Professor Marc Cohen is one of Australia s pioneers of integrative and holistic medicine and has made significant impacts on education, research, clinical practice and policy.
Professor Cohen is a registered medical practitioner with degrees in western medicine, physiology, psychological medicine and biomedical engineering. He is currently Chair of the Australasian Spa and Wellness Association, a Board Member and Past-President (from 2000-2007) of the Australasian Integrative Medicine Association (AIMA), a member of the RACGP-AIMA Joint Working party on Integrative Medicine and a Board Member of the Global Wellness Summit as well as sitting on the Editorial Board of a number of international journals.
Prof Cohen is extremely active in organising conferences on holistic and integrative medicine. He is also a sought after conference presenter and has been an invited speaker at more than 40 international and 60 national conferences in more than a dozen countries.
Professor Cohen is a regular media contributor. This includes articles in major Australian newspapers, appearances on ABC Radio National and many regional stations Australia-wide, and television appearances on ABC, SBS, Channel 7 and Channel 9 news, current affairs and lifestyle programs.
Professor Cohen has been involved in research into wellness and complementary and integrative medicine for more than 2 decades.
Integrative Medicine Research
Professor Cohen is active in qualitative research looking into the use of complementary medicine by medical practitioners as well as clinical trials research looking at the efficacy of many different complementary therapies including nutritional supplementation, herbal medicine, yoga, electromagnetic field therapy, breathing techniques and lifestyle intervention. His major research focus has been in the area of arthritis, asthma, dermatological conditions, and health enhancement. He has received many competitive government and commercial grants to support this work including grants from the NHMRC, ARC, VicHealth. His current research activities include research into meditation, organic food, acupuncture, yoga, breathing therapies and wellness metrics.
Professor Cohen has been involved in basic science research looking at bioenergetics and the electromagnetic basis of acupuncture as well as theoretical research into the parallels between Chinese medicine theory and Western science. He was Chief Investigator on a NHMRC-funded grant to perform multi-centre randomised controlled trials looking at the use of acupuncture as an analgesic agent in patients presenting to Emergency Departments with migraine, back pain and ankle sprain.
Professor Cohen has been involved in yoga research since 1994 when he introduced the yoga-based, Health Enhancement Lifestyle Program as an elective for Monash Medical students. He subsequently worked to integrate this program for patients at Cedar Court Rehabilitation Hospital and has since made significant contributions to yoga research in supervising Master by research student, Stephen Penman in conducting the Yoga in Australia Survey which was the world’s largest survey of yoga practitioners. Stephen has gone on to become the President of the Yoga Teachers Association of Australia and CEO of the Australian College of Nutritional and Environmental Medicine (ACNEM) and Prof Cohen has since attracted 4 PhD students to perform yoga related research including Jonathan Halpern who conducted a clinical trial into yoga for geriatric insomnia in Israel collaboration with Dr. Clement Cahan and Dr Anda Baharav from the Shaare Zedek Medical Centre in Jerusalem and Dr. Gerard Kennedy from Victoria University, School of Psychology.
Professor Marc Cohen is a Professor at the School of Health Sciences at RMIT University, a core member of the RMIT University Health Innovations Research Institute and Program Coordinator for RMIT's postgraduate Wellness Programs. He is also involved in coordinating Short Courses and Undergraduate Wellness electives as well as supervising Higher Degree by Research students and other research activities.
- B Med Sci. (Hons), Monash University, 1986
- MB BS. (Hons), Monash University, 1991.
- Certificate IV Workplace training and Assessment, 2001
- PhD (Dept of Electrical and Computer Systems Engineering), Monash University, 2003
- FAMAS, Fellow of the Australian Medical Acupuncture Society, 1995
Prof Cohen has previously held positions as Senior Research Fellow in the Centre for Medical and Health Sciences Education at Monash University, Expert Advisor to the TGA Complementary Medicine Evaluation Committee, Member of the NHMRC Grant Review panel on Primary Healthcare, Member of the Scientific Advisory Committee for the National Institute of Complementary Medicine and has held multiple Ministerial Appointments on various Registration and Accreditation Panels. He previously held the position as Director of the Centre for Complementary Medicine at the Monash Institute for Health Services Research.
Involvement with Professional Associations and Government bodies
- Scientific Advisory Committee, National Institute of Complementary Medicine (NICM) (also a member of the previous NICM Consultative Committee)
- Board member and Past-President (2000-2007) of the Australasian Integrative Medicine Association
- Member, National Health and Medical Research Council Grant Review Panel on primary health care
- Expert Advisor, Complementary Medicines Evaluation Committee in the Therapeutic Goods Administration
- Board Member, Global Wellness Summit
- Member RACGP-AIMA Joint Working Party of complementary medicine in general practice
- Fellow of the International College of Acupuncture and Electrotherapeutics Research
- Fellow of the Australian Medical Acupuncture College
- National Asthma Council Expert Committee on Complementary Medicine in Asthma
- Ministerial appointment to the ACT Registration and Accreditation Council National Institute of Health Sciences Accreditation Panel
- Ministerial Appointment to the Victorian Higher Education Advisory Committee Accreditation Panel
- Examiner for PhD and Masters students at multiple universities
- Member, Victorian Department of Human Services Naturopathy and Western Herbal Medicine Research Group
Member of Editorial Board of Peer-Reviewed Journals
- Associate Editor, Journal of Advanced Nutrition and Human Metabolism
- Member, Editorial Board, Journal of Ayurveda and Integrative Medicine
- Member, Editorial Board, Annals of Medicine and Surgery
- Member, Editorial Board, Advances in Integrative Medicine
- Member, Editorial Board, Acupuncture and Electrotherapeutics Research
- Member, International Advisory Board, Australian Journal of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine
- Member, International Advisory Board, Australian Journal of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine
- Previous Editorial Board Member, Evidence Based Complementary Medicine
- Previous Editorial Board Member, Journal of Complementary and Alternative Medicine
- Previous Editorial Board Member, Journal of Complementary Medicine
- Member, Expert database for North American Menopause Society
- Provided peer review for various journals including Medical Journal of Australia, Journal of Complementary Medicine, Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, Australian Family Physician, IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Engineering, British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology, Journal of Applied Physiology, Journal of Rheumatology, Maturitas, Indian Journal of Medical Sciences, Journal of Veterinary Science
- Naidoo, D.,Schembri, A.,Cohen, M. (2018). The health impact of residential retreats: A systematic review In: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine, 18, 1 - 17
- Hussain, J.,Cohen, M. (2018). Clinical Effects of Regular Dry Sauna Bathing: A Systematic Review In: Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine, 2018, 1 - 30
- Bijlsma, N.,Cohen, M. (2018). Expert clinician's perspectives on environmental medicine and toxicant assessment in clinical practice In: Environmental Health and Preventive Medicine, 23, 1 - 14
- Cohen, M.,Smit, D.,Andrianopoulos, N.,Ben-Meir, M.,Taylor, D.,Parker, S.,Xue, C.,Cameron, P. (2017). Acupuncture for analgesia in the emergency department: a multicentre, randomised, equivalence and non-inferiority trial In: Medical Journal of Australia, 206, 494 - 499
- Hussain, J.,Mantri, N.,Cohen, M. (2017). Working up a good sweat - the challenges of standardising sweat collection for metabolomics analysis In: Clinical Biochemist Reviews, 38, 11 - 34
- Jamshidi, N.,Cohen, M. (2017). The Clinical Efficacy and Safety of Tulsi in Humans: A Systematic Review of the Literature In: Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine, 2017, 1 - 13
- Clark-Kennedy, J.,Cohen, M. (2017). Indulgence or therapy? Exploring the characteristics, motivations and experiences of hot springs bathers in Victoria, Australia In: Asia Pacific Journal of Tourism Research, 22, 501 - 511
- Cohen, M.,Elliott, F.,Oates, L.,Schembri, A.,Mantri, N. (2017). Do wellness tourists get well? An observational study of multiple dimensions of health and well-being after a week-long retreat In: Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, 23, 140 - 148
- Cohen, M.,Hunter, J. (2017). Complementary medicine products: interpreting the evidence base In: Internal Medicine Journal, 47, 992 - 998
- TYAGI, A.,Cohen, M. (2016). Yoga and heart rate variability: A comprehensive review of the literature In: International Journal of Yoga, 9, 97 - 113
- What's in my Wee? Measuring Pesticide Levels in Australian School Children. Funded by: Enterprise Connnect - Researchers in Business pre-2014 from (2013 to 2014)
- Environmental toxins, lifestyle, genetics and health and an evaluation of Ayurvedic detox practices to remove environmental toxins and improve health in patients with chronic disease. Funded by: DIICCSRTE Australia-India Strategic Research Fund (AISRF) Grant Pre-2014 from (2013 to 2013)
- India Study Project. Funded by: Bharat Mitra Donation from (2011 to 2013)
- Randomised controlled trials of acupuncture vs. pharmacotherapy for acute pain relief in emergency departments. Funded by: National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Project Grant Pre-2014 from (2009 to 2011)
- Combined electroacupuncture and cognitive behavioural therapy for tension-type headache: a randomised controlled trial. Funded by: National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Project Grant Pre-2014 from (2009 to 2011)
3 PhD Current Supervisions6 PhD Completions and 2 Masters by Research Completions