Professor CHEN Keji (1st COT Award Winner)

Professor Chen Keji Professor Chen Keji
Affiliation at the time of the Award:
  • Academician of the Chinese Academy of Sciences
  • Director of Cardiovascular Center at Xiyuan Hospital of the China Academy of Chinese Medical Sciences



Professor Chen Keji, Academician of the Chinese Academy of Sciences and Director of Cardiovascular Center at Xiyuan Hospital of the China Academy of Chinese Medical Sciences, has been committed to the research of blood stasis and blood activation and stasis removal for the past 50 years. He is one of the founders and forerunners of integrative medicine in China, and has made tremendous contributions to the internationalization and research of Chinese medicine.

In the scientific research of Chinese medicine, Professor Chen was the first to advocate the use of blood activating and stasis removing medicinals, which helped to significantly boost the effectiveness of Chinese medicines in treating cardiovascular diseases. He also developed a range of new blood activating and stasis removing Chinese medicinals for the treatment of coronary heart disease, and in turn generated significant social and economic benefits which advocated the modernization of the research on new Chinese medicines. The diagnostic criteria for blood stasis and the identification and treatment evaluation for coronary heart disease that he devised have become national standards in China over the past 30 years. He also presided over the traditional differentiation of blood activating and stasis removing medicinals, and the modern differentiation of blood stasis symptoms through a combination of micro-and-macro perspectives, which served as a basis for clinical practice. He also founded the key research laboratory, discipline of study, and specialist center for cardiology under the State Administration of Traditional Chinese Medicine, constituting one of the most active drivers in the Chinese medical research of cardiovascular diseases in China.

In inheriting and popularizing Chinese medicine studies and promoting international exchange on Chinese medicine, Professor Chen presided over the recovery and collation of some 30,000 primitive medical files from the Qing imperial court, and has published such works as Research on Medical Cases in Qing Court. His efforts helped to fill the blank in the sucession of traditional Chinese medicine and received high praises from Chinese and Western specialists and academics alike. Professor Chen founded the Chinese and English editions of Chinese Journal of Integrative Medicine, the former of which ranked among the most quoted journals of its kind while the latter being listed as a SCI-E journal – the first Chinese medicine journal to be listed in the SCI index. He has also convened as the President three consecutive World Integrative Medicine Congresses, which was praised as a world famous conference that helped bring together Chinese and western medicine.

Professor Chen's outstanding contributions to Chinese medicine are recognized by all sectors. In 2003, he was awarded the Top Prize of National Science and Technology Progress and has received over a dozen ministry level awards, numerous international academic awards, awards on outstanding scientific achievements, and international awards on the contribution to Chinese medicine. In 2007, he was selected as representative successor of the traditional medicine category of China's non-material cultural heritage.