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ORCHID 2 Study Team

The ORCHID 2 study is being organised and managed by the following individuals:

  • Professor George Lewith (GP and Professor of Health Research, University of Southampton)
  • Dr. Andrew Flower (Chinese medical herbalist and Postdoctoral Research Fellow, University of Southampton)
  • Dr. Lily Lai (Chinese medical herbalist and Postdoctoral Research Fellow, University of Southampton)
  • Dr. (Mio) Xiao-Yang Hu (Chinese medical herbalist and Postdoctoral Research Fellow, University of Southampton)

Associated individuals and institutions

A number of other key individuals and organisations involved in the ORCHID 2 study include: 

  • Dr Trevor Wing (Clinical herbalist, director of private diagnostics and fertility clinic)
  • Mrs Dawn Dobson (Chiropractic PhD student, University of Southampton)

Funding for the research project has been granted by: 

  • National School for Primary Care Research (NSPCR), part of the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR)
  • Primary Care and Population Sciences (PCPS), part of the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Southampton

Supplier of Chinese herbal medicines

The Chinese herbal medicines used in this study have been supplied by Phoenix Medical Direct Ltd, an RCHM-approved supplier.

Acknowledgments

We would also like to express our gratitude to the following individuals who have helped contribute and shape our study design:

  • The patients with PCOS, who have offered their input and enabled us to gain insight into the perspectives of women with PCOS when designing our study and study materials.
  • The Chinese herbal practitioners, who have been generous with their advice and time to help us with this research project.
  • The Chinese herbal medicine patients we approached, who have offered helpful tips and advice on our study materials.
  • The trial managers, administrative staff and researchers based in Southampton at Primary Care and Population Sciences (PCPS), Primary Care Research Network (PCRN) and the Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) group for their valuable feedback on our research design and study procedures.