Alternative & Complementary Medicine
A Priority for the MRINZ is supporting Kiwi biotechnology in gathering clinical evidence to allow the public confidence in using their products. Our dedicated Alternative and Complementary Therapies (ACT) team leads the way in innovative methodology for this research sector.
Dr Alex Semprini - Programme Director
Alex is a UK trained physician with an interest in novel research methodology and expanding the evidence base of complementary therapies. He is currently undertaking a PhD in clinical research, examining community based research through a pharmacy network in the form of a nationwide cold sores study.
Joseph Singer – Research Fellow
Joe has recently completed a Masters in clinical research looking at bone health in alcoholism. His role encompasses data management, patient liaison and research site management.
Nick Shortt – Research Assistant/Data coordinator
Nick joined the MRINZ after completing a BSc in biomedical science at Victoria University. Recently completing his Masters in clinical research, Nick develops novel methodology from an informatics perspective allowing cost effective and efficient study designs.
Kanuka honey programme
MRINZ has a long history of conducting feasibility and full randomised controlled trials with the NZ medical grade honey producer Honeylab. With prior studies completed in acne, nappy rash and rosacea, the current project is a large, national study of a novel honey based treatment for cold sores in 950 New Zealanders. This trial has founded our Pharmacy Research Network, comprising of 50 and ever increasing pharmacies across NZ who provide a unique and accessible interface for the public to consider enrolling in the study. More information can be found here.