Conference Reports

Summer, 2001
Professor M.F. Mei

Over the past few months I have had the opportunity to attend several important international congresses. Following is a short report on them.

The first conference was held on 19th – 21st April 2000, in Beijing; The congress centred on the theme’ of ‘Life-science and Clinical Medicine.’ The plenary session included Dr. Carleton Gajdusek, (the Noble Prize Laureate) on infectious amyloids. Professor Tang on the progress of clinical aspects in primary and liver cancer, and related basic research. Other interesting key-note speakers included: Professor Lei Shi Li on the scientific appraisal of TCM in the treatment of kidney diseases, Dr. P. Hiao on the modernisation of herbal medicine in the 21st Century, as well as Dr. H. Wagner from Germany on new targets for phyto pharmacology. Another interesting report was given by William J. Rutter on Biotechnology in the 21st Century.

The plenary session was followed by two days of clinical forum, running concurrently on separate subjects such as; cancer, infections, diabetes and kidney disease, environmental toxicology and heart and circulation defects.

The second conference was held on 22nd – 24th April in Beijing, on Traditional medicine and organised by the Ministry of Health. This congress was attended by 4700 delegates from all over the world, double the attendance number of the ‘Clinical medicine’ congress. 1628 papers were delivered on subjects ranging from the modernisation of traditional medicine to many topics relating to internal medicine, acupuncture research and pharmacological study.

Both events were attended by prominent professors and academic organisations in China with the full collaboration of the W.H.O. and were followed by a massive celebration dinner at the Halls of the Peoples Congress, with Chinese song and dance performances – Signifying that the era of ‘medical diplomacy’ and the East/West Integrated Medicine approach is about to begin!

The Chinese initiative was followed by the International Congress on Integrated Medicine, held on 2nd and 3rd of July in Bangkok, organised by the Ministry of Health, Thailand, and attended by 1000 delegates.

I have represented the CMIR and the AcuMedic Foundation in all events including the government forum which was held in Beijing to formalise the strategy of integrating traditional natural medicine with conventional Western medicine, in order to make the national healthcare budget effective in many countries who’s Ministers and Government officials were attending.

A separate meeting was also held on the formation of the World Federation of Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture Societies,’ to replace the old ‘World Federation of Acupuncture Societies.’

The CMIR will play a prominent role in these processes and active participation from members is invited.