To celebrate the 500th anniversary in 2018 of Li Shizhen, a great scholar of Chinese medicine who authored the Compendium of Materia Medica, the School of Chinese Medicine has embarked on a Compendium of Materia Medica Cultural Project and hosted a Project Launch Ceremony on Saturday (26 April). Government officials together with experts and scholars in the field from China, Taiwan, Macau and Hong Kong were invited to officiate at the launch of this important project to promote Chinese medicine culture. The launch ceremony was witnessed by about 400 participants including leading figures from the Chinese medicine sector and Chinese medicines industry, local registered Chinese medicine practitioners as well as teachers, students and alumni of the SCM and scholars of other local universities.
Following the ceremony, a Cross-Strait Four-Region Chinese Medicine Forum was held for 13 renowned experts and scholars from the four regions to share with the audience their insights into the promotion of Chinese medicine culture, quality of Chinese medicines and research and development of products as well as the use of Chinese medicine to treat and prevent a number of chronic diseases.
Officiating at the ceremony were Professor Zhang Wenkang, Member of the Standing Committee of the 11th Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference; Mr Wang Zhiyong, Vice Commissioner, State Administration of Traditional Chinese Medicine, PRC; Dr Ko Wing-man, Secretary for Food and Health, HKSAR; Dr Constance Chan, Director of Health, HKSAR; Professor John Leong, Chairman, Hospital Authority; Professor Huang Yi-tsau, Director, Research Institute of Chinese Medicine, Taiwan; Dr Daniel Tse, Council Chairman, University of Macau; Mr Tang Yiyuan, Director-General, Taiwan Affairs Department, Liaison Office of the Central People’s Government in the HKSAR; Professor Wang Yitao, Secretary-General, International Society for Chinese Medicine (Macau); Mr Conrad Lee, Chairman, Kowloon Chamber of Commerce; Mr Tommy Li, Executive President, Hong Kong Chinese Medicine Industry Association; Dr Chan Wing-kwong, Chairman, Hong Kong Registered Chinese Medicine Practitioners Association; Mr Alan Wong, Vice President, Health TV; Dr Elvin Lee, Chairman, Wan Li Book Co Ltd; Mr Cheng Yan-kee, Chairman of the Council and the Court, HKBU; Professor Albert Chan, President and Vice-Chancellor; and Professor Lu Aiping, Dean, School of Chinese Medicine.
The Compendium of Materia Medica was the first masterpiece on Chinese herbal medicines in China and had far-reaching impact. It was listed in the Memory of the World Programme of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation in 2011. The Compendium of Materia Medica Cultural Project initiated by HKBU consists of a 50-espisode documentary on Chinese medicine produced in collaboration with Health TV and a two-volume book on Chinese materia medica introducing the development of Chinese medicine in the international arena and the latest developments in traditional medicine around the world.
Speaking at the ceremony, Professor Zhang Wenkang affirmed the importance of the project which, he believed, would have a positive impact on the internationalisation of Chinese medicine. Mr Wang Zhiyong said that the Forum was a high-level platform attended by top scholars and experts from the four regions in the country. He looked forward to further strengthening collaboration and exchange in the field of Chinese medicine in the country and beyond.
In his speech, Professor Albert Chan said that the University attaches great importance to the development of the discipline of Chinese medicine and fully supports SCM’s aspirations to excel in education, research and the provision of medical services as well as to contribute to the development of Chinese medicine. The University applauds the great ingenuity of SCM’s Compendium of Materia Medica Cultural Project and looks forward to the availability of the documentary in different language versions so as to spread Chinese medicine culture to all corners of the world. Professor Chan also extended his gratitude to Government officials and academics from China, Taiwan, Macau and Hong Kong for their participation in the Forum and hoped that the lectures delivered by renowned scholars and experts would provide new insights into the treatment and prevention of a number of common chronic diseases.
Honourable guests officiate at the Compendium of Materia Medica Cultural Project Launch Ceremony
Professor Zhao Zhongzhen (right), Associate Dean of the School of Chinese Medicine, launches his two new books at the Ceremony