Basser Seminar Series

A Framework in Studying Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) Formulation

Speaker: Dr Simon Poon
The University of Sydney

Time: Friday 30 September 2011, 4:00-5:00pm
Refreshments will be available from 3:30pm
Location: The University of Sydney, School of IT Building, Lecture Theatre (Room 123), Level 1

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Herbal Medicine in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) relies on interactions between ingredients of a prescription. The combination is chosen to promote desirable interactions. Analysing these interactions is important in quantitatively analysing effects of TCM on patient outcomes. In this talk, a framework in Studying Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) Formulation will be discussed. As the existing methods to analyse TCM formulation do not have an adequate quantitative basis for systemic evaluation, the aim is to develop appropriate methods to study complex synergistic or antagonistic interactions in herbs from TCM patient records. The specific goal is to identify core and periphery elements from different herbal combinations. Relevant research methods and concepts from data mining, biostatistics, complex engineering design, pharmacological experiments, social and political sciences for drug discovery will be briefly discussed.

Speaker's biography

Simon Poon, currently a faculty member of the School of IT, is an information systems researcher with interests in data analytics. In recent years he has been exploring ways to study Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) formulations from the data analytics perspective. In this talk, he plans to present a framework that integrates methodologies from diverse research fields to potentially assist TCM drug formulation. He received his BSc and PhD in Information Systems from the University of Sydney. He also holds a Graduate Certificate in Mathematical Sciences and a Master in Engineering Management from the University of Technology Sydney. In 2009, he completed his Master in Public Health (with specific interest in epidemiological methods) from the school of Public Health at the University of Sydney. His current research interest is applying quantitative research methods in the health informatics domain. He was a visiting student at the School of Public Health in Boston University between January and July 2008. Recently from January to July 2011, he spent his sabbatical leave as a visiting research scientist at the Institute of Chinese Medicine in The Chinese University of Hong Kong, and at the Department of Health Technology and Informatics in The Hong Kong Polytechnic University.