The International Research Council supports individual and cooperative research in the field of Anthroposophic Medicine, as well as furthering the development of a suitable research culture. This includes promoting personal communication between scientists within the anthroposophic-medical movement, advancing the structural prerequisites for scientific research – such as training and further training, communication, documentation and publication – as well as ensuring quality in the scientific work and, in so far as necessary, the development of quality standards.
The executive board of the Research Council initiates most of its activities. The board's current members are the Medical Section head and Prof. Dr. med. Erik Baars, Prof. Dr. med Peter Heusser, Dr. med. Helmut Kiene, Prof. Dr. med. Harald Matthes, Prof. Dr. med. Peter Matthiessen.
The Research Council advises the Medical Section and supporting foundations when needed. It has put forward various research programmes and ideas for promoting scientific research in Anthroposophic Medicine.
The Research Council meets annually within the context of the Medical Section's annual autumn conference, deciding on the organization of international congresses on research in Anthroposophic Medicine.
The members of the executive board support research projects around the world.