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SCM co-organises “Frontiers of Integrative Medicine – Clinical Challenges and Future Directions” conference

20 Mar 2017

Honourable guests and experts officiate at the opening ceremony of the conference
Honourable guests and experts officiate at the opening ceremony of the conference

The School of Chinese Medicine (SCM) co-organised a conference and workshop on “Frontiers of Integrative Medicine – Clinical Challenges and Future Directions” on campus from 11 to 12 March. A total of 20 experts in the field of integrative medicine and about 450 participants in the academic and professional sectors in Western and Chinese medicine gathered to explore the challenges and direction of integrative medicine.

With funding support from the Innovation and Technology Commission, the event was organised by Hong Kong Association for Integration of Chinese-Western Medicine (HKAIM) and co-organised by three local universities offering Chinese medicine programmes. Officiating at the opening ceremony were Dr Ko Wing-man, Secretary for Food and Health; Dr Chan Hon-yee, Director of Health; Ms Choi Suk-han, Commissioner for Innovation and Technology; Professor Chen Keji, Academician of the China Academy of Sciences and President of the China Association of Integrative Medicine; Professor Joseph Sung, President and Vice Chancellor of The Chinese University of Hong Kong; and Professor Bian Zhaoxiang, President of HKAIM, Associate Vice-President, and Director of Clinical Division, SCM, HKBU.

Conference chairmen Professor Bian Zhaoxiang and Dr Yu Chao-leung, former president of HKAIM, said that in 2013 the HKSAR Government announced initiatives to promote integrated Chinese-Western medicine services, enhance the role of Chinese medicine in out-patient services and conduct the “Integrated Chinese-Western Medicine Pilot Programme” which have delivered significant results and valuable clinical experiences. In this year’s Policy Address, the Government mentioned the plan to establish a Chinese medicine hospital. The practice of integrated Chinese-Western medicine, with Chinese medicine having the predominant role, will become the strategic direction for this initiative. The policy affirms the substantial role of integrated Chinese-Western medicine in clinical practice.

Professor Bian pointed out that it is now the best time for the development of integrative medicine. The Conference, as an interactive platform, brought together medical professionals from all sides and could enable cooperation and research on integrated Chinese-Western medicine to develop innovative “evidence-based” clinical protocols in the future.
At the two-day conference and workshop, Professor Bian Zhaoxiang, Dr Liu Yulong, Principal Lecturer of Clinical Division, SCM, together with other experts gave inspiring talks on how to develop integrative medicine in Hong Kong and its practicalities, challenges and future directions, as well as conducting thorough discussions on atopy, cardio-cerebral vascular diseases, digestive diseases and breast cancer with case presentation.