HKBU hosts international Chinese medicine meeting-cum-summit
09 Aug 2016
The School of Chinese Medicine (SCM) is hosting “The 5th Annual Meeting of GP-TCM Research Association-cum-Summit on Compendium of Materia Medica and Innovative Drug Discovery in Chinese Medicine” in collaboration with the GP-TCM Research Association and TCM Pharmaceutical Analysis Specialty Committee of WFCMS on 9 and 10 August on HKBU campus. The event’s main objectives are to promote the sharing of good practices in TCM R&D and evidence-based research on TCM, and to explore new strategies for and approaches to new drug discovery and standardisation of Chinese materia medica.
A major international event in the field of Chinese medicine in the academic arena, the two-day Meeting-cum-Summit features talks by 58 top scholars and experts from 15 countries and regions, including the US, the UK, Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Australia, Russia, Japan, South Korea, India, Mainland China, Taiwan, Macau and Hong Kong. Covering a wide spectrum of topics ranging from quality control, pharmacology and toxicology, regulatory matters and standardisation, clinical studies, acupuncture, the Compendium of Materia Medica, to new drug discovery, the event has attracted more than 150 participants comprising scholars, scientists, teachers and students in Chinese medicine as well as representatives from research institutions from various countries and districts. Through the enlightening talks, the audience was able to update themselves with the latest research findings and learn more about the potential and future direction of research in the field of Chinese medicine.
The Opening Cermeony was officiated by Professor Sophia Chan, Under Secretary for Food and Health, HKSAR Government; Dr Constance Chan, Director of Health, HKSAR Government; Ms Annie Choi, Commissioner for Innovation and Technology, HKSAR Government; Professor Xiao Shiying, Vice Director General of China National Centre for Biotechnology Development, Ministry of Science and Technology, The People’s Republic of China; Professor Albert Chan, Chairman of Academic Committee, Sun Yat-Sen University; Professor Rick Wong, Vice-President (Research & Development), HKBU; Mr Abraham Chan, Chairman, PuraPharm Corporation Limited; Ms Chow Ying, China Life Science Sales Director of The Laboratory Solutions Sales, Agilent Technologies (China) Co, Ltd; Miss Agnes Wong, Vice-President, HKBU Century Club; Professor Guo Dean, President, GP-TCM Research Association; and Professor Lu Aiping, Dean of School of Chinese Medicine, HKBU.
In his speech, Professor Lu Aiping said that in view of the increasing popularity of Chinese medicine and the growing recognition of its therapeutic benefits worldwide, evidence-based CM research is of utmost importance in advancing its development and incorporating it into mainstream healthcare systems. He thanked both the Ministry of Science and Technology and the HKSAR Government for their staunch support throughout the years of the work in Chinese medicine as well as their ardent support for this event which he believed will inspire the audience to conduct more and better research in the years to come.
A Book Launch Ceremony of “An Illustrated Chinese Materia Medica in Hong Kong” was held at the Opening Ceremony. The book, which is the fruit of a project led by Professor Zhao Zhongzhen, Associate Dean of SCM, was funded by the Innovation and Technology Commission and sponsored by Eu Yan Sang (HK) Limited, with Professor Zhao as chief editor. In addition, there was a poster presentation of abstracts of academic papers at the event and five Best Poster Awards and six Travel Awards will be presented to the winners at the Closing Ceremony scheduled for 10 August.
The Meeting-cum-Summit was organised to celebrate the 60th anniversary of HKBU with the support from the Institute of Creativity of HKBU, and with the PuraPharm Corporation Limited, Agilent Technologies, Qingfeng Pharmaceutical Group, Hung Hin Shiu Charitable Foundation and HKBU Century Club as the sponsoring bodies.