EASTmedicine Research Group
A unique interdisciplinary research group
EASTmedicine (East Asian Sciences and Traditions in Medicine) is a unique interdisciplinary research group that seeks to understand the development and transformation of East Asian medicines from their origins in pre-Han China to the present. To this end, we draw on the medical humanities, the social and life sciences, epidemiology and clinical research, as well as education and clinical practice. We aim to carry out innovative world-class research that breaks new ground in our understanding of East Asian medicines and to facilitate their integration into contemporary health care systems based on evidence-based research and practice in the widest possible sense.
To date, EASTmedicine under the leadership of Prof. Volker Scheid has attracted in excess of £1.7 million in external funding. We have created a vibrant research community engaged in projects that examine aspects of medical practice encompassing the UK, China, Japan, Korea and Tibet. We are known for organising stimulating workshops, conferences and summer schools that enable discussion and learning beyond conventional disciplinary boundaries.
EASTmedicine Director Prof. Volker Scheid was awarded a prestigious Senior Investigator Award in the Medical Humanities to carry out a five year study that seeks to find new ways for exploring East Asian medicine “beyond tradition.”