Professor ZHAO Zhongzhen
Associate Dean
School of Chinese Medicine
Hong Kong Baptist University

Prof. Zhao obtained the Bachelor and Master degrees from Beijing University of Traditional Chinese Medicine and China Academy of Traditional Chinese Medicine in 1982 and 1985, respectively. In 1992, he obtained his PhD degree in Tokyo University of Pharmacy and Life Science in Japan. Prof. Zhao has won the Award of National Outstanding Scientist from China Ministry of Labor in 1992. He has been the Research Director of Laboratory of Chinese Medicine, ISKRA Industry Co. LTD, Japan from 1992 to 1999. He joined Hong Kong Baptist University as Associate Professor and the programme director of Bachelor of Pharmacy (Hons) in Chinese Medicine in 1999. He is currently Professor since 2005 and Associate Dean since 2012. Prof. Zhao was invited as Visiting Professor in Osher Research Center Harvard Medical School during his Sabbatical Leave (July 2009-January 2010). Prof. Zhao also has served as the advisor of Traditional Medicines in the West Pacific Region of World Health Organisation and of the USP Dietary Supplements- Botanicals Expert Committee. He is the member of Chinese Medicines Board, Chinese Medicine Council of Hong Kong and International Advisory Board, HK Standard of Chinese Materia Medica, Department of Health, HK and Chinese Pharmacopoeia Committee, China. Prof. Zhao was appointed as member of the Chinese Medicine Development Committee of Hong Kong Government since 2013.


Prof. Zhao is a renowned expert in Pharmacognosy. He has been actively engaged in the authentication of Chinese Materia Medica, and quality assurance of herbal medicines/proprietary herbal medicinal products in recent years. He is responsible for teaching Authentication of Chinese Materia Medica, Chinese Materia Medica and Chinese Medicinal Formulae.


Traditional Chinese medicine is China's traditional advantageous resource. In recent years, China has made remarkable achievements in the field of traditional Chinese medicine. As China's unique health resources, outstanding cultural resources, important ecological resources and potential economic resources, traditional Chinese medicine is increasingly valued at home and abroad.


General Secretary Xi Jinping pointed out that: "We should promote traditional Chinese medicine to the world, as well as effectively inherit, develop and make good use of traditional Chinese medicine -- the precious treasure left to use by our ancestors." Meanwhile, the national strategic planning of the "Belt and Road" clearly proposes that China will expand cooperation with the countries along the "Belt and Road" in the field of traditional medicine.  Conducting international cooperative scientific program of traditional Chinese medicine and building platforms for international scientific and technological exchanges and cooperation in traditional Chinese medicine conform to the exchange, cooperation and win-win spirit of the "Belt and Road", and are important measures to implement the national strategy.


Traditional Chinese medicine is also a unique link between the Chinese civilization and the civilizations of the world. The external communication and exchanges of traditional Chinese medicine and medicine has a long history. According to the records of Song Hui Yai Ji Gao, through the Arabs, the government of the Song Dynasty exported more than 60 kinds of Chinese herbal medicine to Africa and other places through the Bureau for Foreign Shipping, which added the species of medicinal herbs in these regions and promoted the development of medical service. With the change of human medicine models, medical models, and disease spectrum, modern medicine cannot meet the needs of human disease prevention and health preservation. The international community has been aware of the value of traditional medicine, mainly including traditional Chinese medicine.


While the development of the subject of traditional Chinese medicine faces many opportunities, there are also many constraints and challenges. For example, resource dependence in the development of traditional Chinese medicine and the effect of traditional Chinese medicine has not yet been legally approved by most countries, the standard system of traditional Chinese medicine is subject to external factors, and the advantages and features of traditional Chinese medicine cannot be brought into full play, etc. To solve these problems needs to be promoted through large-scale international cooperation research programs. All in all, based on the national requirements, national strategy, world's needs, discipline development and so on, it is really necessary to carry out the big scientific plan for cooperation in traditional Chinese medicine, which is of great practical significance.

Belt and Road Initiative: A New Era of Internationalisation of Chinese Medicine
2017.10.21 (Sat)
11:30 am – 12:45 pm
Tsang Chan Sik Yue Auditorium (AAB201), 2/F, Academic and Administration Building, HKBU, Kowloon Tong

Professor Huang Luqi will not be able to visit Hong Kong; Professor Zhao Zhongzhen, Associate Dean of School of Chinese Medicine, Hong Kong Baptist University, will deliver the lecture on his behalf.   We apologise for the inconvenience caused to those who have registered.

The “Belt and Road” public lecture by Professor Zhao Zhongzhen (11:30am -12:45pm) will immediately follow the Seventh Honorary Professorship Conferment Ceremony-cum-Seminar of the School of Chinese Medicine (9:45 am-11:20 am) on 21 October 2017. Registered Chinese medicine practitioners who attend both events will be awarded 3 CMP credits. For registration, please visit the SCM website (http://scm.hkbu.edu.hk/honprof).

Seminar on 21 Oct 2017