Terje Alræk, PhD

Kristiania University College, National Research Center in Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NAFKAM); Institute of Health Sciences, Department of Community Medicine, Faculty of Health Sciences, UiT The Arctic University of Norway, Tromsø, Norway

Present positions:
1) Professor in Health Service Reaserch, Kristiania University College, Oslo, Norway.
2) Senior Researcher, National Research Center in Complementary and Alternative Medicine, NAFKAM, Dept. of Community Medicine, Faculty of Health Sciences, The Arctic University of Norway, UiT, Tromsø, Norway.
3) Practicing acupuncturist

Areas of expertise:
Healthcare research, Clinical Trials including qualitative studies, Research methodology especially related to acupuncture.

Previous academic positions:
1982 - Acupuncture practice since 1982 with other acupuncturists, five years in a multidisciplinary environment consisting of medical doctors, acupuncturists, and physical therapists.
1994-1998 Research Scientist, a Norwegian Research Council (NRC) project at the University of Bergen 2004-04 NRC fellow at the Institute for Public Health and Primary Care, University of Bergen.
2004 - Senior Researcher at the National Research Center in Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NAFKAM), Faculty of Health Sciences, UiT The Artic University of Tromsø
2004 – 2010 Academic Director for Norway-China Cooperation in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) at the National Research Center in Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NAFKAM), Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Tromsø2011 – 2015 Associate Professor at Kristiania University College, Institute of Health Sciences.
2015 – Professor, at Kristiania University College, Institute of Health Sciences

Academic degree (university and year):
Ph.D. University of Bergen, 2004

Most important affiliations in academic and professional committees, awards, scientific review work including peer-review, dissemination activities, and other professional merits the last 10 years:

Professional and academic work
Member of the Norwegian Society for Classic Acupuncture (NFKA) since 1982.
Member of the Steering committee NFKA 1993.
Editor of NFKAs journal from 1986 to 1991.
Member of editorial board in the same journal from 1991 to 1992.
Member of the Ethics Council in NFKA 1998-2002
Chairman of the Academic Committee at WFAS International Symposium on Acupuncture. Oslo 12-14 Sept., 2003.
Invited participant at a 12-day trip to China organized by the Norwegian Directorate of Health.
Follow-up the cooperation between China and Norway with regards to research in TCM. Ongoing research (2009-) linked to 1) Chronic Fatigue Syndrome 2) colorectal cancer and traditional Chinese medicine
Member of the Academic Committee of the fifth world conference on research on alternative medicine, ICCMR 2010, Tromsø
Acupuncture responsibility (50% post-doc) in the study ACUFLASH, supported by NRC with 4.5 million NOK over three years (2006-09).
Organized a research methodology workshop in Traditional East Asian Medical (TEAM) Acupuncture, in January 2013 at Kristiania University College, Institute of Health Sciences- Oslo, Norway. Participants from Australia, Germany, US, and UK.
Been appointed as an expert by NOKUT with the evaluation of applications from schools within CAM education.
Member of iPING; International Pattern Identification Network Group. The iPING is a non-profit scientific research network aimed at exchanging information about Pattern Identification according to Traditional East Asian Medicine and international collaboration on PI research. Researchers around the world are members of this network.

Total number of scientific publications: 48
h-index (according to Google Scholar): 17

Publications in scientific Journals (n=42): Original papers, total: 48; Research methodology & statistics: 3; Systematic reviews & evidence based treatment guidelines: 2; Narrative reviews: 2; Book chapters (n=2)
Abstracts: > 60

Terms of Appointment: April 2018 - April 2020