About 600 scholars, research experts and entrepreneurs in Chinese medicine from around the world gathered in Hong Kong from 23 to 25 August to participate in the 9th Meeting of the Consortium for Globalization of Chinese Medicine (CGCM) to discuss the development of Chinese medicine.
Organised by the School of Chinese Medicine of HKBU, the Meeting generated insights and plans on the future development of Chinese medicine worldwide as well as enhanced the advancement of Chinese medicine in the areas of education, research, provision of medical services and product development. It also contributed greatly to the protection of traditional Chinese medicine, which has been regarded as part of Hong Kong's "intangible cultural heritage".
Officiating at the opening ceremony were Professor Gabriel Leung, Under Secretary for Food and Health, Food and Health Bureau, HKSAR Government; Professor Tommy Cheng, Chairman of the Consortium for Globalization of Chinese Medicine and Henry Bronson Professor of Pharmacology, Yale University, USA; Professor Albert Chan, President and Vice-Chancellor, HKBU; Professor Tsui Lap-chee, Vice-Chancellor and President, The University of Hong Kong; Professor Paul Tam, Pro-Vice-Chancellor and Vice-President, The University of Hong Kong; Dr. Paul Coates, Director, Office of Dietary Supplements, National Institutes of Health, USA; Professor Pei Gang, President, Tongji University, Shanghai; and Professor Liu Liang, Dean of the School of Chinese Medicine, HKBU and convenor of the Meeting.
In his speech, Professor Leung said the Government supports promoting the development of Chinese medicine and has maintained active liaisons with its counterparts internationally including the World Health Organisation (WHO) to explore how best to facilitate the further development of Chinese medicine, including keeping its regulatory framework fit for the purpose and up to date.
Professor Liu, the convener of the Meeting, said that since he assumed duty as the Dean of the School in 2000, he has witnessed the dynamic development of Chinese Medicine education in Hong Kong. Apart from providing quality Chinese medicine education, the School has also been working hand-in-hand with governing and regulatory bodies such as the WHO, State Administration of Traditional Chinese Medicine of China and the Department of Health of the HKSAR Government towards a globalised governance structure in the field of Chinese medicine.
During the three-day meeting, 18 parallel sessions were held for participants to have in-depth discussions on various topics related to the globalisation of Chinese medicine including international collaborations, education, regulatory affairs, clinical trials and herbal resources.
(From left) Professor Paul Tam, Professor Albert Chan, Dr. Paul Coutes, Professor Tommy Cheng, Professor Gabriel Leung, Professor Pei Gang, Professor Tsui Lap-chee and Professor Liu Liang officiate at the opening ceremony