National Research Center in Complementary and Alternative Medicine, Norway


Vinjar Fonnebo

The National Research Center in Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NAFKAM) is organized as a center at The Faculty of Medicine, The University of Tromsø, Norway, and is funded by the Norwegian Ministry of Health and Care Services.

The center promotes, implements and coordinates Norwegian research in complementary and alternative treatment.The center emphasises multidisciplinary research. In addition NAFKAM is working with education, consultancy services, international and national cooperation/network building and information.


Our objectives are to give an understanding of alternative medicine as a system or as concrete alternative medical methods, and how it as such can contribute to the reduction and/or the shortening of diseases or experiences of diseases, to the improvement of the quality of life and to strengthen the ability to manage diseases.