The 5th Annual Meeting of GP-TCM Research Association-cum- Summit on Compendium of Materia Medica and Innovative Drug Discovery in Chinese Medicine

9-10 August 2016


Photos & Videos

Photos and videos of this event are now available - please click here.


"The 5th Annual Meeting of GP-TCM Research Association-cum-Summit on Compendium of Materia Medica and Innovative Drug Discovery in Chinese Medicine", jointly organised by the School of Chinese Medicine of Hong Kong Baptist University, GP-TCM Research Association and TCM Pharmaceutical Analysis Specialty Committee of WFCMS, will be held on 9–10 August 2016 on the campus of Hong Kong Baptist University, Hong Kong.

Objectives and Themes of the Meeting-cum-Summit

Chinese medicine is one of the treasures of Chinese culture. In recent decades, its use has spread far and wide and there is increasing recognition of its value worldwide. The Meeting-cum-Summit provides an interactive platform for the exchange of the latest research findings of meeting participants to foster academic excellence in Chinese medicine.

This international academic event is hosted by the School of Chinese Medicine to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Hong Kong Baptist University. The details are set out below.


  • Promote discussion and implementation of good practice in TCM research and development, high-quality evidence-based research on TCM as well as the integration of Chinese medicine and conventional medicine;
  • Revisit the significant contributions made by Li Shizhen, the author of the Compendium of Materia Medica, to the development of Chinese medicine and discuss new insights into his work;
  • Explore new strategies for and approaches to new drug discovery and the standardization of Chinese materia medica with a view to contributing to the advancement, modernization and internationalization of Chinese medicine as well as health and well-being.


  • Quality control
  • Pharmacology and toxicology
  • Regulatory matters and standardization
  • Clinical studies
  • Acupuncture
  • Compendium of Materia Medica
  • New drug discovery strategies and approaches

Abstract Submission - Closed
Abstract submission for poster presentations at the Meeting-cum-Summit has now passed.

Awards available:
  1. 5 Best Poster Awards of HK$4,200 each;
  2. 5 Travel Awards of HK$4,200 each; abstracts are submitted by PhD students will be reviewed by members of the scientific committee. Winners have to be student members of GPTCM-RA and membership of GPTCM-RA is free to students. Please visit membership application.

For more information about poster presentation, please click here.



8 August 2016 (Monday)
14:00 – 15:30 5/F, AAB Registration
Group A
15:30 – 18:00 AAB502 Quality Control Interest Group
Chairpersons: Prof. Kelvin CHAN and Prof. Yuan-Shiun CHANG
Report and discussion on:
  • Progress of QC Requirement of Herbal Products Prescribed by CM Practitioners in the UK, Prof. Monique SIMMONDS
  Pharmacology and Toxicology Interest Group
Chairperson: Prof. Pierre DUEZ
Report and discussion on:
  • Overview on Progress of the Pharmacology-toxicology Interest Group, Prof. Pierre DUEZ
  • TCM as Treasure for Anticancer Drugs Discovery, Dr. Jian-ye ZHANG
  • Interactions of Herbal Extracts with Drugs: Possible Mechanisms, Prof. Valérian BUNEL and Prof. Pierre DUEZ
  Regulatory Aspects Interest Group
Chairpersons: Prof. Tai-Ping FAN and Dr. Emiel van GALEN
Group B
15:30 – 18:00 AAB504 Clinical Studies Interest Group
Chairpersons: Prof. Ai-Ping LU and Prof. Jing-Yan Han
Report and discussion on:
Clinical trials are a key research tool for advancing Chinese medicine (CM). Although clinical trials of CM are emerging, a large number of them have deficiencies in design, conduct, analysis, presentation, and/or interpretation of results. Improvements have occurred over the past few decades, but too many trials are still conducted without adequate attention to its operating procedure, especially some essential characteristics of CM that influence the efficacy evaluation. Certainly, numerous studies could have been upgraded if the investigators had had a better understanding of standard operating procedure in good clinical research practice for CM (SOPGCRP-CM).

Consequently, Good Practice in Traditional Chinese Medicine (GP-TCM) may issue a SOPGCRP-CM on the recommendation of a clinical practice of the institute. In the pre-meeting interest group discussion section, we hope to discuss fundamental concepts in improving the quality of clinical trials of CM with examples from investigators'experience and the literature. And, the SOPGCRP-CM drafting group members must present an outline to council with an explanatory memorandum which:
  • I. explains how and why the SOPGCRP-CM has been developed;
  • II. confirms that the SOPGCRP-CM drafting committee has properly consulted with relevant and interested members of GP-TCM and external experts;
  • III. discusses the extent to which the SOPGCRP-CM represents generally accepted clinical practices and techniques; and
  • IV. confirms that the outline of SOPGCRP-CM has been drafted.
  Acupuncture – Moxibustion and Meridians Interest Group
Chairpersons: Prof. Nicola ROBINSON and Prof Jian-Ping LIU
Report by Prof. Jian-Ping LIU and Prof. Myeong Soo LEE
Discussion on:
  • What are the evidence gaps for acupuncture – how can these be identified?
  • What is the importance of mechanism studies – new theories and suggested mechanisms?
  • Is the evidence for acupuncture strong enough – what trial design/ methodologies?
  • Does evidence reflect TCM theories?
  • How should evidence be disseminated – education, CPD, revalidation?
  • How does this impact on patient care internationally?
  • Is evidence relevant to practice – for the patient/practitioner?
  • Does evidence influence implementation?
  • Is their bias in the selection of evidence used in guidelines and policy and why?
18:30 – 20:30 Welcome Dinner (by Invitation Only)
20:30 – 21:30 GP-TCM Research Association Board Meeting (Board Members Only)



Activity Location
Date Activities Location
8 August 2016
Interest Groups AAB 502 / AAB 504, Level 5,
Academic and Administration Building, 15 Baptist University Road, Kowloon Tong
9 August 2016
Plenary session Dr. Hari Harilela Lecture Theatre (WLB 103),
The Wing Lung Bank Building for Business Studies, 34 Renfrew Road, Kowloon Tong
Parallel session 1 Dr. Hari Harilela Lecture Theatre (WLB 103),
The Wing Lung Bank Building for Business Studies, 34 Renfrew Road, Kowloon Tong
Parallel session 2 Mrs. Padma Harilela Lecture Theatre (WLB 104),
The Wing Lung Bank Building for Business Studies, 34 Renfrew Road, Kowloon Tong
Parallel session 3 WLB 211, Level 2,
The Wing Lung Bank Building for Business Studies, 34 Renfrew Road, Kowloon Tong
Poster Presentation Lobby, Level 1,
Lam Woo International Conference Centre, 34 Renfrew Road, Kowloon Tong
Lunch & Gala Dinner Renfrew Restaurant,
Level 2, David C. Lam Building, 34 Renfrew Road, Kowloon Tong
10 August 2016
Plenary session Dr. Hari Harilela Lecture Theatre (WLB 103),
The Wing Lung Bank Building for Business Studies, 34 Renfrew Road, Kowloon Tong
Workshop Mrs. Padma Harilela Lecture Theatre (WLB 104),
The Wing Lung Bank Building for Business Studies, 34 Renfrew Road, Kowloon Tong
Lunch Renfrew Restaurant,
Level 2, David C. Lam Building, 34 Renfrew Road, Kowloon Tong


Meeting Information
Date 9-10 August 2016 (Tuesday - Wednesday)
Venue Please refer to the table above.

2016/08/08: How to get to AAB Building? Please click here
2016/08/09-10: How to get to WLB Building? Please click here
How to get to Hong Kong Baptist University? Please click here
Language English is the primary language used at the Meeting-cum-Summit. Unless otherwise noted in the preliminary or final program, sessions will be held in English.
Registration Fee: HK$1,200 (Please click here for details)
Accommodation Information: A number of rooms has been reserved at group rate at:
Reservation should be made by completing and returning the reservation form to the hotel desired. Hotel rooms will be made on a first-come-first-served basis. Accommodation arrangement is solely a business transaction between the hotel and delegates. The event secretariat does not guarantee the room availability in any one of the hotels and is not involved the accommodation arrangement.


The First Announcement

The Second Announcement

Abstract Presentation Guidelines

Organising Committee

Please click here for the list of members in the Organising Committee.


Please click here for the Speakers List.


  Pre-meeting Interest Group Discussions
  Opening Ceremony


Meeting Programme

Registration Fee

HK$1,200 includes:

  • Admission to all lectures and poster sessions of the Meeting-cum-Summit;
  • Coffee breaks and lunches;
  • Gala dinner (on 9 August 2016);
  • A one-year membership of GP-TCM Research Association upon successful application for membership of GP-TCM RA in 2016.


Please visit for membership application. A notification of successful payment for registration has to be sent to Membership Secretary of GP-TCM RA for record.

Some competitive grants that will cover at least the registration fee will be available for application by students.


You are encouraged to make payment online by Visa or MasterCard from 1 February 2016 onwards.
Please Note: Admission to all the activities of the Meeting-cum-Summit will be granted only if the organisers have received the registration fee.

Cancellation Policy

In case of cancellation, a written notification must be sent to the Meeting Secretariat ( The amount of the refund is as follows:



Date of receiving notification Amount of refund
Before 15 June 2016 Full refund minus bank charges
15 June – 15 July 2016 50 % of fee paid minus bank charges
After 15 July 2016 No refund



Adverse Weather Arrangements

Organiser will enact special arrangements under severe weather conditions. Please refer to the list below to see the arrangements that correspond to each such condition.

Warning Signal Issued by the Hong Kong Observatory Conference Arrangement
Tropical Cyclone Signal No.1/No.3; or "Amber" or "Red" Rainstorm Warning Proceed as scheduled.
Tropical Cyclone Signal No.8 or above; or
"Black" Rainstorm Warning
Signal issued prior to Meeting:
- At or before 8am, morning sessions will be cancelled; if the signal is hoisted until 1:30pm, afternoon sessions will be cancelled.

Signal issued while Meeting is in progress:
- If Tropical Cyclone Signal No.8 or above is hoisted, all meeting activities in progress will be suspended as soon as practicable. All participants will be advised to leave as soon as possible.
- If "Black" Rainstorm Warning is issued, all meeting activities will continue. Participants will be advised to stay on campus until the signal is lowered or the meeting comes to an end, whichever the earlier.

* If Tropical Cyclone Signal No.8 or above or "Black" Rainstorm Warning is in force at 4pm on 9 August 2016, the Gala Dinner on that evening will be cancelled.

Emergency contact: 3411 2904

Important Dates
Deadline for abstract submission: 10 June 2016 5:00 pm (Hong Kong Time) (Updated)
Notification of acceptance of abstract: 27 June 2016
Deadline for registration: 30 July 2016
The Meeting-cum-Summit: 9-10 August 2016
Contact Information
Telephone: +852-3411 2064
Facsimile: +852-3411 2902
Address: Secretariat, 4/F, School of Chinese Medicine, 7 Baptist University Road, Kowloon
Know more about the organisers

School of Chinese Medicine,
Hong Kong Baptist University

Institute of Creativity,
Hong Kong Baptist University

GP-TCM Research Association

World Federation of
Chinese Medicine Societies