Blackmores Institute is the academic and professional arm of Blackmores Limited, established to support and drive an evidence-based approach to natural medicine.
The Institute’s focus is on research and education; our primary purpose is to improve the quality use of natural medicine through the translation of the evidence base into practical healthcare education, resources and advisory services.
Dr Lesley Braun, Director
Director of the Blackmores Institute and Adjunct Senior Research fellow at Monash/Alfred Psychiatry Research Centre, Associate Professor at the National Institute of Complementary Medicine Western Sydney University, Lesley is a pharmacy graduate from Monash University and a qualified naturopath.
She is a member of the Australian Therapeutic Goods Advisory Council which advises the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA), Executive committee for the Complementary and Integrative Medicine interest group for the Clinical Oncological Society of Australia (COSA), Advisory Committee for the Australasian Integrative Medicine Association (AIMA), member of the International Society for Complementary Medicine Research and several working groups for the National Institute for Complementary Medicine (NICM).
Pam Stone, Director, Educational Partnerships
Pam joined Blackmores in 1987, having found a company that shared her naturopathic values and vision, and that was driven by integrity and purpose to make people healthier. Her career with the company has spanned the Advisory, Public Relations and Education areas and she has lectured extensively to health professionals in Australia and the Asia Pacific region. Her role now includes managing educational partnerships as part of the Blackmores Institute vision to facilitate delivery of quality and accessible Complementary Medicine education to healthcare professionals. A naturopath for over 30 years, she sees that education is key to enabling healthcare professionals to effectively integrate complementary medicine into patient care.
Chris Oliver, Research Director
Chris has a strong healthcare background having studied agriculture, nutrition and public health. He has a keen interest in integrative medicine, body composition and ageing, and meta-analysis. Chris' career has spanned private practice, academia, clinical trials, and in industry research and development. His role at Blackmores Institute is to offer the team deeper insights into complementary medicine research, with a particular expertise on clinical trials and their design and interpretation.
Professor Peter Howe, Scientific Advisor
Peter Howe is Professor of Nutrition Research in the School of Biomedical Sciences and Pharmacy and Director of the Clinical Nutrition Research Centre at the University of Newcastle. He is also an Adjunct Professor in Nutritional Physiology at the University of South Australia and Adjunct Professor in Physiology at the University of Adelaide. With an extensive track record of multidisciplinary preclinical and clinical research in nutrition, cardiovascular physiology, neuroscience and more recently mental health, he is a recognised authority on cardiovascular and metabolic health benefits of omega-3 fatty acids and other bioactive nutrients. Peter has published 250 papers with 6000 citations and has an H-index of 41. His goal is the scientific substantiation and promotion of health benefits of functional foods and nutraceuticals through collaborative partnerships with industry. He is joint Editor-in-Chief of the open access journal Nutrients and a Fellow of the Nutrition Society of Australia.
Tiffany Elvy, Communications Manager
Tiffany is a communications professional with a passion for natural health and more than 15 years experience supporting the fields of health, nutrition, sport, and wellbeing.
As communications manager, Tiffany works with Blackmores Institute’s team to develop credible, evidence-based natural health information to share with the wider community of healthcare professionals and researchers. This includes major education events, such as the Blackmores Institute Symposium, media relations and liaison with research bodies and partners, including the National Institute of Complementary Medicine, Macular Disease Foundation and Heart Research Institute.
Leonie Regan, Manager, Blackmores Advisory Service
Leonie is a naturopath with 30 years’ experience. Her 13-year career at Blackmores has spanned the Education and Advisory areas, leading to her current role of the Advisory Service Manager, where she leads a team of 12 naturopaths and a pharmacist advisor who take over 30,000 enquiries a year. This service also incorporates the Healthcare Professional Support Service, which takes enquiries from a range of health professionals on issues such as medicine interactions and drug/herb/nutrient co-prescribing. Prior to his Leonie oversaw development and delivery of Blackmores online education, launching a range of programs and building this area to support health professional users. As a Blackmores health trainer and educator, she has also lectured in complementary medicine to a range of audiences.
Leonie believes in supporting the quality use of Complementary Medicine by making evidence-based information in the area easily accessible to both consumers and health care providers.
Meralda Bateman, Education Manager
Meralda is a naturopath with qualifications in management, community pharmacy and education. She began her career in this area as a pharmacy assistant and quickly developed an abiding interest in the complementary medicines sector, deciding then to become a naturopath.
Meralda is passionate about disseminating knowledge in the area of complementary medicines by supporting health professionals and pharmacy assistants stay up to date with the latest scientific evidence and best practice guidelines.