Around 30 renowned mainland Chinese medicine experts as well as local Chinese medicine experts in bone and joint diseases delivered inspiring talks and shared their wealth of clinical experience at the Third Forum on Development of TCM

(Hong Kong) & Academic Conference on Bone and Joint Diseases held on the HKBU campus on 16 and 17 July.

The gathering is co-organised by HKBU, the Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macao Chinese Medicine Exchange and Cooperation Centre, the State Administration of Traditional Chinese Medicine (SATCM) of the People’s Republic of China, and the Specialty Committee of Bone and Joint Diseases of the World Federation of Chinese Medicine Societies (WFCMS). Co-hosts of the forum are the Hong Kong TCM Orthopaedic and Traumatic Association, the Hong Kong Association of Traditional Chinese Medicine, and the School of Chinese Medicine (SCM) of HKBU. The objective of the forum was not just to enlighten the audiences about advances in this area of Chinese medicine but also to promote its further development in Hong Kong.

The theme of the forum is “Chinese medicine treatment for bone and joint diseases: inheritance, innovation and development.” The forum attracted some 600 government officials, scholars and leading figures in the Chinese medicine sector from the Chinese mainland and Hong Kong, local experts in bone and joint diseases, registered Chinese medicine practitioners as well as faculty members, students and alumni of SCM.

The officiating party of the opening ceremony included Director of the Department of International Cooperation (Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan Affairs Office) of SATCM Ms Wang Xiaopin, Director of the Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macao Chinese Medicine Exchange and Cooperation Centre of SATCM Professor Yang Jinsheng, Secretary for Food and Health of the HKSAR Government Professor Sophia Chan, Director of Health of the HKSAR Government Dr Constance Chan, Dean of HKBU’s SCM Professor Lyu Aiping, Vice Secretary-General of WFCMS Professor Chen Lixin, Deputy Director-General of the Coordination Department of the Liaison Office of the Central People’s Government in the HKSAR Mr Zhang Fang, as well as representatives of the co-organisers and supporting organisations.

In his speech, Professor Lyu Aiping said that orthopaedics and traumatology are an integral part of Chinese medicine. With their proven efficacy in bone setting manipulation in relieving bone and joint pains, orthopaedics and traumatology are a core speciality in mainland Chinese medicine hospitals. The forum was organised to provide experts and scholars with a platform to conduct exchanges and discuss ways and means of promoting the development of orthopaedics and traumatology.