Pre conference workshops: 1 July 2013 1 - 4pm

Main conference: 2 July 2013 9.30am - 5pm

The Complementary and Alternative Medicine Strategy for Research and Development (CAMSTRAND) conference has been held annually in the UK since 2002. Previously hosted by the Universities of Bristol (2010), Southampton (2011) and Cardiff Metropolitan (2012), CAMSTRAND 2013 will be hosted by the University of Westminster at the Cavendish Campus in central London.

Designed primarily for doctoral and post-doctoral researchers, the conference also provides a forum for researchers with a range of experience as well as health professionals and therapists/practitioners with an interest in complementary medicine research. The pre-conference events on Monday 1 July include two workshops between 1 - 4pm and the conference dinner.

Damien Ridge, Professor of Health Studies at the University of Westminster and a psychotherapist working in the community will present the keynote lecture. This presentation will use videoed patient examples and look at questions like: What is a narrative approach? Do narratives have to be truthful? How are narratives related to healing? How best are we to understand patient narratives? What are the implications for CAM and research? What is the untapped power of narrative for CAM?

Pre-conference workshops

Workshop/forum 1: What use are systematic reviews to patients?

In this workshop, the basics of producing and publishing systematic reviews will be covered by Dr Karen Pilkington (University of Westminster). Catherine McIlwain and Gill Gyte from the Cochrane Consumers Network will provide an overview of how patients and consumers have been involved in Cochrane reviews. Techniques including using individual patient data in systematic reviews will be explained by Dr Hugh MacPherson (University of York). The workshop will be interactive and incorporate group work and discussion.

Workshop/forum 2: Evaluating CAM practice and patients’ perspectives.

Facilitated by Dr Marie Polley (University of Westminster) and Professor Nicky Robinson (London South Bank University), this workshop provides an opportunity for those new to evaluation to get an insight into this approach and for those with experience to discuss the challenges and explore potential collaborative projects. The workshop will be interactive and incorporate group work and discussion.

For further information contact [email protected] (please include CAMSTRAND in the subject line)


Download the booking form and follow the instructions to register.

  CAMSTRAND booking form

Online payment


  1. Select Life Sciences Courses from the left hand column
  2. Select CAMSTRAND from the drop down menu in the first box and click on Select
  3. State what your payment is for in the next box (specific instructions)
  4. Enter the name of the person registering for the conference in the next box (and a reference code if applicable).
  5. Enter the amount in the Amount box and your email address in the next box.
  6. Then click on Add to list
  7. Once all items have been added, click pay and follow instructions on screen


  CAMSTRAND Abstract submission guidelines

  Accommodation guide