New appointment to Joint Chair in Traditional Chinese Medicine

1 February 2010

Professor Kelvin Chan, Joint Chair in Traditional Chinese Medicine at the Faculty of Pharmacy.
Professor Kelvin Chan, Joint Chair in Traditional Chinese Medicine at the Faculty of Pharmacy.

Professor Kelvin Chan has recently been appointed to the position of Joint Chair in Traditional Chinese Medicine at the Faculty of Pharmacy. This is a joint appointment between the University of Sydney and the University of Western Sydney. The position is funded by the NSW Office of Science and Medical Research, (OSMR).

Before joining the Faculty, Professor Chan held the position of Professor of Pharmacy & Pharmacology and Director of Research & Development in Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences at the University of Wolverhampton, UK.

"I look forward to taking up the challenges of this post and focusing completely on the R & D of Chinese Medicine" he says. "I will be working to coordinate the valuable expertise that exists in both universities to help develop treatments and products from Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) that are beneficial to healthcare."

"We are delighted to have Professor Chan join our staff" said Professor Iqbal Ramzan, Dean of Pharmacy at the University of Sydney, "Professor Chan's work aims to illustrate the evidence-based aspects of TCM as complementary to healthcare in prevention and treatment of diseases."

Professor Chan has extensive experience in the pharmaceutical and pharmacological sciences with significant national and international academic and research credentials in Chinese Medicine. Initially trained as an Industrial Pharmacist in Dosage Form Development, he has over 20 years of working experience and expertise in research on the safety and activity of Chinese medicinal materials (CMM). He has published over 500 articles in peer-reviewed papers, drug monographs, conference presentations, book chapters and three co-edited specialist books on Chinese medicine.

Professor Chan currently sits on the 'International Advisory Board of the Hong Kong Chinese Materia Medica Standards' organised by the Hong Kong Government Department of Health and is appointed as Visiting Professor in several Key Laboratories, such as College of Pharmacy in the University of Jinan (Guangzhou), Institute for Medicinal Plant Development (Beijing) working on TCM in China.

He is a UK member of the 'Working Party on Traditional Chinese Medicines' at the European Directorate for Quality Medicines & Healthcare (EDQM) formulating TCM monographs for the European Pharmacopoeia (2008 to present) and a member of the British Pharmacopoeia Commission Subcommittee on 'Herbal and Complementary Medicines.' (2006 to 2009). He is one of the Founding Members and Editors of Journal of Complementary & Integrative Medicine (Bepress, California) and serves on the editorial boards of 6 other scientific journals.

Professor Chan has also given valuable support as a Consortium Expert of the EU funded Frame-work 7 in Healthcare project on 'Good Practice of Traditional Chinese Medicine in the Post Genomic Era' to the Work Packages 1 (Quality Control) and Work Package 3 (Safety), in addition to being the Co-Chair of Work Package 7 on 'Functional Genomics in R & D of Chinese Herbal Medicines'.

The area of herbal and complementary medicines is a major industry in Australia, and is being increasingly recognised in the health policies of the federal and state governments. The Herbal Medicines Research and Education Centre (HMREC) was established at the Faculty of Pharmacy at the University of Sydney in July 1997 to carry out high quality research and education on herbal and complementary medicines.

Successful implementation of evidence-based use of herbal medicines in health care requires parallel training and education of practitioners and health care professionals in this field.

The HMREC at the Faculty of Pharmacy offers a Master of Herbal Medicines as well as a Diploma or Certificate level qualification, as postgraduate courses of study for those health professionals wanting to upgrade and widen their knowledge base for use in practice or for professional interest.

For further information on the HMREC visit

Contact: Claire Riordan

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