Experts put Chinese medicine in the spotlight

18 Aug 2009 15:37:00.000

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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.

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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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Notes to editors: The University of Nottingham is ranked in the UK's Top 10 and the World's Top 100 universities by the Shanghai Jiao Tong (SJTU) and Times Higher (THE) World University Rankings.


More than 90 per cent of research at The University of Nottingham is of international quality, according to RAE 2008, with almost 60 per cent of all research defined as ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’. Research Fortnight analysis of RAE 2008 ranks the University 7th in the UK by research power. In 27 subject areas, the University features in the UK Top Ten, with 14 of those in the Top Five.


The University provides innovative and top quality teaching, undertakes world-changing research, and attracts talented staff and students from 150 nations. Described by The Times as Britain's “only truly global university”, it has invested continuously in award-winning campuses in the United Kingdom, China and Malaysia. Twice since 2003 its research and teaching academics have won Nobel Prizes. The University has won the Queen's Award for Enterprise in both 2006 (International Trade) and 2007 (Innovation — School of Pharmacy), and was named ‘Entrepreneurial University of the Year’ at the Times Higher Education Awards 2008.


Nottingham was designated as a Science City in 2005 in recognition of its rich scientific heritage, industrial base and role as a leading research centre. Nottingham has since embarked on a wide range of business, property, knowledge transfer and educational initiatives (www.science-city.co.uk) in order to build on its growing reputation as an international centre of scientific excellence. The University of Nottingham is a partner in Nottingham: the Science City.

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