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School of Chinese Medicine appoints seven distinguished scholars in Chinese medicine as Honorary Professors

09 Oct 2015

Professor Rick Wong (left), Vice-President (Research and Development), and Professor Lu Aiping (right), Dean of the School of Chinese Medicine, present certificates of appointment to (from second left) Professor Yang Shilin, Professor Robert Verpoorte, Professor Chao Enxiang, Professor Liu Baoyan, and Professor Wang Qi
Professor Rick Wong (left), Vice-President (Research and Development), and Professor Lu Aiping (right), Dean of the School of Chinese Medicine, present certificates of appointment to (from second left) Professor Yang Shilin, Professor Robert Verpoorte, Professor Chao Enxiang, Professor Liu Baoyan, and Professor Wang Qi

The School of Chinese Medicine (SCM) appointed seven distinguished scholars as Honorary Professors at its 6th Honorary Professorship Conferment Ceremony-cum-Seminar today (9 October) to recognise their significant achievements in and outstanding contribution to the field of Chinese medicine. Following the ceremony there was a seminar at which the Honorary Professors shared their expert knowledge, research findings and clinical experience with the 150-member audience which included local Chinese medicine practitioners, teachers, students and alumni of SCM.

 

The seven distinguished scholars are: Professor Chao Enxiang, National TCM Master, Chief Physician of China-Japan Friendship Hospital; Professor Chen Dacan (in absentia), President of Guangdong Provincial Hospital of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Second Affiliated Hospital of Guangzhou University of Chinese Medicine and Guangdong Provincial Academy of Chinese Medical Sciences; Professor Chen Xiangmei (in absentia), Academician of Chinese Academy of Engineering, Professor and Chief Physician of Chinese People’s Liberation Army General Hospital; Professor Liu Baoyan, Chief Researcher of China Academy of Chinese Medical Sciences; Professor Robert Verpoorte, Emeritus Professor of Natural Products Laboratory, Institute of Biology, Leiden University, The Netherlands; Professor Wang Qi, National TCM Master, Tenured Professor of Beijing University of Chinese Medicine; and Professor Yang Shilin, Director of National Engineering Research Center for Manufacturing Technology of TCM Solid Preparation and Chief Professor of Jiangxi University of Traditional Chinese Medicine.

 

Speaking at the ceremony, Professor Rick Wong, Vice-President (Research and Development), praised the Honorary Professors, saying they are leaders in the field of Chinese medicine, excellent role models for teachers and students of SCM, and exemplary members of the community. With their profound knowledge, outstanding achievements in research and excellent clinical skills, they have set a very high standard for the faculty and students of SCM. He expressed the hope that the School could build a close relationship with the Honorary Professors in the future, so that apart from visiting the University to enlighten and inspire faculty and students, they would also embark on collaborations with the School.

 

At the seminar, a veteran Chinese medicine expert who has been practising Chinese medicine for more than 50 years, Professor Chao Enxiang shared with the audience the ways and means to nurture Chinese medicine talents with excellent clinical skills and caring spirit during a talk entitled “My insight into ancient and modern training methods of TCM doctors” while Professor Liu Baoyan introduced how Chinese medicine experts have been taking advantage of big data and the internet to advance the development of Chinese medicine in his talk entitled “Challenge and opportunity of TCM syndrome differentiation and treatment in the Age of Big Data”. Professor Robert Verpoorte elucidated in his talk entitled “Synergy: easier to say than to prove” how a synergistic approach helps bring natural products and medicinal plants to the forefront of drug discovery. Professor Wang Qi, who has been engaged in Chinese medicine research for several decades, gave an insightful lecture entitled “Three questions that TCM clinical researchers faced and their answers” while Professor Yang Shilin spoke about one of his research projects entitled “The research and development of total pulchinenosides (TPs) as a new anti-schistosoma drug”.