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Research conference announced for health professionals

In some exciting news, the Northern College of Acupuncture (NCA), based in York, is inviting all health professionals to its inaugural Research Conference on Friday October 18th.

Entitled ‘Lifestyle Medicine – Promoting Sustainable Behaviour Change’, the event will explore ways in which health professionals from all backgrounds can contribute, both in their practice and research, to helping patients change their lifestyle for better long-term health. 

Taking place at York’s scenic National Centre for Early Music venue, the groundbreaking conference boasts some impressive keynote speakers including:

Dr Angela Goyal – a GP specialising in Dermatology and founder of Inspired Medics. Angela is renowned for transforming the practice of medical professionals through education on Lifestyle Medicine and will be discussing how lifestyle medicine is taking off in the NHS

Dr Helen Lawal – lead GP for Lifestyle Medicine and Wellness for One Medical Group will talk about her passion for promoting lifestyle medicine and her involvement in rolling out NHS lifestyle medicine clinics alongside a private wellness centre in Harrogate.

Professor Hugh MacPherson – the UK’s first Professor of Acupuncture Research in the Department of Health Sciences, University of York, Clinic Director at the York Clinic for Integrated Healthcare and Chair of Trustees at the NCA, will offer a research perspective on working with lifestyle interventions in clinical practice.

NCA Principal, Richard Blackwell states: “Lifestyle medicine is an evidence-based approach to inspiring and supporting individuals to make sustainable changes to prevent, or manage, lifestyle-related chronic conditions, and improve their health. Lifestyle interventions focus on stress management, physical activity, nutrition, sleep and creating supportive relationships.

“This conference will be of interest to a wide variety of professionals and students from both complementary and biomedical healthcare backgrounds.  The day’s programme will offer an excellent opportunity to hear some of the latest research in lifestyle medicine, as well as a chance to extend professional networks. With a full programme of keynote speakers, presentations and panel discussion sessions, this will be a day to inspire everyone who attends.”

For more information visit or contact Denise Magson on 01904 343309.


Founded in 1988, the Northern College of Acupuncture trains over 35 students annually to become qualified acupuncturists.  The College also teaches 25 students yearly on its Nutrition Masters course, and offers online Masters courses for complementary healthcare practitioners from across the world. 

Nationally and internationally renowned, the NCA boasts a series of historical ‘firsts’ including being the first UK teaching institution to offer a University degree in acupuncture; the first to offer a postgraduate degree in Chinese Herbal Medicine; and the first to achieve professional accreditation for its Acupuncture, Chinese Herbal Medicine and Nutritional Therapy courses.

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