Public Lecture 22nd July, 2010

Linking Practice to Research and Teaching of TCM

Building the TCM research infrastructure based on clinical evidence

Prof. Baoyan liu
Vice President of China Academy of Chinese Medical Sciences


Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is a clinically-based discipline in which the real-world clinical practice plays a significant role for both clinical therapy development and theoretical research. The large-scale clinical data generated during the TCM daily clinical operations provide a high-value knowledge source for clinical decision support. The secondary analysis of these records would be a vital task for TCM clinical studies before random controlled trials could be conducted.

In this report, we discuss the challenges and issues; such as structured data curation, data preprocessing and data quality, large-scale data management and complex data analysis requirement, in the data processing and analysis of the real-world TCM clinical data. Furthermore, we also discuss the related state-of-the-art solutions and research in China. We believe that this report will be a valuable reference for researchers who are interested in TCM clinical data mining and clinical studies.

The importance of IT informatics & networking in R&D of Chinese medicine

Prof. Kelvin Chan
Joint Chair of Traditional Chinese Medicine
The University of Sydney and The University of Western Sydney


Professor Kelvin Chan will share with the audience his views on the role of Chinese medicine in public healthcare. He will focus on the advancing technology of analytical chemistry and systems biology, and their contributions to the understanding of the mechanisms behind TCM from the viewpoint of orthodox medicine.

The linking of this evidence-based knowledge and the principles of holistic diagnosis and treatment in TCM can best be interpreted with the help of bioinformatics and data mining technology. Proper documentation during TCM practice of patient’s reported outcomes and biomarker monitoring will provide data on treatment efficacy and set examples of good clinical practice.

Several groups of scientists and professionals in China, the EU, UK and the USA are working in areas of linking biological and chemical standards of Chinese medicines in quality assurance/control and R & D of these products. He would like to share with you information indicating the importance of networking in getting the best of TCM for integration with healthcare for the public.

Date: 22 July 2010 (Thur)
Time : 6:00pm - Refreshments
6:30pm - Lecture
Venue: New Law School Lecture Theatre 024
The University of Sydney
Organised by The School of Information Technologies
Co-sponsored by the JCTCM program supported by the University of Sydney and the University of Western Sydney