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Traditional Chinese Medicine experts gather at Kew

In July, Kew is hosting an international meeting on Traditional Chinese Medicine. The exciting event will bring together experts to discuss and debate the current challenges and opportunities that face the global development of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM).

This year celebrates 500 years since the birth of Li Shizhen, known as the father of Traditional Chinese Medicine. Over a 27-year period he compiled the Compendium of Materia Medica. This huge collection of Shizhen’s work covers over 1,800 drugs that form the basis of Traditional Chinese Medicine.  

As part of the celebrations to mark his birth the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew and London South Bank University (LSBU) are hosting an international meeting from 4–6 July,
that brings together scientists from across Asia and Europe. 

The meeting aims to address the current challenges and opportunities that face the global development of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM).
The following themes are being covered at the conference: 
•    Availability and quality of the genetic resources used in TCM
•    Regulatory environment associated with modern drug development 
•    Advances in analytical technique that further our understanding of the complex mixtures used in TCM
•    Standardization – quality and safety of TCM
•    New guidelines of, and evidence from, clinical studies
•    Integration of acupuncture into western practices

The conference offers the opportunity to hear from a range of international experts involved in different aspects of TCM research. From those sourcing the plants used in TCM, to those regulating their use, to those undertaking and planning clinical trials and to the companies developing new products based on TCM ingredients. 

To find out more about the 6th International Annual Meeting of The Good Practice in Traditional Chinese Medicine Research Association (GP-TCM RA) please see the event page.

Registration is open until Friday 15 June: book your place now

If you are interested in attending the meeting but have not yet registered, please contact the meeting organisers