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Barbara Wider Vellinga

Research Fellow

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Barbara is a Research Fellow in Health Research with a focus on evidence-based integrative medicine for cancer.

Career

As Research Fellow in the Complementary Medicine group, Barbara’s work focused on reviewing and synthesizing the evidence for or against complementary and alternative treatments for a range of conditions. This culminated in the publication of three textbooks: Barbara co-authored and edited the Complementary Medicine volume in the Oxford Handbook  series (Oxford University Press, 2008), the 2nd edition of the Desktop Guide to Complementary and Alternative Medicine (Elsevier, 2006) as well as a book on Complementary Therapies in Pain Management (Elsevier, 2007). The latter two have been translated into several languages. Two of her long-term projects were aimed at improving the quality of research into complementary and alternative medicine.

Since returning from maternity leave, Barbara works part-time dividing her time between a secondment to the University of Tromsø - The Arctic University of Norway and teaching for UEMS. She is Scientific Co-ordinator and Senior Editor of the CAM-Cancer project (www.cam-cancer.org), an international multi-disciplinary project originally funded within the EU Framework 5 programme aimed at producing and disseminating evidence-based information on unconventional cancer treatments for health professionals worldwide. She is also working on systematic reviews including Cochrane reviews.

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Research

Research interests

Barbara�s main research interest is in the area of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM). She is interested in a critical evaluation of many aspects of CAM, in particular its efficacy and safety. Barbara�s interests currently focus on CAM for cancer and the provision of health information in this field.

Research projects

  • CAM-Cancer project www.cam-cancer.org
  • Efficacy and safety of complementary medicine in oncology
  • Integrative oncology information provision for health care providers and patients
  • Concurrent use of prescription drugs and herbal medicinal products in older adults
  • Artichoke leaf extract for hyperlipidaemia
  • Feverfew for preventing migraine
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Research networks

Member of the International Society of Complementary Medicine Research

Editorial Responsibilities

  • Senior Editor � CAM-Cancerwww.cam-cancer.org (2011-present)
  • Senior Editor FACT � Focus on Alternative and Complementary Therapies (2000-2010)
  • Associate Editor BioMedCentral CAM (2013-present)
  • Editorial Board Advances in Integrative Medicine (2012-present)
  • Editorial Board Focus on Alternative and Complementary Therapies (2010-present)

Key publications | Publications by category | Publications by year

Publications by category


Books

Ernst E, Pittler MH, Wider B, Boddy K (2008). Oxford Handbook on Complementary Medicine. Oxford, Oxford University Press.
Ernst E, Pittler MH, Wider B, Boddy K (2007). Complementary Therapies in Pain Management. Edinburgh, Mosby.
Wider B, Pittler MH, Boddy K, Ernst E (2006). The Desktop Guide to Complementary and Alternative Medicine. Edinburgh, Mosby.

Journal articles

Agbabiaka T, Wider B, Watson LK, Goodman C (2016). Concurrent use of prescription drugs and herbal medicinal products in older adults: a systematic review protocol. Systematic Reviews, 5 Full text.
Wider B (2015). Commentary. Focus on Alternative and Complementary Therapies, 20(2), 117-118.
Wider Vellinga B, Pittler MH, Ernst E (2015). Feverfew for preventing migraine. Cochrane Database Syst Rev, 4(CD002286.).
Onakpoya I, Hunt K, Wider B, Ernst E (2014). Pyruvate supplementation for weight loss: a systematic review and meta-analysis of randomized clinical trials. Crit Rev Food Sci Nutr, 54(1), 17-23. Abstract.  Author URL.
Wider B (2013). Methodologically weak systematic review of Chinese herbal medicine for diabetic peripheral neuropathy calls for more rigorous trials. Focus on Alternative and Complementary Therapies, 18(3), 143-144.
Wider B (2013). What cancer care providers need to know about CAM: the CAM-Cancer project. Focus on Alternative and Complementary Therapies, 18(2), 95-100. Abstract.
Zhang J, Wider B, Shang H, Li X, Ernst E (2012). Quality of herbal medicines: challenges and solutions. Complement Ther Med, 20(1-2), 100-106. Abstract.  Author URL.
Onakpoya IJ, Wider B, Pittler MH, Ernst E (2011). Food supplements for body weight reduction: a systematic review of systematic reviews. Obesity (Silver Spring), 19(2), 239-244. Author URL.
Onakpoya I, Hung SK, Perry R, Wider B, Ernst E (2011). The Use of Garcinia Extract (Hydroxycitric Acid) as a Weight loss Supplement: a Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis of Randomised Clinical Trials. J Obes, 2011 Abstract.  Author URL.  Full text.
Raphael J, Hester J, Ahmedzai S, Barrie J, Farqhuar-Smith P, Williams J, Urch C, Bennett MI, Robb K, Simpson B, et al (2010). Cancer Pain: Part 2: Physical, Interventional and Complimentary Therapies; Management in the Community; Acute, Treatment-Related and Complex Cancer Pain: a Perspective from the British Pain Society Endorsed by the UK Association of Palliative Medicine and the Royal College of General Practitioners. Pain Medicine, 11(6), 872-896. Abstract.
Hunt KJ, Coelho HF, Wider B, Perry R, Hung SK, Terry R, Ernst E (2010). Complementary and alternative medicine use in England: results from a national survey. Int J Clin Pract, 64(11), 1496-1502. Abstract.  Author URL.
Agbabiaka T, Pittler MH, Wider B, Ernst E (2009). A systematic review of adverse events from saw palmeto. Drug Safety, 32, 637-647.
Wider B, Pittler MH, Thompson-Coon J, Ernst E (2009). Artichoke leaf extract for treating hypercholesterolaemia. COCHRANE DATABASE OF SYSTEMATIC REVIEWS(4). Author URL.
Wider B, Pittler MH, Thompson-Coon J, Ernst E (2009). Artichoke leaf extract for treating hypercholesterolaemia. Cochrane database of systematic reviews (Online)(4). Abstract.
Wider B, Boddy K (2009). Conducting systematic reviews of complementary and alternative medicine: common pitfalls. Eval Health Prof, 32(4), 417-430. Abstract.  Author URL.
Agbabiaka TB, Pittler MH, Wider B, Ernst E (2009). Serenoa repens (saw palmetto): a systematic review of adverse events. Drug Saf, 32(8), 637-647. Abstract.  Author URL.
Wider B (2009). [Alternative diagnostic methods]. MMW Fortschr Med, 151(3-4), 31-32. Author URL.
Wider B, Pittler MH (2008). CAM for sleep disturbances in the elderly. Focus Altern Complement Ther, 13, 249-253.
Wider B (2008). Cynara scolymus (artichoke) yields modest reductions of plasma total cholesterol. Commentary. Focus on Alternative and Complementary Therapies, 13(4), 259-260.
Ernst E, Pittler MH, Wider B, Boddy K (2007). Acupuncture: its evidence-base is changing. Am J Chin Med, 35(1), 21-25. Abstract.  Author URL.
Ernst E, Pittler MH, Wider B, Boddy K (2007). Complementary therapies for back pain: is the evidence getting stronger?. Clin Rheumatol, 26(5), 736-738. Abstract.  Author URL.
Ernst E, Pittler MH, Wider B, Boddy K (2007). Complementary/alternative medicine for supportive cancer care: development of the evidence-base. Support Care Cancer, 15(5), 565-568. Abstract.  Author URL.
Ernst E, Pittler MH, Wider B, Boddy K (2007). Massage therapy: is its evidence-base getting stronger. Complementary Health Practice Review, 12(3), 179-183. Abstract.
Ernst E, Pittler MH, Wider B, Boddy K (2007). Mind-body therapies: are the trial data getting stronger?. Altern Ther Health Med, 13(5), 62-64. Abstract.  Author URL.
Canter PH, Wider B, Ernst E (2007). The antioxidant vitamins A, C, E and selenium in the treatment of arthritis: a systematic review of randomized clinical trials. Rheumatology (Oxford), 46(8), 1223-1233. Abstract.  Author URL.
Ernst E, Pittler MH, Wider B, Boddy K (2006). Homeopathy: is the evidence-base changing?. Perfusion, 19, 380-382.
Wider B, Ernst E (2006). Introduction: 12th annual symposium on complementary health care. Journal of Herbal Pharmacotherapy, 6(3-4), 1-3.
Ernst E, Pittler MH, Wider B, Boddy K (2006). Komplementarmedizin fur rheumatoide Arthritis. Orthopadische Praxis, 42, 689-691.
Wider B, Ernst E (2005). 12th Annual Symposium on Complementary Health Care. 19th-21st September 2005, University of Exeter, UK: Introduction. Focus on Alternative and Complementary Therapies, 10(SUPPL. 1), 1-2.
Ernst E, Schmidt K, Wider B (2005). CAM research in Britain: the last 10 years. Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice, 11(1 SPEC. ISS.), 17-20. Abstract.
Ernst E, Schmidt K, Wider B (2005). CAM research in Britain: the last 10 years. Complement Ther Clin Pract, 11(1), 17-20. Abstract.  Author URL.
Savovic J, Wider B, Ernst E (2005). Effects of Ginkgo biloba on bloos coagulation parameters: a systematic review of randomised clincial trials. Evidence-Based Integrated Medicine, 2, 167-176.
Ernst E, Wider B (2005). FACT goes online: Www.pharmpress.com/fact. Focus on Alternative and Complementary Therapies, 10(1).
Wider B, Ernst E (2004). Introduction: Exeter Annual Symposium on Complementary Health Care celebrates its 10th Anniversary. Journal of Herbal Pharmacotherapy, 4(3), 13-14.
Wider B (2004). The Professor and the Prince or 'Who's got it wrong?'. Focus on Alternative and Complementary Therapies, 9(4), 274-279.
Wider B, Ernst E (2003). CAM research funding in the UK: surveys of medical charities in 1999 and 2002. Complement Ther Med, 11(3), 165-167. Abstract.  Author URL.
Ernst E, White AR, Wider B (2002). Acupuncture for back pain: Meta-analysis of randomised controlled trials and an update with data from the most recent studies. Schmerz, 16(2), 129-139. Abstract.
Ernst E, Wider B (2002). Medical research charities should fund more trials. BMJ, 325(7374). Author URL.
Ernst E, White AR, Wider B (2002). [Acupuncture for back pain: meta-analysis of randomised controlled trials and an update with data from the most recent studies]. Schmerz, 16(2), 129-139. Abstract.  Author URL.
Ernst E, Wider B (1999). UK medical charities and clinical trials. Br J Gen Pract, 49(446). Author URL.

Chapters

Wider B, Pittler MH (2009). Complementary and alternative medicine for sleep disturbances in the elderly. In  (Ed) Principles and Practice of Geriatric Sleep Medicine, 403-412.  Abstract.
Wider B, Pittler MH (2009). Complementary and alternative medicine for the treatment of insomnia in the elderly. In Pandi-Perumal SR (Ed) Principles and Practice of Geriatric Sleep Medicine, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
Wider B, Pittler MH (2009). Complementary and alternative medicine in palliative care. In Watson M (Ed) Oxford Handbook of Palliative Care, Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Pittler MH, Wider B (2009). Complementary therapies in cancer pain. In Raphael (Ed) Cancer Pain, British Pain Society, Association of Palliative Medicine, Royal College of General Practioners.
Wider B, Pittler MH (2009). Dietary supplements for body weight reduction. In Jacobs B, Gundling K (Eds.) Complementary and Alternative Medicine, Philadelphia: American College of Physicians.
Wider B, Boddy K (2008). What is Complementary and Alternative Medicine?. In Ernst E (Ed) Healing, Hype or Harm?, Exeter: Societas Imprint Academic.

Publications by year


2016

Agbabiaka T, Wider B, Watson LK, Goodman C (2016). Concurrent use of prescription drugs and herbal medicinal products in older adults: a systematic review protocol. Systematic Reviews, 5 Full text.

2015

Wider B (2015). Commentary. Focus on Alternative and Complementary Therapies, 20(2), 117-118.
Wider Vellinga B, Pittler MH, Ernst E (2015). Feverfew for preventing migraine. Cochrane Database Syst Rev, 4(CD002286.).

2014

Onakpoya I, Hunt K, Wider B, Ernst E (2014). Pyruvate supplementation for weight loss: a systematic review and meta-analysis of randomized clinical trials. Crit Rev Food Sci Nutr, 54(1), 17-23. Abstract.  Author URL.

2013

Wider B (2013). Methodologically weak systematic review of Chinese herbal medicine for diabetic peripheral neuropathy calls for more rigorous trials. Focus on Alternative and Complementary Therapies, 18(3), 143-144.
Wider B (2013). What cancer care providers need to know about CAM: the CAM-Cancer project. Focus on Alternative and Complementary Therapies, 18(2), 95-100. Abstract.

2012

Zhang J, Wider B, Shang H, Li X, Ernst E (2012). Quality of herbal medicines: challenges and solutions. Complement Ther Med, 20(1-2), 100-106. Abstract.  Author URL.

2011

Onakpoya IJ, Wider B, Pittler MH, Ernst E (2011). Food supplements for body weight reduction: a systematic review of systematic reviews. Obesity (Silver Spring), 19(2), 239-244. Author URL.
Onakpoya I, Hung SK, Perry R, Wider B, Ernst E (2011). The Use of Garcinia Extract (Hydroxycitric Acid) as a Weight loss Supplement: a Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis of Randomised Clinical Trials. J Obes, 2011 Abstract.  Author URL.  Full text.

2010

Raphael J, Hester J, Ahmedzai S, Barrie J, Farqhuar-Smith P, Williams J, Urch C, Bennett MI, Robb K, Simpson B, et al (2010). Cancer Pain: Part 2: Physical, Interventional and Complimentary Therapies; Management in the Community; Acute, Treatment-Related and Complex Cancer Pain: a Perspective from the British Pain Society Endorsed by the UK Association of Palliative Medicine and the Royal College of General Practitioners. Pain Medicine, 11(6), 872-896. Abstract.
Hunt KJ, Coelho HF, Wider B, Perry R, Hung SK, Terry R, Ernst E (2010). Complementary and alternative medicine use in England: results from a national survey. Int J Clin Pract, 64(11), 1496-1502. Abstract.  Author URL.

2009

Agbabiaka T, Pittler MH, Wider B, Ernst E (2009). A systematic review of adverse events from saw palmeto. Drug Safety, 32, 637-647.
Wider B, Pittler MH, Thompson-Coon J, Ernst E (2009). Artichoke leaf extract for treating hypercholesterolaemia. COCHRANE DATABASE OF SYSTEMATIC REVIEWS(4). Author URL.
Wider B, Pittler MH, Thompson-Coon J, Ernst E (2009). Artichoke leaf extract for treating hypercholesterolaemia. Cochrane database of systematic reviews (Online)(4). Abstract.
Wider B, Pittler MH (2009). Complementary and alternative medicine for sleep disturbances in the elderly. In  (Ed) Principles and Practice of Geriatric Sleep Medicine, 403-412.  Abstract.
Wider B, Pittler MH (2009). Complementary and alternative medicine for the treatment of insomnia in the elderly. In Pandi-Perumal SR (Ed) Principles and Practice of Geriatric Sleep Medicine, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
Wider B, Pittler MH (2009). Complementary and alternative medicine in palliative care. In Watson M (Ed) Oxford Handbook of Palliative Care, Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Pittler MH, Wider B (2009). Complementary therapies in cancer pain. In Raphael (Ed) Cancer Pain, British Pain Society, Association of Palliative Medicine, Royal College of General Practioners.
Wider B, Boddy K (2009). Conducting systematic reviews of complementary and alternative medicine: common pitfalls. Eval Health Prof, 32(4), 417-430. Abstract.  Author URL.
Wider B, Pittler MH (2009). Dietary supplements for body weight reduction. In Jacobs B, Gundling K (Eds.) Complementary and Alternative Medicine, Philadelphia: American College of Physicians.
Agbabiaka TB, Pittler MH, Wider B, Ernst E (2009). Serenoa repens (saw palmetto): a systematic review of adverse events. Drug Saf, 32(8), 637-647. Abstract.  Author URL.
Wider B (2009). [Alternative diagnostic methods]. MMW Fortschr Med, 151(3-4), 31-32. Author URL.

2008

Wider B, Pittler MH (2008). CAM for sleep disturbances in the elderly. Focus Altern Complement Ther, 13, 249-253.
Wider B (2008). Cynara scolymus (artichoke) yields modest reductions of plasma total cholesterol. Commentary. Focus on Alternative and Complementary Therapies, 13(4), 259-260.
Ernst E, Pittler MH, Wider B, Boddy K (2008). Oxford Handbook on Complementary Medicine. Oxford, Oxford University Press.
Wider B, Boddy K (2008). What is Complementary and Alternative Medicine?. In Ernst E (Ed) Healing, Hype or Harm?, Exeter: Societas Imprint Academic.

2007

Ernst E, Pittler MH, Wider B, Boddy K (2007). Acupuncture: its evidence-base is changing. Am J Chin Med, 35(1), 21-25. Abstract.  Author URL.
Ernst E, Pittler MH, Wider B, Boddy K (2007). Complementary Therapies in Pain Management. Edinburgh, Mosby.
Ernst E, Pittler MH, Wider B, Boddy K (2007). Complementary therapies for back pain: is the evidence getting stronger?. Clin Rheumatol, 26(5), 736-738. Abstract.  Author URL.
Ernst E, Pittler MH, Wider B, Boddy K (2007). Complementary/alternative medicine for supportive cancer care: development of the evidence-base. Support Care Cancer, 15(5), 565-568. Abstract.  Author URL.
Ernst E, Pittler MH, Wider B, Boddy K (2007). Massage therapy: is its evidence-base getting stronger. Complementary Health Practice Review, 12(3), 179-183. Abstract.
Ernst E, Pittler MH, Wider B, Boddy K (2007). Mind-body therapies: are the trial data getting stronger?. Altern Ther Health Med, 13(5), 62-64. Abstract.  Author URL.
Canter PH, Wider B, Ernst E (2007). The antioxidant vitamins A, C, E and selenium in the treatment of arthritis: a systematic review of randomized clinical trials. Rheumatology (Oxford), 46(8), 1223-1233. Abstract.  Author URL.

2006

Ernst E, Pittler MH, Wider B, Boddy K (2006). Homeopathy: is the evidence-base changing?. Perfusion, 19, 380-382.
Wider B, Ernst E (2006). Introduction: 12th annual symposium on complementary health care. Journal of Herbal Pharmacotherapy, 6(3-4), 1-3.
Ernst E, Pittler MH, Wider B, Boddy K (2006). Komplementarmedizin fur rheumatoide Arthritis. Orthopadische Praxis, 42, 689-691.
Wider B, Pittler MH, Boddy K, Ernst E (2006). The Desktop Guide to Complementary and Alternative Medicine. Edinburgh, Mosby.

2005

Wider B, Ernst E (2005). 12th Annual Symposium on Complementary Health Care. 19th-21st September 2005, University of Exeter, UK: Introduction. Focus on Alternative and Complementary Therapies, 10(SUPPL. 1), 1-2.
Ernst E, Schmidt K, Wider B (2005). CAM research in Britain: the last 10 years. Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice, 11(1 SPEC. ISS.), 17-20. Abstract.
Ernst E, Schmidt K, Wider B (2005). CAM research in Britain: the last 10 years. Complement Ther Clin Pract, 11(1), 17-20. Abstract.  Author URL.
Savovic J, Wider B, Ernst E (2005). Effects of Ginkgo biloba on bloos coagulation parameters: a systematic review of randomised clincial trials. Evidence-Based Integrated Medicine, 2, 167-176.
Ernst E, Wider B (2005). FACT goes online: Www.pharmpress.com/fact. Focus on Alternative and Complementary Therapies, 10(1).

2004

Wider B, Ernst E (2004). Introduction: Exeter Annual Symposium on Complementary Health Care celebrates its 10th Anniversary. Journal of Herbal Pharmacotherapy, 4(3), 13-14.
Wider B (2004). The Professor and the Prince or 'Who's got it wrong?'. Focus on Alternative and Complementary Therapies, 9(4), 274-279.

2003

Wider B, Ernst E (2003). CAM research funding in the UK: surveys of medical charities in 1999 and 2002. Complement Ther Med, 11(3), 165-167. Abstract.  Author URL.

2002

Ernst E, White AR, Wider B (2002). Acupuncture for back pain: Meta-analysis of randomised controlled trials and an update with data from the most recent studies. Schmerz, 16(2), 129-139. Abstract.
Ernst E, Wider B (2002). Medical research charities should fund more trials. BMJ, 325(7374). Author URL.
Ernst E, White AR, Wider B (2002). [Acupuncture for back pain: meta-analysis of randomised controlled trials and an update with data from the most recent studies]. Schmerz, 16(2), 129-139. Abstract.  Author URL.

1999

Ernst E, Wider B (1999). UK medical charities and clinical trials. Br J Gen Pract, 49(446). Author URL.

Editorial responsibilities

Senior Editor – CAM-Cancer (2011-present)

Senior Editor FACT – Focus on Alternative and Complementary Therapies (2000-2010)

Associate Editor BioMedCentral CAM (2013-present)

Editorial Board Advances in Integrative Medicine (2012-present)

Editorial Board Focus on Alternative and Complementary Therapies (2010-present)

BMBS Academic Tutor

BMBS Special Study Unit 1

BSc Med Sci Fundamental Skills for Medical Scientists CSC1004 (formerly Expanding Horizons 1)

BSc Med Sci Research Project CSC4020 (formerly EH4)

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