Professor Lu Aiping continues to serve on Expert Advisory Committee of Department of Health Sciences of NSFC

20 June 2014

 

At the first meeting of the Third Expert Advisory Committee of the Department of Health Sciences of the National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC) was held in Beijing in early June, Professor Lu Aiping, Dean of the School of Chinese Medicine (SCM) of the Hong Kong Baptist University (HKBU), was presented the letter appointing him as a member of the Third Expert Advisory Committee of the Department of Health Sciences.  Among the 21 members of the Committee, Professor Lu is the only member representing the Chinese medicine sector and the sole member from Hong Kong.  While he served on the Second Expert Advisory Committee in the capacity as Deputy Director of the Institute of Basic Research in Clinical Medicine of the China Academy of Chinese Medical Sciences, Professor Lu now serves a new term in his capacity as an expert from HKBU.

In 1996, the State Council approved the establishment of the National Natural Science Fund to provide funding for scientific research and exchange.  The NSFC, a body at the ministerial level, has been established to manage the National Natural Science Fund.  There are eight academic departments under NSFC and each of them has an expert advisory committee to formulate the directions of development and the funding strategies in the scientific area for which it is responsible, and to ensure a balanced, well-coordinated and sustainable development in all of the eight areas.

Pursuant to the “13th five-year plan” of the country, China will develop into an advanced and innovative country by 2020.  To contribute to the fulfillment of this strategic goal, the Department of Health Science has to formulate the development of the field of medical sciences for the next five years or beyond, including formulating the development strategies, working out the priority funding areas; setting specific funding objectives and indicators for developing the field medical sciences, nurturing talents and promoting innovation; and working out balanced, well-coordinated and sustainable strategies for the development of the field.  Immediately following the first meeting of the Third Expert Advisory Committee of the Department of Health Sciences was held the inaugural meeting on the strategy for the development of the medical science area to contribute to the “13th five-year plan”.

To work out the strategic development plan for the field of medical sciences to contribute to the fulfillment of the objectives of the “13th five-year plan”, the Department of Health Sciences has set up an “Expert Group” to compile a full report on the strategic development plan for the field of medical sciences and the priority development areas.  It has also set up a “Working Group” to conduct studies and formulate a report on the strategies for development in the field of medical sciences as well as a report on the strategies for development in the 28 specific areas of the field of medical science.  Professor Lu is a member of both the Expert Group and the Working Group.  As Chairman of the Chinese medicine Sub-group under the Working Group, he is responsible for leading the studies and preparing the report for the field of Chinese medicine.

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