes induced by endocrine therapy in women with breast cancer : a systematic review and meta-analysis', Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine, vol 2016 .
  • Klupp, N., Kiat, H., Bensoussan, A., Steiner, G. and Chang, D. (2016), 'A double-blind, randomised, placebo-controlled trial of Ganoderma lucidum for the treatment of cardiovascular risk factors of metabolic syndrome', Scientific Reports, vol 6 .
  • Seto, S., Chang, D., Jenkins, A., Bensoussan, A. and Kiat, H. (2016), 'Angiogenesis in ischemic stroke and angiogenic effects of Chinese herbal medicine', Journal of Clinical Medicine, vol 5, no 6 .
  • Zhou, X., Razmovski-Naumovski, V., Chang, D., Li, C., Kam, A., Low, M., Bensoussan, A. and Chan, K. (2016), 'Synergistic effects of Danshen (Salvia Miltiorrhiza Radix et Rhizoma) and Sanqi (Notoginseng Radix et Rhizoma) combination in inhibiting inflammation mediators in RAW264.7 cells', BioMed Research International, vol 2016 .
  • Bensoussan, A., Phelps, K., Kotsirilos, V., Caldicott, P. and Hunter, J. (2016), 'Integrative medicine : more than the promotion of unproven treatments?', Medical Journal of Australia, vol 205, no 6 , pp 282 - 2821.
  • Packer, J., Good, A., Besch, J., Boon, S. and Bensoussan, A. (2016), 'Complementary medicine research projects in Australia : 2008-2013', Advances in Integrative Medicine, vol 3, no 3 , pp 82 - 89.
  • Chang, D., Liu, J., Bilinski, K., Xu, L., Steiner, G., Seto, S. and Bensoussan, A. (2016), 'Herbal medicine for the treatment of vascular dementia : an overview of scientific evidence', Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine, vol 2016 .
  • Chang, D., Liu, J., Bilinski, K., Li, X., Steiner, G., Seto, S. and Bensoussan, A. (2016), 'Herbal medicine for the treatment of vascular dementia : an overview of scientific evidence', Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine, vol 2016 .
  • Seto, S., Yang, G., Kiat, H., Bensoussan, A., Kwan, Y. and Chang, D. (2015), 'Diabetes Mellitus, cognitive impairment, and traditional Chinese medicine', International Journal of Endocrinology, vol 2015 .
  • De Manincor, M., Bensoussan, A., Smith, C., Fahey, P. and Bourchier, S. (2015), 'Establishing key components of yoga interventions for reducing depression and anxiety, and improving well-being : a Delphi method study', BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine, vol 15, no 1 .
  • Klupp, N., Chang, D., Hawke, F., Kiat, H., Cao, H., Grant, S. and Bensoussan, A. (2015), 'Ganoderma lucidum mushroom for the treatment of cardiovascular risk factors (Review)', Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, vol 2 .
  • Bensoussan, A., Lee, S., Murray, C., Bourchier, S., van der Kooy, F., Pearson, J., Liu, J., Chang, D. and Khoo, C. (2015), 'Choosing chemical markers for quality assurance of complex herbal medicines : development and application of the Herb MaRS criteria', Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics, vol 97, no 6 , pp 628 - 640.
  • Fan, X., Wang, J., Hou, J., Lin, C., Bensoussan, A., Chang, D., Liu, J. and Wang, B. (2015), 'Berberine alleviates ox-LDL induced inflammatory factors by up-regulation of autophagy via AMPK/mTOR signaling pathway', Journal of Translational Medicine, vol 13, no 1 .
  • Bensoussan, A., Kellow, J., Bourchier, S., Fahey, P., Shim, L., Malcolm, A. and Boyce, P. (2015), 'Efficacy of a Chinese herbal medicine in providing adequate relief of constipation-predominant irritable bowel syndrome : a randomized controlled trial', Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology, vol 13, no 11 , pp 1946 - 1954.
  • Hnit, S., Xie, C., Yao, M., Holst, J., Bensoussan, A., de Souza, P., Li, Z. and Dong, Q. (2015), 'p27Kip1 signaling : transcriptional and post-translational regulation', International Journal of Biochemistry & Cell Biology, vol 68 , pp 9 - 14.
  • Grant, S., Frawley, J. and Bensoussan, A. (2015), 'Process of care in outpatient integrative healthcare facilities : a systematic review of clinical trials', BMC Health Services Research, vol 15, no 1 .
  • Seto, S., Kiat, H., Lee, S., Bensoussan, A., Sun, Y., Hoi, M. and Chang, D. (2015), 'Zebrafish models of cardiovascular diseases and their applications in herbal medicine research ', European Journal of Pharmacology, vol 768 , pp 77 - 86.
  • Yeung, A., Chang, D., Bensoussan, A. and Kiat, H. (2015), 'Yoga and cardiac rehabilitation : a brief review of evidence', Journal of Yoga & Physical Therapy, vol 5, no 4 .
  • Pumpa, K., Fallon, K., Bensoussan, A. and Papalia, S. (2014), 'The effects of topical Arnica on performance, pain and muscle damage after intense eccentric exercise', European Journal of Sport Science, .
  • Cochrane, S., Smith, C., Possamai-Inesedy, A. and Bensoussan, A. (2014), 'Acupuncture and women's health : an overview of the role of acupuncture and its clinical management in women's reproductive health', International Journal of Women's Health, vol 6 , pp 313 - 325.
  • Levett, K., Smith, C., Dahlen, H. and Bensoussan, A. (2014), 'Acupuncture and acupressure for pain management in labour and birth : a critical narrative review of current systematic review evidence', Complementary Therapies in Medicine, vol 22, no 3 , pp 523 - 540.
  • Taylor, P., Pezzullo, L., Grant, S. and Bensoussan, A. (2014), 'Cost-effectiveness of acupuncture for chronic nonspecific low back pain', Pain Practice, vol 14, no 7 , pp 599 - 606.
  • Yao, M., Zhang, P., Song, W., Xu, L., Bensoussan, A., Chang, D. and Liu, J. (2014), 'Effect of Tongluo Qingnao injection on glutamate and GABA in cerebral microdialysis samples of ischemia/reperfusion rats', Chinese Journal of Experimental Traditional Medical Formulae, vol 20, no 12 , pp 136 - 140.
  • Zhang, Y., Lin, L., Ren, C., Lin, C., Liu, J., Chang, D. and Bensoussan, A. (2014), 'Pharmacokinetics and brain distribution of ginkgolides after administration of Sai-Luo-Tong', Modernization of Traditional Chinese Medicine and Materia Medica, vol 16, no 7 , pp 1458 - 1464.
  • Grant, S. and Bensoussan, A. (2014), 'The process of care in integrative health care settings : a qualitative study of US practices ', BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine, vol 14 .
  • Yeung, A., Kiat, H., Denniss, A., Cheema, B., Bensoussan, A., Machliss, B., Colagiuri, B. and Chang, D. (2014), 'Randomised controlled trial of a 12 week yoga intervention on negative affective states, cardiovascular and cognitive function in post-cardiac rehabilitation patients', BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine, vol 14 .
  • Cao, H., Li, X., Yan, X., Wang, N., Bensoussan, A. and Liu, J. (2014), 'Cupping therapy for acute and chronic pain management : a systematic review of randomized clinical trials', Journal of Traditional Chinese Medical Sciences, vol 1, no 1 , pp 49 - 61.
  • Arentz, S., Smith, C., Abbott, J. and Bensoussan, A. (2014), 'A survey of the use of complementary medicine by a self-selected community group of Australian women with polycystic ovary syndrome', BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine, vol 14, no 1 .
  • Besch, J., Boon, S. and Bensoussan, A. (2014), 'The National Institute of Complementary Medicine : past, present, future', Australian Journal of Herbal Medicine, vol 26, no 4 , pp 141 - 143.
  • Arentz, S., Abbott, J., Smith, C. and Bensoussan, A. (2014), 'Herbal medicine for the management of polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) and associated oligo/amenorrhoea and hyperandrogenism : a review of the laboratory evidence for effects with corroborative clinical findings', BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine , vol 14, no 511 .
  • Pumpa, K., Fallon, K., Bensoussan, A. and Papalia, S. (2013), 'The effects of Panax notoginseng on delayed onset muscle soreness and muscle damage in well-trained males : a double blind randomised controlled trial', Complementary Therapies in Medicine, vol 21 , no 3 , pp 131 - 140.
  • Grant, S., Schnyer, R., Chang, D., Fahey, P. and Bensoussan, A. (2013), 'Interrater reliability of Chinese medicine diagnosis in people with prediabetes', Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine, vol 2013 , pp 1 - 8.
  • Li, X., Yang, G., Li, X., Zhang, Y., Yang, J., Chang, J., Sun, X., Zhou, X., Guo, Y., Xu, Y., Liu, J. and Bensoussan, A. (2013), 'Traditional Chinese medicine in cancer care : a review of controlled clinical studies published in Chinese', PLOS One, vol 8, no 4 , pp 1 - 11.
  • Liu, Z., Li, G., Bensoussan, A., Kiat, H., Chan, K. and Liu, J. (2013), 'Chinese herbal medicines for hypertriglyceridaemia : intervention review', Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, vol 2013, no 6 .
  • Grant, S., Chang, D., Liu, J., Wong, V., Kiat, H. and Bensoussan, A. (2013), 'Chinese herbal medicine for impaired glucose tolerance : a randomized placebo controlled trial', BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine, vol 13, no 1 , pp 104 - 113.
  • Zhu, X., Bensoussan, A., McNicol, E., Chen, H. and Lu, W. (2013), 'Acupuncture for treatment-related side effects in women with breast cancer', Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, vol 5 .
  • Patching, C., Lombardo, F., Lesi, G., Bensoussan, A. and Cardini, F. (2013), 'Social and cultural factors affecting complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) use during menopause in Sydney and Bologna', Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine, vol 2013 .
  • Bensoussan, A. (2012), 'What do we make of the claims made by Friends of Science in Medicine?', Australian Journal of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine, vol 7, no 1 , pp 2 - 3.
  • Robotin, M., Holliday, C. and Bensoussan, A. (2012), 'Defining research priorities in complementary medicine in oncology', Complementary Therapies in Medicine, vol 20, no 5 , pp 345 - 352.
  • Liu, Z., Wu, Q., Liu, J., Li, G., Bensoussan, A. and Kiat, H. (2012), 'Chinese herbal medicines for hypertriglyceridemia', Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, vol 1 , pp 1 - 21.
  • O'Brien, K., Ling, S., Abbas, E., Dai, A., Zhang, J., Wang, W., Bensoussan, A., Lou, R., Guo, Z. and Komesaroff, P. (2011), 'A Chinese herbal preparation containing Radix Salviae Miltiorrhizae, Radix Notoginseng and Borneolum Syntheticum reduces circulating adhesion molecules', eCAM: Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine, vol 2011 .
  • Smith, C., Priest, R., Carmady, B., Bourchier, S. and Bensoussan, A. (2011), 'The ethics of traditional Chinese and western herbal medicine research : views of researchers and human ethics committees in Australia', Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine, vol 2011 .
  • Smith, C., Zaslawski, C., Zheng, Z., Cobbin, D., Cochrane, S., Lenon, G., Loyeung, B., Meier, P., Walsh, S., Xue, C., Zhang, A., Zhu, X. and Bensoussan, A. (2011), 'Development of an instrument to assess the quality of acupuncture: Results from a Delphi process', Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, vol 17, no 5 , pp 441 - 452.
  • Pumpa, K., Fallon, K., Bensoussan, A. and Papalia, S. (2011), 'The effects of Lyprinol? on delayed onset muscle soreness and muscle damage in well trained athletes : a double-blind randomised controlled trial', Complementary Therapies in Medicine, vol 19, no 6 , pp 311 - 318.
  • Gray, M., Chang, D., Zhang, Y., Liu, J. and Bensoussan, A. (2010), 'Development of liquid chromatography/mass spectrometry methods for the quantitative analysis of herbal medicine in biological fluids : a review', Biomedical Chromatography, vol 24, no 1 , pp 91 - 103.
  • Zhu, X., Wong, F., Bensoussan, A., Lo, S., Zhou, C. and Yu, J. (2010), 'Are there any cross-ethnic differences in menstrual profiles? : a pilot comparative study on Australian and Chinese women with primary dysmenorrheal', Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology Research, vol 36, no 5 , pp 1093 - 1101.
  • Ip, S., Zhao, M., Xian, Y., Chen, M., Zong, Y., Tjong, Y., Sung, J., Tsai, S., Bensoussan, A., Berman, B., Fong, H. and Che, C. (2010), 'Quality assurance for Chinese herbal formulae : standardization of IBS-20, a 20-herb preparation', Chinese Medicine, vol 5 .
  • Doran, C., Chang, D., Kiat, H. and Bensoussan, A. (2010), 'Review of methodological approaches to economic analysis of complementary medicine interventions', Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, vol 16, no 5 , pp 591 - 595.
  • Zhu, X., Bensoussan, A., Zhu, L., Qian, J., Xu, M., Zhou, C., Chaog, P. and Lo, S. (2009), 'Primary dysmenorrhoea : a comparative study on Australian and Chinese women', Complementary Therapies in Medicine, vol 17, no 3 , pp 155 - 160.
  • Eslick, G., Howe, P., Smith, C., Priest, R. and Bensoussan, A. (2009), 'Benefits of fish oil supplementation in hyperlipidemia : a systematic review and meta-analysis', International Journal of Cardiology, vol 136, no 1 , pp 4 - 16.
  • Zhu, X., Carlton, A. and Bensoussan, A. (2009), 'Development in and challenge for traditional Chinese medicine in Australia', Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, vol 15, no 6 , pp 685 - 688.
  • Grant, S., Bensoussan, A., Chang, D., Kiat, H., Klupp, N., Liu, J. and Li, X. (2009), 'Chinese herbal medicines for people with impaired glucose tolerance or impaired fasting blood glucose', Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, vol 4 , pp 1 - 106.
  • O'Brien, K., Abbas, E., Zhang, J., Guo, Z., Luo, R., Bensoussan, A. and Komesaroff, P. (2009), 'An investigation into the reliability of Chinese Medicine diagnois according to Eight Guiding Principles and Zang-Fu Therory in Australians with Hypercholesterolemia', Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, vol 15, no 3 , pp 259 - 266.
  • Patching, C., Bensoussan, A., Chang, S. and Baber, R. (2009), 'A randomised placebo controlled trial on the effectiveness of an herbal formula to alleviate menopausal vasomotor symptoms', Menopause, vol 16, no 2 , pp 336 - 344.
  • Lin, V., Mccabe, P., Bensoussan, A., Myers, S., Cohen, M., Hill, S. and Howse, G. (2009), 'The practice and regulatory requirements of naturopathy and western herbal medicine in Australia', Risk Management and Healthcare Policy, vol 2 , pp 21 - 33.
  • O'Brien, K., Abbas, E., Zhang, J., Guo, Z., Luo, R., Bensoussan, A. and Komesaroff, P. (2009), 'Understanding the Reliability of Diagnostic Variables in a Chinese Medicine Examination', The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, vol 15, no 7 , pp 727 - 734.
  • Lee, S., Khoo, C., Pearson, J., Hennell, J. and Bensoussan, A. (2009), 'Liquid Chromatographic Determination of Narirutin and Hesperidin in Zhi Ke (Citrus aurantium L.) in the Form of the Raw Herb and of the Dried Aqueous Extract', Journal of A O A C International, vol 92, no 3 , pp 789 - 796.
  • Lee, S., Khoo, C., Pearson, J., Hennell, J., Bensoussan, A., Jarouche, M. and Halstead, C. (2009), 'LC Determination of Albiflorin and Paeoniflorin in Bai Shao (Paeonia lactiflora) as a Raw Herb and Dried Aqueous Extract', Journal of AOAC International, vol 4, no 92 , pp 1027 - 1034.
  • Grant, S., Bensoussan, A., Chang, D., Kiat, H., Klupp, N., Liu, J. and Li, X. (2009), 'Chinese herbal medicines for people with impaired glucose tolerance or impaired fasting blood glucose.', Cochrane database of systematic reviews (Online), , no 4 .
  • Klupp, N., Chang, D., Hawke, F., Kiat, H., Grant, S. and Bensoussan, A. (2008), 'Ganoderma lucidum for the treatment of cardiovascular risk factors', Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, , no 3 .
  • Zhu, X., Proctor, M., Bensoussan, A., Smith, C. and Wu, E. (2008), 'Chinese herbal medicine for primary dysmenorrhoea : a systematic review', Australian Journal of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine, vol 3, no 1 , pp 37 - 52.
  • Kremser, T., Evans, A., Moore, A., Kuxford, K., Begbie, S., Bensoussan, A., Marigliani, R. and Zorbas, H. (2008), 'Use of complementary therapies by Australian women with breast cancer', The Breast, vol 17, no 4 , pp 387 - 394.
  • Hennell, J., Lee, S., Khoo, C., Gray, M. and Bensoussan, A. (2008), 'The determination of glycyrrhizic acid in Glycyrrhiza uralensis Fisch. Ex DC. (Zhi Gan Cao) root and dried aqueous extract by LC-DAD', Journal of Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Analysis, vol 47, no 3 , pp 494 - 500.
  • Wang, J., Liu, J., Chang, D. and Bensoussan, A. (2008), 'Pharmacokinetic study of detecting medicinal ingredients of traditional Chinese medicines in different extract base', World Science and Technology: Modernization of Traditional Chinese Medicine and Materia Medica, vol 10, no 6 , pp 32 - 36.
  • Liyanage, L., Patching, C., Bensoussan, A. and Shah, S. (2007), 'Women's health during mid-life survey: the use of complementary and alternative medicine by symptomatic women transitioning through menopause in Sydney', Menopause, vol 14, no 3 , pp 397 - 403.
  • Grant, S., Bensoussan, A., Chang, D., Kiat, H., Klupp, N. and Liu, J. (2007), 'Chinese herbal medicines for people with impaired glucose tolerance or impaired fasting blood glucose dysmenorrhoea (protocol)', Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, vol 2007, no 3 , pp 1 - 17.
  • Leung, K., Chan, K., Bensoussan, A. and Munroe, M. (2007), 'Application of atmospheric pressure chemical ionisation mass spectrometry in the identification and differentiation of the Panax species', Phytochemical Analysis, vol 18, no 2 , pp 146 - 150.
  • Halstead, C., Lee, S., Khoo, C., Hennell, J. and Bensoussan, A. (2007), 'Validation of a method for the simultaneous determination of four schisandra lignans in raw herb and commercial dried aqueous extracts of Schizandra chinensis (Wu wei zi) by RP-LC with DAD', Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Analysis, vol 45, no 1 , pp 30 - 37.
  • Lee, S., Khoo, C., Halstead, C., Huynh, C. and Bensoussan, A. (2007), 'The liquid chromatographic determination of honokiol and magnolol in Hou Po (Magnolia officinalis) as the raw herb and dried aqueous extract', Journal of AOAC International, vol 90, no 5 , pp 1210 - 1218.
  • Lee, S., Khoo, C., Halstead, C., Huynh, C. and Bensoussan, A. (2007), 'The liquid chromatographic determination of 6-gingerol, 8-gingerol, 10-gingerol and 6-shogaol in ginger (Rhizoma Zingiberis officinalis) as the raw herb and dried aqueous extract', Journal of AOAC International, vol 90, no 5 , pp 1219 - 1226.
  • Tang, B., Eslick, G., Nowson, C., Smith, C. and Bensoussan, A. (2007), 'Use of calcium or calcium in combination with vitamin D supplementation to prevent osteoporotic bone loss and fractures in elderly patients: a meta-analysis', Lancet, vol 370 , pp 657 - 666.
  • Zhu, X., Proctor, M., Bensoussan, A., Smith, C. and Wu, E. (2007), 'Chinese herbal medicine for primary dysmenorrhoea', Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, vol 2007, no 4 , pp 1 - 98.
  • Batey, R., Salmond, S. and Bensoussan, A. (2005), 'Complementary and alternative medicine in the treatment of chronic liver disease', Current Gastroenterology Reports, vol 7, no 1 , pp 63 - 70.
  • Dobos, G., Tan, L., Cohen, M., Mcintyre, M., Bauer, R. and Bensoussan, A. (2005), 'Are national quality standards for traditional chines eherbal medicine sufficient', Complementary Therapies in Medicine, vol 13 , pp 183 - 190.
  • Bensoussan, A. (2005), 'Are doctors keeping up with the game', Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, vol 11, no 6 , pp 945 - 946.
  • Zhu, X., Smith, C. and Bensoussan, A. (2005), 'Chinese herbal medicine for primary dysmenorrhoea', The Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, vol 2 .
  • Bensoussan, A. (2005), 'Herbal medicine safety', Medical Journal of Australia, vol 183, no 11-12 , pp 663 - 663.
  • Bensoussan, A., Myers, S., Wu, S. and O'Connor, K. (2004), 'Naturopathic and western herbal medicine practice in Australia - a workforce survey', Complementary Therapies in Medicine, vol 12, no 1 , pp 17 - 27.
  • Bensoussan, A. (2004), 'After a fashion', Juornal of Complementary Medicine, vol 3, no 3 , pp 4 - 4.
  • Bensoussan, A. and Lewith, G. (2004), 'Complementary medicine research in Australia: a strategy for the future', Medical Journal of Australia, vol 181 , pp 331 - 333.
  • Lewith, G. and Bensoussan, A. (2004), 'Complementary and alternative medicine - with a difference', Medical Journal of Australia, vol 180 , pp 585 - 586.
  • Batey, R., Bensoussan, A., Mollison, L. and Roberts, S. (2004), 'Complementary and alternative therapies: In liver and gut disorders', Medicine Today, vol 5, no 5 , pp 58 - 65.
  • Bensoussan, A., Myers, S., Drew, A., Whyte, I. and Dawson, A. (2002), 'Development of a Chinese herbal medicine toxicology database', Journal of Toxicology- Clinical Toxicology, vol 40, no 2 , pp 159 - 167.
  • Drew, A., Bensoussan, A., Whyte, I., Dawson, A., Zhu, X. and Myers, S. (2002), 'Chinese herbal medicine toxicology database Monograph on radix sophorae flavescentis 'ku shen'', Journal of Toxicology- Clinical Toxicology, vol 40, no 2 , pp 173 - 176.
  • Drew, A., Whyte, I., Bensoussan, A., Dawson, A., Zhu, X. and Myers, S. (2002), 'Chinese herbal medicine toxicology database Monograph on herbal asari 'xi xin'.', Journal of Toxicology- Clinical Toxicology., vol 40, no 2 , pp 169 - 172.
  • Carlton, A. and Bensoussan, A. (2002), 'Regulation of complementary medicine practitioners in Australia: Chinese medicine as a case example.', Complementary Therapies in Medicine, vol 10, no 1 , pp 20 - 26.
  • Bensoussan, A., Chang, S., Menzies, R. and Talley, N. (2001), 'Application of the general health status questionnaire SF36 to patients with gastrontestinal dysfunction: inital validation and validation as a measure of change', Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health, vol 25, no 1 , pp 71 - 77.

Conference Papers

  • Bjering, H., Ginige, A., Maeder, A., Bensoussan, A., Zhu, X. and Lattuca, C. (2011), 'Electronic medical record information system for patient consultations in Chinese medicine', Health Informatics: The Transformative Power of Innovation: Selected Papers from the 19th Australian National Health Informatics Conference (HIC 2011), .
  • Lee, S., Khoo, C., Grey, M. and Bensoussan, A. (2008), 'The LC Validation Of Eight Individual Herbs And The Analysis Of Selected Analytes In An Eight Herb Mixture For The Treatment Of Constipation', Third International Congress on Complementary Medicine Research, .

Other Publications

  • 2013, 'Research Priorities for Complementary Medicine in Australia', Research Report
  • 2007, 'Systematic Review and Meta Analysis: Calcium Supplements Alone or with Vitamin D for Preventative Treatment of Osteoporotic Fractures in Older People, Fish Oil Supplements Alone or with Statins to Improve Lipid Levels', Research Report
  • 2005, 'Complementary Medicine Research: A snapshot', Research Report

Areas of Research / Teaching Expertise

  • Clinical trials and evidence based practice
  • Traditional Chinese medicine 
  • Irritable bowel syndrome
  • Complementary medicine usage

This information has been contributed by Professor Bensoussan.

Current Projects

Title: Cooperative Research Centre for Complementary Medicine and Integrative Healthcare
Funder:
  • Department of Industry, Innovation and Science (nonACRG)
Western Researchers: Alan Bensoussan
Years: 2010-01-01 -
ID: P00017583
Title: Jacka Foundation of Natural Therapies
Funder:
  • The Jacka Foundation of Natural Therapies Limited
Western Researchers: Alan Bensoussan
Years: 2015-09-01 - 2020-06-30
ID: P00023036
Title: NICM-BTRT Chinese Medicine Substances: Niu Huang
Funder:
  • Beijing Tong Ren Tang Chinese Medicine Corporation Ltd
Western Researchers: Alan Bensoussan and Chun Guang Li
Years: 2016-07-08 - 2018-03-31
ID: P00024322
Title: NICM- THC Research Program Development
Funder:
  • Therapeutic Health Corporation (THC)
Western Researchers: Alan Bensoussan and Mitchell Low
Years: 2017-01-05 - 2018-01-31
ID: P00024330
Title: Blackmore's Scholarship Program
Funder:
  • Blackmores Limited
Western Researchers: Alan Bensoussan
Years: 2015-06-03 - 2018-06-02
ID: P00022902

Previous Projects

Title: Development of an online comprehensive lifestyle change intervention for risk factor reduction to prevent stroke
Funder:
  • The Nancy & Vic Allen Stroke Prevention Fund
Western Researchers: Alan Bensoussan
Years: 2014-06-23 - 2015-06-22
ID: P00022369
Title: Optimisation of a Toxicity Grading System for Herbal Medicine
Funder:
  • University of Western Sydney
Western Researchers: Alan Bensoussan
Years: 2002-01-01 - 2002-12-31
ID: P0011540
Title: Functional bowel disorders in Chinese medicine [via University of Maryland USA]
Funder:
  • National Institutes of Health
Western Researchers: Alan Bensoussan
Years: 2005-09-30 - 2011-09-29
ID: P0014939
Title: National Institute of Complementary Medicine (NICM)
Funder:
  • Department of Health (non ACRG)
  • National Breast Cancer Foundation (non ACRG)
Western Researchers: Alan Bensoussan
Years: 2007-06-14 - 2013-12-31
ID: P0015740
Title: National Institute of Complementary Medicine (NICM) - OSMR Contribution
Funder:
  • Department of State and Regional Development
Western Researchers: Alan Bensoussan
Years: 2007-06-25 - 2009-06-30
ID: P0015762
Title: Developing bioavailability methods in herbal medicine
Funder:
  • Department of Education, Science and Training
Western Researchers: Alan Bensoussan and Dennis Chang
Years: 2007-03-13 - 2007-08-31
ID: P0015147
Title: Validation of Herbal Medicines - Part 1 [via Univ Illinois]
Funder:
  • National Institutes of Health
Western Researchers: Alan Bensoussan
Years: 2006-05-31 - 2006-07-31
ID: P0015234
Title: ASMI Research Project
Funder:
  • Australian Self-Medication Industry
Western Researchers: Alan Bensoussan and Caroline Smith
Years: 2006-09-04 - 2007-02-13
ID: P0015308
Title: Complementary Medicine in Elite Sport (Scholarship)
Funder:
  • Australian Sports Commission
Western Researchers: Shona Papalia and Alan Bensoussan
Years: 2004-02-13 - 2007-08-12
ID: P0014334
Title: A Randomized Placebo-Controlled Clinical Trial to Study the Therapeutic Effectiveness of a Chinese Herbal Medicine Formula Used for the Treatment of Vascular Dementia - No funding to UWS
Funder:
  • Xi Yuan Hospital
Western Researchers: Dennis Chang and Alan Bensoussan
Years: 2007-05-08 - 2007-12-31
ID: P0015675
Title: What can Chinese medicine offer in the management of breast cancer?
Funder:
  • National Breast Cancer Foundation (non ACRG)
Western Researchers: Xiaoshu Zhu and Alan Bensoussan
Years: 2014-10-19 - 2014-12-31
ID: P00022224
Title: Anti-inflammatory activity and synergistic potential of herbal medicines
Funder:
  • University of Western Sydney
  • Integria Healthcare (Australia) Pty Ltd
Western Researchers: Chun Guang Li and Alan Bensoussan
Years: 2015-02-02 - 2016-05-30
ID: P00022377
Title: A randomized, controlled clinical trial of the effectiveness of Chinese herbal medicine (CHM) in the treatment of vascular dementia
Funder:
  • University of Western Sydney
Western Researchers: Dennis Chang and Alan Bensoussan
Years: 2004-02-16 - 2007-05-31
ID: P0011626
Title: Journal of Toxicology - Transfer Agreement (Unfunded)
Funder:
  • Journal of Toxicology - Clinical Toxicology
Western Researchers: Alan Bensoussan
Years: 2002-04-30 - 2004-12-31
ID: P0014264
Title: National Workforce Survey of Naturopaths and Western Herbalists
Funder:
  • National Herbalists Association of Australia
  • Federation of Natural & Traditional Therapists Ltd
Western Researchers: Alan Bensoussan
Years: 2002-11-12 - 2004-12-31
ID: P0013808
Title: Tyrosim Clinical Trial
Funder:
  • The A W Tyree Foundation
Western Researchers: Alan Bensoussan
Years: 1999-05-17 - 2000-12-31
ID: P0013040
Title: Collaboration on the development of validation methods for Chinese herbal medicines
Funder:
  • Department of Education, Science and Training
Western Researchers: Alan Bensoussan, Dennis Chang and Cheang Khoo
Years: 2003-06-23 - 2004-05-31
ID: P0013174
Title: International Visiting Scholar - Yu Jin
Funder:
  • University of Western Sydney
Western Researchers: Alan Bensoussan
Years: 2000-05-12 - 2001-12-30
ID: P0011022
Title: International Research Exchange - St Guy's & St Thomas' Hospital Trust, London
Funder:
  • University of Western Sydney
Western Researchers: Alan Bensoussan
Years: 2001-11-01 - 2002-12-31
ID: P0010684
Title: CHM Toxicology Database - Monographs 04/06
Funder:
  • Guys and St Thomas Hospitals NHS Trust
Western Researchers: Alan Bensoussan
Years: 2004-02-10 - 2006-02-09
ID: P0014377
Title: Review of Complementary Therapies NSW
Funder:
  • NSW Ministry for Science and Medical Research
Western Researchers: Alan Bensoussan
Years: 2004-12-07 - 2005-02-28
ID: P0014603
Title: Research into the toxicity of traditional Chinese medicines and development of a toxicity database for Australian and international drug information services
Funder:
  • National Health and Medical Research Council (ACRG)
Western Researchers: Alan Bensoussan
Years: 1997-11-13 - 2001-02-14
ID: P0012038
Title: Implementation of Good Laboratory Practices, NATA accreditation etc.
Funder:
  • University of Western Sydney
Western Researchers: Alan Bensoussan
Years: 2004-06-01 - 2005-05-31
ID: P0011402
Title: Scientifically validated herbal medicines: from bench to bedside: Completion of the infrastructure of the herbal analysis and pharmacology laboratories
Funder:
  • University of Western Sydney
Western Researchers: Nikolaus Sucher and Alan Bensoussan
Years: 2007-08-06 - 2008-08-05
ID: P0015757
Title: Australia-China Chinese Medicine Education Program
Funder:
  • Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
Western Researchers: Xiaoshu Zhu and Alan Bensoussan
Years: 2015-09-30 - 2016-06-30
ID: P00023009
Title: Evaluation of Chinese herbal medicine in preventing prostate cancer progression in patients under active surveillance
Funder:
  • University of Western Sydney
  • Actel Medicine International Pty Ltd
Western Researchers: Qihan Dong, Paul De Souza, Soon Lee and Alan Bensoussan
Years: 2016-03-29 - 2017-03-28
ID: P00022994
Title: NICM- Nomenclature Compendium -Extension 2016
Funder:
  • Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency
Western Researchers: Alan Bensoussan, Xiaoshu Zhu and Chun Guang Li
Years: 2016-10-13 - 2017-02-28
ID: P00024344
Title: NICM- Blackmores TCM Development Program
Funder:
  • Blackmores Limited
Western Researchers: Alan Bensoussan
Years: 2015-03-09 - 2015-10-06
ID: P00024206
Title: Joint Chair in Traditional Chinese Medicine
Funder:
  • Department of State and Regional Development
Western Researchers: Alan Bensoussan and Dennis Chang
Years: 2008-06-01 - 2014-12-01
ID: P00016230
Title: NICM TCM Clinical Trials Network
Funder:
  • Department of Health (non ACRG)
Western Researchers: Alan Bensoussan and Caroline Smith
Years: 2008-08-21 - 2013-06-30
ID: P00016475
Title: CRC for Integrated Healthcare
Funder:
  • Office for Science & Medical Research
Western Researchers: Alan Bensoussan
Years: 2009-06-23 - 2010-03-31
ID: P00017186
Title: NICM- Nomenclature Compendium for Chinese Herbal Medicine
Funder:
  • Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency
Western Researchers: Alan Bensoussan
Years: 2015-01-28 - 2015-09-24
ID: P00024334
Title: Quality assurance and bioavailability of a Chinese herbal proprietary formula
Funder:
  • AusIndustry - Dept Industry Science & Resources
Western Researchers: Alan Bensoussan, Cheang Khoo, Janice Aldrich-Wright, Andrew Shalliker, Kamali Kannangara, Dennis Chang and Mick Wilson
Years: 2002-12-16 - 2004-03-31
ID: P0010628
Title: Risks, benefits and regulatory requirements for the profession of naturopathy and Western herbal medicine
Funder:
  • La Trobe University
Western Researchers: Alan Bensoussan
Years: 2004-06-22 - 2004-12-31
ID: P0014408
Title: Creating scientifically validated and evidence based natural medicines: development of laboratories and clinical research capacity.
Funder:
  • University of Western Sydney
Western Researchers: Alan Bensoussan, Dennis Chang and Cheang Khoo
Years: 2005-10-05 - 2006-10-04
ID: P0014811
Title: Clinical and physiological evaluation of Chinese herbal medicine for constipation predominant irritable bowel syndrome
Funder:
  • National Health and Medical Research Council (ACRG)
Western Researchers: Alan Bensoussan
Years: 2008-07-01 - 2012-12-31
ID: P0015609
Title: Creating scientifically validated and evidence-based natural medicines. Phase 2: Development of the herbal pharmacology laboratory
Funder:
  • University of Western Sydney
Western Researchers: Alan Bensoussan, Dennis Chang and Cheang Khoo
Years: 2006-09-01 - 2007-08-31
ID: P0015239
Title: Electronic Health Record Data Capture and Management in Chinese Medicine Consultations
Funder:
  • University of Western Sydney
  • Surity Pty Ltd
Western Researchers: Athula Ginige, Alan Bensoussan, Anthony Maeder and Xiaoshu Zhu
Years: 2011-03-01 - 2015-01-31
ID: P00019512
Title: Bensoussan: "Clinical research postdoc support"
Funder:
  • University of Western Sydney
Western Researchers: Alan Bensoussan
Years: 2011-09-27 - 2014-06-30
ID: P00020517
Title: Strengthening Australia - China cooperation in research on plants for use in traditional Chinese medicine
Funder:
  • Department of Industry, Innovation and Science (ACRG)
Western Researchers: Kelvin Chan, Alan Bensoussan and David Briggs
Years: 2012-06-01 - 2013-07-31
ID: P00020857
Title: Joint Chair in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM)
Funder:
  • University of Sydney
  • University of Western Sydney
Western Researchers: Alan Bensoussan
Years: 2010-10-08 - 2015-09-30
ID: P00019597
Title: Traditional Medicine Internationalisation Platform
Funder:
  • University of Western Sydney
  • Department of Industry Skills and Regional Development NSW
Western Researchers: Alan Bensoussan, Kelvin Chan and Dennis Chang
Years: 2011-06-30 - 2012-12-31
ID: P00020056
Title: Strenghtening CompleMED's clinical trials platform through the Evado electronic data capture system, and analytical chemistry instrumentation required for herbal medicine definition.
Funder:
  • University of Western Sydney
Western Researchers: Alan Bensoussan
Years: 2010-11-17 - 2014-11-16
ID: P00019350

Supervision

Professor Bensoussan is available to be a principal supervisor for doctoral projects

Current Supervision

Thesis Title: Utilisation of Complementary Medicine (CM) techniques to reduce usage of pharmacological pain relief during labour and childbirth
Field of Research:
Thesis Title: A Study of the Chemical Characteristics of Lycium Barbarum and Lycium Chinense
Field of Research:
Thesis Title: Development and Evaluation of an Online Comprehensive Lifestyle Change Intervention For Common Risk Factor Reduction in the Management of Type 2 Diabetes, Metabolic Syndrome and Cardiovascular Disease
Field of Research:
Thesis Title: Classical Yoga as a Model of Complimentary Medicine in Preventative Mental Health and General Well-being
Field of Research:
Thesis Title: Complementary Medicine in Reproductive Medicine
Field of Research:
Thesis Title: Detection and Analysis of Selected Analytes in Curcuma Xanthorrhiza
Field of Research:

Previous Supervision

Thesis Title: The Efficacy of Ganoderma Lucidum for Treatment of Cardiovascular Risk Factors
Field of Research: TRADITIONAL CHINESE MEDICINE

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