The School of Chinese Medicine (SCM) has embarked on collaboration with the Taihu World Cultural Forum, Institute of Basic Research in Clinical Medicine of China Academy of Chinese Medical Sciences, Jinhui Television & Film Culture Co., Ltd, and Discovery Networks Asia-Pacific to produce a television documentary series on traditional Chinese medicine culture entitled “Tao-Materia Medica”.
This is the first time for Discovery to produce and broadcast a large-scale documentary on Chinese medicine culture. The five-episode programme will be broadcast in different languages in over 220 countries and regions. The first episode is scheduled for broadcast in 2018 to celebrate the 500th anniversary of the birth of Li Shizhen, renowned scholar in Chinese medicine.
Speaking at the press conference on the “Tao-Materia Medica” project held in Beijing on 25 November, Professor Zhao Zhongzhen, Associate Dean of SCM, said that Li Shizhen is one of the greatest scholars in Chinese medicine in ancient China whose masterpiece Compendium of Materia Medica was listed on the Memory of the World Programme of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation in 2011. Having launched the Compendium of Materia Medica Cultural Project in Hong Kong in April 2014, SCM initiated the documentary project and is a member of its core academic creative team.
The year 2018 will also see the celebration of the 20th anniversary of SCM which was established in 1999. To tie in with the celebration, SCM has stepped up efforts to promote Chinese medicine knowledge through multimedia channels so as to further advance the internationalisaton of Chinese medicine. In addition to participating in the production of the “Tao-Materia Medica” project, Discussing Materia Medica with Zhongzhen, an online lecture series consisting of 20 lectures by Professor Zhao, Associate Dean of SCM, has been broadcast online since this August.