Professor Stephen P Myers, PhD(N'cle), ND(SSNT), BMed(N'cle). 

Stephen Myers is the Foundation Director of NatMed Research, the Natural and
Complementary Medicine Research Unit in the School of Health and Human Sciences at
Southern Cross University. In his previous appointment (2001-2006), Stephen was the
Foundation Director of the Australian Centre for Complementary Medicine Education and
Research (ACCMER), a unique joint venture of University of Queensland (Brisbane,
Queensland) and Southern Cross University (Lismore, New South Wales). From 1996 to 2001,
Stephen was the Foundation Head of the School of Natural and Complementary Medicine at
Southern Cross University, where he still plays an active role. His major contribution to
research in complementary medicine has been to lead the academic development of the field
as a university academic discipline. The School of Natural and Complementary Medicine was
the first academic unit in complementary medicine in an Australian university. He
established a four-year undergraduate degree and a fifth year honours research program in
naturopathic medicine coupled with Masters and Doctoral research programs. Over the past
decade Stephen has worked to aid the establishment of a research culture within the
discipline area of Complementary Medicine. He has supervised 11 completed higher degree
research students (3 MSc and 8 PhD) and 5 first class Honours research students. 

Professor Myers initially qualified as a naturopathic practitioner (ND – Southern School
of Natural Therapies) and later in western medicine (BMed – Australian MD equivalent –
University of Newcastle). He has a PhD (University of Newcastle) in basic and clinical
pharmacology having studied the effect of garlic on pharmacologically modifiable
cardiovascular risk factors. Professor Myers has been extensively involved with
complementary medicine education at an undergraduate and postgraduate level in Australia
for the past 25 years. He is actively engaged in research in herbal medicine,
nutraceuticals, therapeutic foods and in public health issues in complementary medicine.
He has acted as consultant to industry, government and educational institutions on a
broad range of issues involving natural medicine. He was co-author of the report “Towards
a Safer Choice” in 1995, which reviewed the practice of Traditional Chinese Medicine in
Australia for the Victorian, New South Wales and Queensland state governments and was the
forerunner to the occupational regulation of Chinese Medicine practitioners in Victoria
in 2000. In 2005 he co-authored the report for the Victorian Government on the practice
and regulatory requirements of naturopathy and Western herbal medicine. In 1997 he was
appointed by the Australian Commonwealth Government to the Complementary Medicine
Evaluation Committee (CMEC) which is a statutory expert advisory committee to the
Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA). In 2003 he was appointed to the Australian
Commonwealth Government’s Expert Committee on Complementary Medicine in the Health System
which reviewed complementary medicines and practices in Australia. In 2004 he was awarded
the prestigious Lady Cilento Award by the Complementary Healthcare Council which is
awarded by the Australian Complementary Medicines industry to individuals who have made a
significant and sustained contribution to the field of complementary medicine over many
years. 

Stephen is on the editorial panel of 3 international peer review journals and has written
3 books, 10 book chapters, 60 peer reviewed research papers and 62 papers for the
professional press. He has received over $6 million in external research funding since
1993 for research in complementary medicine. 

Journal articles

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Associations with asymptomatic colonization with candida in women reporting past vaginal candidiasis: an observational study (with Cathy J. Watson, Christopher K. Fairley, Danilla Grando, Suzanne M. Garland, and Marie Pirotta), European Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology and Reproductive Biology (2013)

Objective

Asymptomatic vaginal colonization with Candida species is a known risk factor for...

 

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Osteopathic intervention in chronic non-specific low back pain: a systematic review (with Paul J. Orrock), BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders (2013)

Background

Chronic Non Specific Low Back Pain (CNSLBP) is a common, complex and disabling condition...

 

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A national census of medicines use: a 24-hour snapshot of Australians aged 50 years and older (with Tessa K Morgan, Margaret Williamson, Marie Pirotta, Kay Stewart, and Joanne Barnes), Medical Journal of Australia (2012)

Objective: To explore the current use of conventional and complementary medicines in Australians aged ≥...

 

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Are the adaptogenic effects of omega 3 fatty acids mediated via inhibition of proinflammatory cytokines? (with Joanne Bradbury and Lyndon O. Brooks), Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine (2012)

The study was undertaken to estimate the size of the impact of n-3 fatty acids...

 

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Towards a better understanding of medicinal uses of the brown seaweed genus Sargassum in traditional Chinese medicine: a phytochemical and pharmacological review (with Lei Liu, Michael Heinrich, and Symon Anthony Dworjanyn), Journal of Ethnopharmacology (2012)

Ethnopharmacological relevance

 

Books

The Australian herbal medicines industry feasibility study: making the functional and fashionable feasible (with Bruce R. Rich and Phillip A. Cheras), School of Health and Human Sciences Papers (2005)
 

The practice and regulatory requirements of naturopathy and western herbal medicine (with Vivian Lin, Alan Bensoussan, Pauline J. McCabe, Marc Cohen, Sophie Hill, and Genevieve Howse), School of Health and Human Sciences Papers (2005)
 

The Practice of traditional Chinese medicine in Australia (with Alan Bensoussan), Southern Cross Plant Science research papers (1996)
 

Towards a safer choice: the practice of traditional Chinese medicine in Australia (with Alan Bensoussan), School of Health and Human Sciences Papers (1996)
 

Book chapters

A hierarchy of healing: the therapeutic order (with Jared Zeff and Pamela Snider), Textbook of natural medicine (2006)
 

A review of reviews of the benefits of naturopathy and western herbal medicine (with Alan Bensoussan, Joan O'Connor, Peta-Anne Paul-Brent, Don G. Baker, Hans Wohlmuth, and Phillip A. Cheras), The practice and regulatory requirements of naturopathy and western herbal medicine (2005)
 

A workforce study of naturopathy and western herbal medicine practitioners in Australia (with Alan Bensoussan, Songmei Wu, and Kate O'Connor), The practice and regulatory requirements of naturopathy and western herbal medicine (2005)
 

Allergic reactions to herbal medicines (with Hans Wohlmuth), The essential guide to herbal medicine safety (2005)
 

Popular Press

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Response to letter (with Don Baker, Ian Howden, and Lyndon O. Brooks), Complementary Therapies in Medicine (2003)
 

Conference publications

Effects of exercise training on fibrinolytic function in individuals with peripheral arterial disease (with Jianxiong Wang, Shi Zhou, Roger Bronks, and John Graham), Australian Conference of Science and Medicine in Sport Program and Abstracts. Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport, vol. 10, no. 6 (supplement) (2007)

Endogenous fibrinolysis is a physiological mechanism in removal of stable fibrin in blood clot and...

 

Treatment of peripheral arterial disease with percutaneous transluminal angioplasty or supervised exercise program (with Jianxiong Wang, Shi Zhou, Roger Bronks, and John Graham), 5th Annual Conference of the Society of Chinese Scholars on Exercise Physiology and Fitness (2006)

Endogenous fibrinolysis is a physiological mechanism in removal of stable fibrin in blood clot and...

 

A new role of home-based exercise program in peripheral arterial disease patients (with Jianxiong Wang, Shi Zhou, Roger Bronks, John Graham, and Aaron Silk), Australian Conference of Science and Medicine in Sport (2004)
 

Bovine colostrum supplementation and its effect on muscle histology, strength, performance and body composition in the elderly (with Roxanne Sample, Lauren O'Leary, Shane Rogerson, Sonya M. Marshall-Gradisnik, Shi Zhou, and Robert P. Weatherby), ACMS 2004 Australian Conference of Science and Medicine in Sport (2004)
 

Effects of ginkgo biloba extract treatment alone and combined with exercise training on walking ability in patients with peripheral arterial disease (with Jianxiong Wang, Shi Zhou, Roger Bronks, and John Graham), Australian Association for Exercise and Sports Science Inaugural Conference (2004)