Excellence award for joint paper at International Conference of Traditional Medicine 2009

16 December 2009

Dr George Li was presented with the award by Professor De-an Guo, and Rudolf Bauer.
Dr George Li was presented with the award by Professor De-an Guo, and Rudolf Bauer.

A joint article presented at the International Conference of Traditional Medicine (ICTM) was given the 'Excellent Paper' Award at Symposium 7 of the Conference, which explored the Efficacy, Safety and Quality Control of Traditional Chinese Medicines.

The paper, entitled 'Multiple chromatographic and chemometric methods for quality standardisation of Chinese herbal medicines', (Valentina Razmovski-Naumovski, Wannit Tongkao-on, Benjamin Kimble, Vincent L. Qiao, Bei-lun Lin, Kong M. Li, Basil Roufogalis, Depo Yang, Meicun Yao, George Q. Li) was developed by researchers from the Faculty of Pharmacy at the University of Sydney and the School of Pharmaceutical Science at Sun Yat-sen University in Guangzhou, China.

Dr Li, Dr Razmovski-Naumovski, and the team have proposed a new method for quality standardisation of herbal medicines, which uses multiple analytical techniques linking to biological and clinical studies.

The article has also been recommended for publication in a Chinese peer review journal World Science and Technology - Modernisation of Traditional Chinese Medicine.

The ICTM, organised by the Guangdong Province Government, was sponsored by 15 ministries of the Chinese Central Government and co-sponsored by the World Health Organisation. Over 2,800 delegates attended the conference in Guangzhou, China.

Dr Li, Sesquicentenary Lecturer in Herbal Medicines and Coordinator of the Herbal Medicines Research Centre at the Faculty of Pharmacy met with researchers from Australia, China, US, and Europe.

"I am delighted that our paper has been recognised in this way" he said. "A major reason for attending these conferences is to meet with and develop relationships between our university and our partners, and to encourage future collaborative activities and identify opportunities for postgraduate training, or staff and student mobility".

Dr Li also presented on the Master of Herbal Medicines program to the agents of the University of Sydney. The Herbal Medicines program offered by the Faculty of Pharmacy is designed to provide advanced scientific and pharmaceutical education on the clinical application of herbal medicines. It aims to integrate traditional medicine knowledge and modern pharmacognosy and pharmacology. Areas of study include traditional western and Chinese medicine; herbal chemistry and analysis; pharmacognosy; basic and clinical pharmacology of commonly used Chinese and western herbs; and regulation of herbal medicines.

For more information on the Herbal Medicines Program at the Faculty of Pharmacy please clickhere.

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