Dr. Rachel Roberts

BSc (Hons) MCH FS Hom
Chief Executive of the Homeopathy Research Institute (HRI)

Rachel has a first-class degree in Biological Sciences (Physiology) from the University of Birmingham. She graduated from the The College of Homeopathy, London in 1997 andpractised privately as a homeopath until 2012. Rachel has lectured in homeopathy and medical sciences at various colleges in the UK and overseas. She is also author of the ‘Mat Med Cards’ – materia medica flashcards which have been described as a ‘great contribution to homeopathy’. Rachel’s move from practice and teaching to the field of research began with the post of Research Consultant for the Society of Homeopaths from 2008-2012. She joined HRI in 2010 and now works for the Institute full time. In 2013 Rachel was awarded an Honorary Fellowship by the Society (FSHom) to acknowledge her outstanding contribution to homeopathy. Rachel was lead author of the scientific content of the Complaint to the Commonwealth Ombudsman submitted in August 2016, challenging the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Report on Homeopathy. This legal challenge is still in progress and Rachel continues to provide input to the process.

Purpose of visit

It would be my sincere pleasure to visit India in 2018 to meet with respected members of the Homeopathic community. I wish to learn more about the Homeopathy sector in India, particularly the institutionalisation of Homoeopathy in public health. The visit would provide an opportunity for exchange of knowledge and expertise, as well as the formation of professional collaborations, which can be used to secure the future of Homoeopathy worldwide.

About HRI (www.HRI-research.org)

The Homeopathy Research Institute (HRI) is the only charitable organisation dedicated to homeopathy research at an international level. HRI has two main objectives: to facilitate new rigorous research in homeopathy andto promote the accurate and widespread dissemination of existing evidence. Much of the Institute's work challenges damaging misinformation used to influence perception and justify restrictions in the provision of homeopathic treatment globally. HRI’s main active clinical research projects are two pragmatic randomised controlled trials investigating the effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of individualised homeopathy – one looking at the treatment of self-reported depression in adults, the other at Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) in children. Both projects are being conducted within PhD programmes at the University of Sheffield, UK. Creation of the Water Research Laboratory in Heidelberg, Germany, is our flagship fundamental research project. Lead by HRI Chairman, Dr Alexander Tournier PhD, this 5-year research plan, aims to identify the mode of action of homeopathic medicines using a range of state of the art experimental techniques to understand the physics of water. The laboratory is currently being fitted out and experiments are due to start in early 2018.