The high-level Forum on 2018 Chinese Medicine Culture Development & Inauguration Ceremony of The Palace Museum Research Institute's Chinese Medicine Culture Study Research Institute was held in Beijing on 17–19 October. A key component of the Fifth Annual Conference of the Taihu World Cultural Forum, the event brought together senior government officials, top Chinese medicine professionals and scholars from Europe, Brazil, Korea, the Chinese mainland and Hong Kong to exchange views under the theme of "Traditional Medicine and Human Health, Building a Community of Shared Future for Mankind".
Speaking of the significance of establishing a Chinese Medicine Culture Study Research Institute under the Palace Museum Research Institute at the Forum, Professor Lyu Aiping, Dean of School of Chinese Medicine (SCM), Hong Kong Baptist University, said combining the scientific value and theoretical value of the cultural relics housed in the Palace Museum would help introduce the scientific elements of Chinese medicine to the world. Other HKBU scholars joining him at the Forum were Professor Zhao Zhongzhen, Associate Dean of SCM, and Professor Chen Hubiao, Professor of the Teaching and Research Division, SCM.
The Forum also featured the premiere of the trailer of "Tao-Materia Medica", a television documentary series on traditional Chinese medicine culture, jointly produced by Taihu World Cultural Forum, Institute of Basic Research in Clinical Medicine of China Academy of Chinese Medical Sciences, Jinhui Television & Film Culture Co. Ltd, Discovery Networks Asia-Pacific and SCM. The documentary series was initiated by SCM as a part of its "Materia Medica Cultural Project" started in 2014 to commemorate the 500th anniversary of the birth of Li Shizhen.