Professor Gerry Bodeker is a Harvard-trained public health specialist that who has worked on traditional and complementary medicine for many UN agencies, including WHO, the World Bank and the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation. Prof Bodeker is co-editor of a leading textbook by Imperial College Press on ‘Public Health Perspectives on Traditional and Complementary Medicine’, as well as a book on ‘Traditional Medicinal Plants and Malaria’. Currently, he is conducting research on mosquito-borne diseases, particularly on dengue fever.
Working in the field of Wellness, Prof. Bodeker led an Oxford research team on a Qatar Foundation project documenting ‘Wellness Traditions of the Islamic World’. With Malaysian colleagues, he co-authored the book ‘Health & Beauty from the Rainforest and Malaysian Traditions of Ramuan’ (2009). He is co-editor of ‘Understanding the Global Spa Industry’. Prof. Bodeker chairs the Mental Wellness Initiative of the Global Wellness Institute
Prof. Bodekar is a prolific author and is an editor for many journals, amongst them Editor-in-Chief of the ‘World Health Organization Global Atlas of Traditional, Complementary and Alternative Medicine’ (2005), Senior Editor of the ‘Journal of Alternative & Complementary Medicine’.
Prof. Bodeker is working with Malaysian researchers and colleagues at the United Nations University on a project on Asian traditional diets in the prevention of non-communicable diseases. Another project with Malaysian colleagues is to develop commercial products from tropical plants for wound healing and skin repair.