The School of Chinese Medicine (SCM) organised the 7th Honorary Professorship Conferment Ceremony-cum-Seminar on 21 October to recognise five distinguished scholars for their outstanding achievements in, and substantial contribution to, the field of Chinese medicine.

 

The five distinguished scholars are: Professor Lu Zhizheng, National TCM Master, Chief Physician of Guang'anmen Hospital, China Academy of Chinese Medical Sciences; Professor Cheng Jing, Academician of Chinese Academy of Engineering, Professor of Medical Systems Biology Research Center and Department of Biomedical Engineering, School of Medicine, Tsinghua University; Professor Cao Hongxin, Chief Researcher of China Academy of Chinese Medical Sciences; Professor Huang Luqi, Academician of Chinese Academy of Engineering, Executive Vice President of China Academy of Chinese Medical Sciences; and Professor Liu Ping, Professor of Shanghai University of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Chief Researcher of E-Institute of Chinese Internal Medicine, Shanghai Municipal Education Commission.

Professor Cao Hongxin and Professor Liu Ping attended the ceremony and received the appointment certificates from President and Vice-Chancellor Professor Roland Chin. They then delivered lectures on the “Effects of Chinese medicine on infectious diseases” and “Effect mechanism of different efficacy prescription on liver cirrhosis based on clinical disease pathogenesis correspondence” respectively. About 250 people attended the lectures and they included teachers, students and alumni of SCM as well as local Chinese medicine practitioners.  

Speaking at the ceremony, Dean of SCM Professor Lyu Aiping commended the Honorary Professors, saying that they have devoted their talents and efforts to the field of Chinese medicine and made outstanding contribution to the development of Chinese medicine and public health. He hoped the Honorary Professors can maintain close contact with the School and in future embark on joint collaborations.

On the same day, SCM hosted a lecture on “Belt and Road Initiative: a new era of internationalisation of Chinese medicine” by Associate Dean of SCM Professor Zhao Zhongzhen under the University's Belt and Road Public Lecture and Concert Series. 

Professor Zhao said that traditional Chinese medicine is China's traditional advantageous resource. In recent years, China has made remarkable progress in the field of traditional Chinese medicine. While there are many opportunities for the development of traditional Chinese medicine, there are also many constraints and challenges, such as resource dependence in the development of traditional Chinese medicine, acknowledgement and regulation of traditional Chinese medicine by countries, the standard system of traditional Chinese medicine being subject to external factors, and not being able to bring the advantages and features of traditional Chinese medicine into full play, and so forth. He concluded that there needs to be large-scale international cooperation research programmes to solve these problems.