Experts put Chinese medicine in the spotlight

Experts put Chinese medicine in the spotlight

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Some of the world’s foremost experts on Chinese medicine will speak at The University of Nottingham this month for the 8th Meeting for the Consortium for Globalisation of Chinese Medicine (CGCM).

This is the first time that the CGCM annual meeting has been held outside Asia. The University of Nottingham has been chosen to host the event in recognition of its commitment to research in Chinese medicine. The UK is considered one of the most progressive governments in Europe in its support of the field.

The meeting, which takes place at the East Midlands Conference Centre on University Park from 25-28 August, will provide a global showcase for research and development in the field of Chinese medicine. It will also encourage international co-operation between academia, governments and industry.

Professor Yung-Chi Cheng, Chairman of the CGCM, and Professor of Pharmacology at Yale University will co-host the event with the University. Other key speakers include Professor Yang Fujia, Chancellor of the University; and Dr Josephine Briggs, Director of the National Centre for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, part of the US national Institutes of Health

A gala dinner, hosted by the Lord Mayor of Nottingham, Councillor Jeannie Packer, will take place at the City of Nottingham’s Council House on Wednesday August 26.

Chinese traditional medicine and other medicines derived from natural products are used by nearly one third of the world’s population and continue to grow as a popular form of therapy. Chinese traditional medicine, which was evolved empirically over the past four thousand years, has a well-developed theoretical basis for diagnosis, prescription and for treatment using complex collections of botanicals and other ingredients. Over 75,000 formulations are reportedly in use, consisting of combinations of more than 5,000 single compounds. While there is a strong belief that many of these formulations have therapeutic value, clinical and scientific evidence to support the claims is often poorly documented or seriously lacking.

The CGCM conference will aim to explore the methodologies of quality control in the field using modern technologies, develop a database of herbal medicine and encourage international, multi-institutional clinical trials in Chinese medicine.

This year’s meeting will host discussions including cancer treatment, the classification of herbal medicines and the cultivation and manufacture of quality medicines.

Professor Stephen Hill, Head of the University’s School of Biomedical Sciences, said: “It is a great privilege for the University to host the first meeting of CGCM outside of Asia. We are delighted to welcome delegates from all over the world to Nottingham and see the meeting as a great opportunity to showcase to world experts our own natural product-based drug discovery activities and to further enhance our collaborative links with China”

For more information on the 8th Meeting for the Consortium for Globalisation of Chinese Medicine, visit www.nottingham.ac.uk/cgcm2009


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